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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Home :)

Hello friends

Arrived home yesterday to a very happy Bella and still lively kittens.
I apologise in advance - this is a photo heavy blog post!

As I mentioned Gamescom is huge, this is just one of the halls
with the boys walking down it, the screens are gigantic!
And this is what geeky boys do....(and yes this mum did too!) 
 When all that gaming is over we rewarded ourselves with cocktails...
We fitted in some sightseeing...
this is one of the bridges in Cologne where couples place a padlock and throw the
key into The Rhine (I know they do this in Paris too) such a nice idea although we were
told the bridge is collapsing under the weight so occasionally they have to cut a lot of the 
padlocks off! 
 We found our way to the Lindt Chocolate Museum - well, silly to miss that.
An incredible chocolate fountain and yes we sampled the chocolate..quite a lot of it 
truth be told (diet starts soon!)
And we did some shopping - yes a C&A 
(my very first job was in C&A so it was nice to see one again).
 Across the road from our rather plush hotel (this is the view from the lift lobby)
was a music festival going on, lots of different food and drink stands.
I contemplated whether one of these would be a suitable wine glass for home!
 And then we discovered chimney cakes, a dough rolled and wound onto a sort of wooden
mould/rolling pin and cooked over a fire. 
They are then dipped in a choice of sugar, nuts, seeds, cinnamon - and delicious!
So I think that is enough photos if you've reached this far :)
Suffice to say it was a brilliant trip.

A little announcement now...
Please still feel free to order from the website and any enquiries do not hestitate
to email hope-chances@live.co.uk

Tuesday Tip/Technique will be back next week, 
this jaunt to Germany has thrown me out of sync a little! 

Take care friends.

30 comments:

Kitty Davies said...

Hi Christine and boys.
Thank you your photos are wonderful, have a rest now. Take care Kitty

hazel young said...

Lovely photos Christine love the padlock idea. So glad you all had a wonderful time. Enjoy your little break from the shop xx hazel

ElizabethS said...

Hi Christine, wow what a fantastic time you must have had. Brilliant. You mention C&A, well they have them in Holland. I have to say I was surprised they were still on the go albeit in another country. I was not quite so surprised to see the chimney cakes though. I saw them in Prague last December when I went. They are yummy aren't they? We had mulled wine with ours being Christmas and all that...hic.
Have a lovely day.
Elizabeth x

PharmacyMichele said...

Photos look great, am guessing you all emjoyed the trip!

Michele.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you all had a good time. Those chimney cakes look nice. Was that a chocolate tree growing out of the fountain, do you think we could grow one on our allotment?!! JuliaT x

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. It is always lovely to see pics of you all. It looks like Elliott, Mitchell and you all had a great time.
It would have been daft not to visit the Lindt Chocolate Museum....yummy. I think the padlock bridges are such a sweet idea, not surprised they have to be removed after a while though or there wouldn't be a bridge to lock them on :)
I wish we still had C&A, most of my weekend job money went on clothes from their Clockhouse range. We are showing our age now though Christine, Gem (19) looked blank when I talked about C&A a while ago!
The chimney cakes look delicious, cinnamon sounds really good.They look similar to what we make over Scouting campfires, except we fill ours with jam : )
You are going to be busy at some point aren't you, making scrapbook pages of this wonderful visit. Have a good day. Take care.

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine
Glad you all enjoyed the trip, lovely Photo's to give you some very happy memories .
I think the glass would just do nicely when you are resting in the evenings with wine and chocolates .

Take Care
Elaine H X

Ann said...


Hi Christine

So pleased you all had a wonderful trip pics are fab. Thankyou for sharing.

Hugs Annxx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, So glad you all got back home safe and sound, and the photos show you have all had a fantastic holiday, lovely piccies !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

val jones said...

Hi Christine.
Sounds as if you all had a great time. Love those cakes.
Love Val in Spain x

marg said...

Hello Christine
Such a lot of memories to cherish!
So pleased you all enjoyed it!
Take Care
Love Marg

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Your photo's are great,I am really pleased you all had a good time.
I will look at you website for what I want while the shop is closed,your prices and delivery are fantastic.
I hope you have a good day. Take care. x.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
So pleased you all had a good time, thanks for sharing the photos. I see scrapbook pages coming.
Lydia
X

Janice said...

Welcome home Christine and your boys! Great photos you've shared, I'm so pleased you all had a fabulous time.
I love the food the German food, your photos have made me feel hungry!
Enjoy your break from the shop,
Janice x

LoraineC said...

Love the photos, glad you had an amazing time. Enjoy your break x

AnneRD said...

Hi Christine. Great pictures, especially the one of the two boys. So pleased you all had a well deserved trip together. Anne x

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos and I am so glad you all had a lovely time.

Take care

Claire

Wendy L said...

Wonderful pics, looks like a great time was had by all and well deserved too, xxxx

Janice said...

Looks like you all had a fabulous time - well deserved too !!. I used to love going into C&A's when I first started working in Bromley at the age of 16. All that chocolate and cocktails - you certainly know how to have a good time. Have a good day (although you are probably wading through a tonne of washing LOL ) Janice xx

Anonymous said...

Fantastic pics. Thanks so much for sharing.
Phil

Anonymous said...

Fantastic pics. Thanks so much for sharing.
Phil

Laura O said...

great photos ,looks like you all had a fantastic time .Laura O

Maggie said...

Hello Christine. Goodness me your photos certainly give us a taste of Germany. Your boys must be happy chaps to have seen and done all that and staying in a posh hotel too. Have a few days off by all means, but don't forget us please. xxMargaretxx

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Love the photos and it looks like you had a good time. love Jean Z xx

Lacelady said...

Wow, the Germans seem to go in for things in a BIG way - thanks for sharing the pics. Those chimney cakes look yummy, why don't we have them here?

Carolyn H said...

Hi Christine, thanks for sharing what definately comes across as 'a great weekend had by all'!
Love Carolyn.

Jacquie said...

Hi Christine,

Wow, everything looks fabulous particularly the 'wine' glasses and Lindt Chocolate lol!

So glad you all had a wonderful time, great experience for the boys.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx
http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

SusanP, Kent said...

Great pictures. You obviously filled every moment and had a fun time. Strangely, I have a massive craving for some chocolate now. I wonder why?

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said....

Hi Christine, so glad you all had a wonderful trip!

Love, Belinda. X

Carole Z said...

HI Christine, I'm playing catch up again this week, love the photos - thank you for sharing them and so pleased you had such a great time and managed to do so much...I've seen the padlocks in Italy too, but not as many in one place, hugs Carole Z X

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