Saturday, February 28, 2009
I'm FINALLY getting around to telling you about my Berlin trip (two weeks later!).
Arrived at 10am, it was snowing and f-f-f-freezing. Got to the hotel, checked in and decided to have a look around the area. We tried a currywurst from a roadside fast-food booth, not bad. It was LASHING rain so we took one of those city tour buses, the hop-on/hop-off ones. Only we didn't hop off. It was a great way to see the sights - Brandenberg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall, The Reichstag.... Then we found a nice little pub and sampled the local beers. No complaints there!
For the next few days, we strolled around and found our bearings. We were just around the corner from a Ku'damm, one of the main shopping streets, it was glorious. I couldn't believe how cheap the prices were. We're really being fleeced here in Ireland. So I bought some shoes and a couple of shirts for work.
The Berlin Film Festival was on also, but we couldn't organise ourselves to go to any of the films. There seemed to be a really good buzz around the city.
We visited the zoo (the poor animals were freezing) and the Natural History Museum, we walked for miles over the 5 days we were there, with food and drink stops every few hours. I loved the food, lots of meat and bread. Somehow, I managed to pile on 5lbs - that's 1lb per day....sheesh!!
So, it was a great break - a pity it was so cold but what did I expect in February?!!