Note: this blog was written back in June as we started our
mega-holiday. I don’t like to publish things while we are away so I have a huge
backlog of holiday blogs to get through. I hope that you enjoy them.
We have just arrived in Phuket (Thailand) for the first leg
of our holiday. This is the relaxing bit where we get over jetlag before we go
to Hong Kong next week for the main part of our holiday.
Watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix has been a
bit of a guilty pleasure for the past few weeks. Eight episodes of this joyful, pint size
Japanese lady (and her equally lovely translator) entering people’s home and
teaching how to declutter their living spaces which ultimately help them to
declutter their lives has been thought provoking at least.
Photoshop requires you to be creative and design savvy, two
things I am not. I spent a year miserably failing in a photoshop based job. I
think the only thing I learned to efficiently in that time was crop things
It was one of my goals to extend my knowledge, but it has not been easy. 1: Photoshop is expensivvvvve. Spare cash I have not. 2: Beginner’s photoshop tuition is expensive and you need to dedicate time to it. Time I have not. 3: There are lots of YouTube videos explaining various techniques but they rarely start from the very basics.
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!