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Friday 20 January 2012

7500 bricks of gingerbread...

Ok, the Christmas posts are almost done. Just a few more to share.

I started sharing the activities that featured in Ava and Lola's advent calendar but then I got a little lazy (or busy with setting up our apartment) and I never got around to going through them all.

So here we go with a few more of the activities that featured in the advent calendar...

One day on the advent calendar (I forget which) the "voucher" entitled Ava and Lola to visit the Giant Gingerbread Cottage at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Now this Gingerbread Cottage really should be named the Gingerbread Mansion. At two storeys high and made of 7500 gingerbread bricks this "cottage" makes quite a stately home. As well as all that gingerbread the cottage consists of thousands of candy canes, liquorice all sorts, lollies and what must've been about a cement truck full of icing! Pretty much the only non-edible parts were the giant "candy cane" pillars at the front and all the twinkling fairy lights.

It's all about location, location, location; and look at the location this cottage has!

The Gingerbread Cottage

Ava and the Gingerbread Cottage

About to take a bite?

Mmm... delicious details

Liquorice and candy canes and gingerbread, oh my!

Look at those candy canes


I can't imagine how long it would have taken to bake and build it all. Probably about as long as it took for us to walk up the incredibly steep hill that the Fairmont Hotel is perched on top of! As you can see from the photo below it was a pretty tiring hike uphill - especially with two prams!

Ava and Mylee (pushing little Tate) struggling up the hill

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