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Susie and Aprils trip to Inhorgenta.  A trade show for jewellery and watches in Munich, Germany.  The journey started with a Sunday afternoon coach trip from the airport to the centre of Munich.

The coach took us through a sunny winter wonderland - a white landscape of fur trees dusted with powdery snow.

On arrival at Hauptbahnhof Central Station in Munich, we eventually found our way onto the U2 to Hohnzollerplatz, where we caught a train to our hostel - Haus International.

Sunday eveing was spent at a lovely bar/restaurant, where we were joined by our college's from Central Saint Martins - Sian Evans, Pip Jolly and Frieda Munro (who also works with us here at Alex Monroe!)

the warm, welcoming glow of food and beer!

Sian, Pip and Frieda

A traditional German meal of meat and potatoes, perfect for keeping us warm!

what looks like a snowball, is in fact, a potato dumpling or GIANT gnocchi!

no trip to Bavaria would be complete without sampling the local beer!

We decided to be brave and walk back to our hostel, but soon jumped onto a tram when the -10 temperature got the better of us!

and of course, the all important midnight snacks :)

On Monday, we took the U2 to Messastcht West for our first trip to Inhorgenta.  This massive trade show has 6 huge halls filled with jewels, tools and designers.  We concentrated on stones, beads, tools and machinery for the new purpose built workshop at Snowsfield.

Susie was looking for coloured diamond dealers to supply our new Bespoke range.  One dealer from Antwerp caught our eye with his stunning gems, and we have already started a bespoke commission using them!

chocolate and champagne diamonds - yum!

Beautiful beads in every colour and shape!

Amazing 'one-off' cut stones - wouldn't these make the most fantastic piece of jewellery?!

After our eyes had been dazzled by all the beautiful gems, we visited the tool hall and found new suppliers to kit out our new workshop.

On returning to our hostel, we took a short (freezing!) walk through the old town.

St. Peters Church

On Tuesday we flew home to a much, much warmer London.  With our bags stuffed full of gems, tools and most importantly, sweets for the AM gang!

Susie & April x x

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