Nice breakfast to set us up for the day. We took the U-Bahn to the Brandenburg Tor to get a closer look and visit the tourist office nearby., Luckily we did, there was a jobs fair at the Olympic Park so we postponed our plans to visit until tomorrow.
From the Tor, we headed East from Pariser Platz down the magnificent main parade marveling at the magnificent buildings. The French and American Embassies have pride of place in the square but just around the corner nestles the British Embassy in a striking Modern building.
My son and I had a whirlwind trip to Berlin back in March.
The weekend was primarily so that he could practice his German (GCSEs are just
around the corner now) and to learn a little history too, but it is nice to get
away as well, and I certainly wasn’t going to say no.
Berlin is an hour and a half flight from Gatwick, there are
two airports both within easy reach of the city centre, so is perfect for a
weekend. Don’t expect to cover it all in a weekend though, there is so much to do.
We did a lot, and I mean a LOT but hurrah there is still enough left to warrant
a second visit.
Berlin is easy to get around. My tip is to stay as close as you can to the U-Bahn (underground) or S-Bahn (rapid transit city train) and you’ll get everywhere easily. Our hotel was called the Titanic Comfort, despite a few minor housekeeping hiccups it was comfortable, functional and best of all it was two mins from Spittlemart U-Bahn and a short 15 walk from Checkpoint Charlie which was where our two and a half day adventure and history download began!
I always count my blessing that we live only twenty minutes away from my happy place, the glorious Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Ashdown was one of the reasons we moved to East Grinstead many moons ago and since then I have always enjoyed our rambles through its wooded copses and over its rolling hills with my family.
When I dropped Charlie off at University the most I saw of
Nottingham was a retail park where we picked up a few last bits. I left and I
hadn’t seen Nottingham at all.
We had our first opportunity to look around when we visited
her during half term. Charlie, by now, knew the town centre fairly well (and naturally
one or ten nightclubs) but she welcomed the opportunity to look around some of
the touristy places with her family.
Go on an organised tour of a town or city (#80) with Dominic
Crossing off two challenges at once is a great feeling but to do three in a day is quite amazing.
Two challenges were planned and one was a complete surprise (more about that in another blog).
I rarely spend any length of time with Dominic one of my sons. For no other reason than I am either at poolside with his brother (a keen swimmer) or I am busy with work, daughter, blogging etc. His life is just as busy. We rarely have a completely free day so when one came up I decided to make the most of it.
August means holidays! We had an extended break this year as our drive to the South of France took a while but we had a fabulous time thanks to three very successful AirBnb stops ( we used AirBnb for the first time this year – contact me for more info) and Canvas Holidays who were instrumental in giving the kids a great holiday, they are already talking about next year!