As we arrived in Germany last week we were greeted by my brother and his girlfriend with two beautiful posies of flowers. Aren't they fantastic? Such a gorgeous welcome it was. I felt like I was arriving to my second home and as we drove away from the airport, I realised how much I've missed Germany in the last year. My brother always makes me feel very at home in his house, so walking in the door it was like putting on a forgotten pair of slippers. Comfortable and familiar.
The first day it was cold but dry, so we decided to a Christmas market at Hellbrunner. It is situated in the grounds of an old palace. And even though the cold air was nipping at our cheeks, the people were very warm and welcoming. There was so much to see here and not only the market stalls.
This gentleman was selling traditional German horns and every few minutes he would stand up, select an instrument and give a demonstration. Such a wonder to hear.
There was plenty there too for kids. There was a petting zoo with some ever so cute farm animals...
reindeers walking around and some of the sweetest sheep that I've ever seen. They also lit a large campfire where the kids would sit around and listen to stories of legends. Their little faces entraled and fixated on the storyteller. There was a large baking house too and the children would sit at long tables and make their own Christmas cookies and then watch them as they bake in the old stone oven and then later decorate them when they cooled. I can't wait until I can bring my Lucy and Patrick to share in this too. They would love it!
The following day we went to Hintersee. There is a beautiful walk around the lake with the most spectacular views.
This truly has to be one of my most favourite places in the world. It is peaceful and utterly breathtaking. I love to just sit there and wonder at the beauty of mother nature.
The water here is crystal clear but the colour of emeralds because it is so nutrient rich.
We hoped for snow every day and it seemed to fall everywhere but where we were in Freilässing! So my brother decided to drive us through the Austrian Alps to see the snow there. The mountains looked like they were dusted with icing sugar and were awe inspiring. I've never seen anything like them in my life. I just sat in the back of the car in silence as I gaped out every window to watch the scenery pass by as we whizzed in and out of the tunnels.
On the Austrian side of the Alps there was less snow, unfortunately. But we did spot this huge castle. It looks like something out of Merlin! I couldn't get close enough to get a proper picture and my Mother certainly wasn't fit to walk to the top. So some better photos will have to wait until next time. What a place that would be to live, surrounded by all those mountains. So long as you didn't forget the milk for your tea!
Well I have a lot more to show and tell you but I'm exhausted after our day travelling home. I was hoping to get blogging over there but I was having problems uploading my photos. I hope to do another couple of posts over the weekend. I hope that you enjoy reading it and looking at my pictures and that I haven't turned into one of those very boring people who make you sit down and go through all of their holiday photos before they even make you a cup of tea.
Cup of tea anyone?