Travel 2018/2019 – Where Next?

2018/2019 – Baden-Baden, Berlin, Colmar, Freiburg, Helsinki, Kiev, Porto, Strasbourg, Vienna, York Now we’re back from France thoughts inevitably turn to where we might go next, because with just 25 week days to play with in a year, planning is essential. Actually, the next trip is a small UK one, as we’re off to York…

Travel 2016 – Berlin Bears

Friday to Monday, 2nd to 5th December 2016 – Berlin There are an awful lot of bears in Berlin – here are just a few of them!

Travel 2016 – Berlin, Day 4

Monday, December 6th 2016 – Berlin And so for our final day in Berlin. We’d packed, left our bags in our room courtesy of the late checkout option, and had one last breakfast care of the Club Intercontinental (not too much, we were booked for lunch at the Reichstag later in the day) and so…

Food 2016 – Neni and the Marlene Bar, Berlin

Sunday, December 5th 2916 – Neni, 25, Berlin and Marlene Bar, Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin Dinner on the final night stood in remarkable contrast in many ways to the two restaurants that went before. Neni, in the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, provides equally good food, again in an hotel restaurant, but the style is completely different,…

Food 2016 – Käfer Dachgarten, Berlin

Monday, 5th December 2016 – Käfer Dachgarten, The Reichstag, Berlin Lunch at the Reichstag served two purposes for us, enabling us to jump the queue to go up the Dome, and also making sure we didn’t need to bother about food for the rest of the day as we travelled home in the evening. The…

Travel 2016 – Berlin, Day 3

Sunday, December 4th 2016 – Berlin By this stage we’d pretty much hit the point of not making plans though we did start the day vaguely aiming at Museum Island because our Berlin Card included it, and they are always listed as among the top sights in the city. We set off via the U2…

Food 2016 – Restaurant 44, Berlin

Saturday, 4th December 2016 – Restaurant 44, Swissotel, Berlin After the spectacular meal at Hugos the preceding night this was always going to have to be a completely different experience, and to be honest one of the problems we’d hit was wanting to eat within walking distance of the hotel, which restricted our choices somewhat….

Travel 2016 – Berlin, Day 2

Saturday, December 3rd 2016 – Berlin We had a plan – or at least we thought we did! After a brief, brutal but ultimately succesful fight with the coffee machine in the hotel room, we took a leisurely breakfast in the Interconinental Club before stepping out into a crisp, cold but above all clear winter’s…

Food 2016 – Hugos Restaurant, Berlin

Friday, December 2nd 2016 – Berlin, Day 1 (Hugos Restaurant, Intercontinenal Hotel) Of Hugos Restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel the Michelin Guide has this to say: “It is true that the view from the 14th floor is fantastic but this elegant, minimalist-style restaurant is known first and foremost for its classic, modern cuisine, which is…

Travel 2016 – Berlin, Day 1

Friday, December 2nd 2016 – Berlin, Day 1 We set off at a slightly silly hour from our friend’s house in south London to get to City airport for the 08:20 to Berlin Tegel, and although it only takes around 27 minutes at that time of day there began one of the themes of the…