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Oct 11, 2019 - Berlin October 5 to October 9

The blog is back! The blog is back! Will it last? Will it last? Time will tell! Time will tell! Oct. 6, 2019 We finally arrived at our hotel in Berlin around 8:00pm tonight. I had worn my comfortable new bag lady outfit--dress/shirt, leggings and hiking boots and both of us had slept on the plane overnight. Still, it made for a long day in airport terminals, but, as Greg pointed out, it kept us awake. At first glance, Berlin seems to consist of box or rectangular like structures with flat faceless expressions, a most defiant pose! Oct....

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Sep 23, 2019 - Leading the world to a clean future

Germany is a country which has its children’s futures firmly in mind. Their goal is to be coal free by 2038 and indications are they will make it. They’re not hanging back waiting for others to show the way. They have a population of 85 million and a strong economy but they are retreating from nuclear and coal as power sources. Renewables have already overtaken coal providing 41% of the required power. Along the highways there are huge banks of solar panels and forests of wind turbines. Australia could do this, we have a lot less demand,...

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Discovering Denmark

Aug 19, 2019 - Good day as finale in Berlin

Today was our final full day in Berlin. We've filled each day, and it seems strange it all comes to an end tomorrow. As usual, we enjoyed a nice German breakfast with Angelika and were honored that she sat and visited with us. She has more guests in the pension starting tonight, so she'll be busier tomorrow. I had to go to a computer/phone store nearby to fix a problem with my cell phone, so I got off to an earlier start. When that was done, I met the ladies in front of Checkpoint Charlie Museum to get on our City Circle bus. I think we...

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Aug 18, 2019 - Two places filled the day

We awoke to light rain, and tried to figure out how to do what we wanted with rain in the equation. We had another nice breakfast with Angelika, and were out the door by 1000. We had decided to try to do things indoors in the AM and then do something outside in the afternoon when the rain was supposed to stop. That was the plan, but it did not work out exactly the way we wanted. We headed for the new (since 2017) Berlin Bunker Tour. It took a couple of U-Bahn rides, and a longer walk than we thought, but we finally found it. It is off on a...

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Aug 17, 2019 - Start touring Berlin

Aargh! I made a rookie error and lost my entire day's entry. I'll try again now. We all reported a good night's sleep after a fairly long drive yesterday. We went to breakfast at 0900, and Angelika had a nice spread for us. Besides the normal breads and cheeses and meats, she had some fresh fruit. Plus optional muesli and yogurt and other goodies. Angelika sat with us for over an hour telling us about her life in Berlin, and in the former East Germany. She helped us get a 3-day transportation pass, and gave us tips on how to save money on...

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Aug 16, 2019 - Auf den Autobahn or On the Road Again

After a good night's sleep, despite the trains going by all night, we awoke rested and ready for another good breakfast. Thomas was very helpful, and we had a chance to visit. While the Pension Post would imply a connection to the Bundes Post or mail service, he said it was a popular name for small hotels about 100 years ago, and that is the origin of the name. After breakfast, he helped us with the luggage, I retrieved the car from its secure parking spot, and we headed for "Tankstelle" or gas station. We filled up with 48 Euros of diesel,...

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Feb 2, 2019 - Let It Snow

Saturday morning I opted out of the trip to Potsdam. I needed some rest time for my hip and more sleep. After everyone returned around noon Diana and I headed out on the S Bahn to the area of the Museum Isle. As we arrived it started to snow so we ducked into a restaurant and had a nice, leisurely lunch. Then a quick trip in the snow led us across the bridge to the museum. The Neues Museum houses the Egyptian and Prehistory and Early History collections, including an iconic bust of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. Pictures of that were not...

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8 Days on the Ground

Feb 1, 2019 - In Search of Bratwurst, Brötchen and Senf

Today was spent in the bus pretty much the entire day. We left Prague at 8:30am and made two rest stops along the way, arriving Berlin at about 1:00pm. Then we had an hour to find lunch before a city tour. Diana and I really wanted two things for lunch: authentic German food and inside seating since it was about 35F. We succeed on both, but not in the same location. We landed at a food stand where she had curry wurst and I had bratwurst. Then we went across the street to an Italian restaurant where we could sit inside and have lattes before...

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8 Days on the Ground

Dec 29, 2018 - From Olympic Stadiums to Spies

Day 2 An earlier start this morning on a quite cool morning with drizzling rain. Caught an uber out to the 1936 Olympic Stadion. Decided not to do a tour as it only displays soccer information and does not touch on the 1936 Olympic Games during which Hitler was going to show the world about how his ideal of an Aryan race would dominate the games. A pity that American negro Jesse Owens just happened to be participating in the games and pretty much did a clean sweep of his events. Poor Adolf refused to shake Owens’ hand at the medal...

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Dec 28, 2018 - Wilkommen Mein Herren and Dammen to Berlin

DAY 1 All of us had poor sleep overnight as expected until our bodies adjust to being flown back in time. Planned a late start this morning with a free Berlin walking tour, usually with a student living in the city giving you a brief introduction to the city then a walk around significant points. Had our muesli breakfast before heading off in an Uber to Luftgarten and the meeting point for the tour outside the Old Museum and the Berliner Dom church. Our guide was a very androgynous young man from the UK (sounded very Liverpudlian or that...

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Dec 26, 2018 - On the road Again

Departure Day Still struggling with overeating on Christmas Day as is usual I guess. Dogs walked, house tidied and vacuumed and some of the unnecessary Christmas decorations packed away until I get home to do the rest. Over to Vicki’s for a last cup of tea and post Christmas catchup and then back home for last minute check of packing before heading down to Eloise’s to pick up the girls. They still in a frenzy of pre-Christmas buildup and preparations. John drove us to the airport where we arrived well in time to check into the flight. When...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Spreewald and Berlin Part 1

If I remember correctly (actually I'm making Katie look it up) we left off on June 15th, which is the day we left to go to the Spreewald with Ralf, Weebee, and Beeke. Katie and I spent the day sleeping and packing. We hit the road after everyone got home from work/school. The drive took about an hour and a half with Berlin traffic. The apartment we rented was very modern and pretty. The whole apartment was controlled by an iPad or Alexa, whichever you chose to use. It was a little bit excessive with the windows being controlled only...

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