Results tagged “Apartments” from Europe Honeymoon 2008

Well it wouldn't be normal if I didn't wake up at 6am right..? Hrmm :)

Not that we got ready any earlier, in fact we had a very slow morning and didn't get out the door til after 11!

View from our apartment on Rheinsbergerstrasse
View from our apartment on Rheinsbergerstrasse

Our first stop was the remainder of the wall at Bernauer Strasse, and the viewing platform there. Was kicking myself that we didn't go up the Fernsehturm today, as the weather was perfect for it - not a cloud in the sky.  I could have gone back I suppose, but it would have been another 9 euro :/

New Chapel of Reconciliation, built on the location of the old church
New Chapel of Reconciliation, built on the location of the old church 

One of the three bells they recovered before demolishing the church
One of the three bells they recovered before demolishing the church 

Site of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse
Site of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse

Remnant of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse
Remnant of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse

Next we trained it to Potsdamer Platz to have a look at all the newish shops/buildings there. We stopped for lunch at a sushi place, which had an interesting variety of (mostly deep fried) dishes to choose from. Was very good, but they soured my mood about the place when they told me off for drinking from my bottle of tap water :(  Bumheads. You can't *get* tap water in this country, so it's all very frustrating :(

Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz 

Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz

Went up and had a look through the Sony store, then was going to look at the Lego place, but they wanted 14.50 *each* so decided to give that a miss. Lego is such a money-grabbing company, that it rates up there in evilness with Disney and eBay for how much I hate it (but can't escape).

Einstein at Legoland Berlin
Einstein at Legoland Berlin 

Potsdamer Platz station
Potsdamer Platz station

So that was all very average, so went up to the Starbucks next to the Brandenburg Gate so Stu could get an iced coffee, then we walked down to the memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. It was brilliant!  It's a few thousand concrete blocks stacked in a grid taking up a whole city block. The middle section dips down and the blocks there are quite tall so you can walk amongst it all. It's kind of maze-like, even though it's not a maze at all. And it's incredibly photogenic! Took lots of photos there.

Starbucks coffee and cake at the Brandenburg Gate
Starbucks coffee and cake at the Brandenburg Gate 

Poppies at the Brandenburg Gate
Poppies at the Brandenburg Gate 

Horses and Carriages at the Brandenburg Gate
Horses and Carriages at the Brandenburg Gate 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The irony of this place is the company that produced the chemical that
makes the concrete graffiti-proof is the same company that made the
gas that killed the Jews during the war.... 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 

Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 

Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Reichstag over the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Reichstag over the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate over the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate over the Memorial to the Murdered
Jews of Europe 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Hopped on a train over to Alexander Platz, stopping for a beer before going to the Media Markt there. It's kinda like the electronics section of Harvey Norman except like five times the size - in this case four stories of electronic goodness. They didn't have any Eee PC batteries (or any Eee PC stuff for that matter), but we did pick up an 8gb Sony usb memory stick for 25 euro. And Stu got a little micro SD-usb dongle for 8 euro.

Berliner Pilsner under the Fernsehturm
Berliner Pilsner under the Fernsehturm 

World Clock under the Fernsehturm
World Clock under the Fernsehturm 

Stu next to the 69999 Euro TV
Stu next to the 69999 Euro TV

So then we wandered back to our apartment, but just as we were arriving, we got a call from the owner/manager asking why we hadn't left yet, and we were all "but we booked five nights".. But it turns out we only booked four, the last day being the checkout day.. Oops! :(  So we had like half an hour to not only pack up all our stuff, but also find another hotel at short notice.. Very stressful. But luckily Stu did find one, within walking distance even, so we plodded over, and it thankfully has interent, as we were planning on spending our last evening quietly doing research for our upcoming days of travel. Not that we really did that much, as it took us a while to calm down, and then we went out for dinner (to Der Imbiss again) and by the time we got back it was after 9:30.

Anyways, should have a bit of time in the morning...
Again woke up early but got back to sleep, having a luxurious sleep in until 7:20 :)

After breakfast I figured I had half an hour to get to the cathedral to finish taking photos, so did that while Stu finished breakfast. Also checked at the electronics store but it didn't open until 10am :(

Interior of Cologne Cathedral
Interior of Cologne Cathedral, looking back towards the main entrance 

Another look at the crazy pixel stained-glass window
Another look at the crazy pixel stained-glass window 

The main aisle of the cathedral - completely deserted!  I was amazed..
The main aisle of the cathedral - completely deserted! I was amazed.. 

Pews lined up
Pews lined up 

This is how they keep the pigeon poop off the statues..
This is how they keep the pigeon poop off the statues..

Anyways, we packed up our stuff and headed to the train station (this time making our reservation the day before!). Yet again we were facing backwards - doh! Took an ICE train with no changing so the whole trip from Cologne to Berlin took 4.5 hours. Puttering along at 250 km/h in places. Was completely stunned at how *lush* the countryside looks. You kinda forget that Australia is not the norm when it comes to rainfall! Of course that means that it must rain. A lot. (Trivia: the producers of The Sound of Music had this problem when shooting the movie, where it rained two days out of three.. Hrmmm)

Our ICE train to Berlin
Our ICE train to Berlin 

Leaving Cologne
Leaving Cologne 

Leaving Cologne
Leaving Cologne 

Wind turbines
Wind turbines. These things are everywhere in Germany. I wish Australia
would follow suit 

The train got up to 250 km/h
The train got up to 250 km/h

Anyway, things were going ok until just before we pulled into Berlin when I started freaking out about the place and it was all so big and didn't know what local train tickets we should buy and didn't know how the apartment would be and didn't know where anything was .. And it was all too much. :(

But. We did manage to find our way to the apartment (that Stu found on Craigslist) and even stood on the location of the Berlin Wall without realising it. It even has internet!

We went out for a walk to do some shopping but needed to find a geldautomat (ATM) first. Cologne had one on every other block (admittedly that was in the touristy areas). Not so here. Walked around for half an hour before we found one :( So did some shopping to get some breakfasts and tonight's dinner.

Spent quite a while tonight researching stuff to see. Stuff I shoulda done before we left but just didn't get around to :(

The apartment here is nice.  Light and airy. Decent sized living room, huge main bedroom, tiny second bedroom (setup with couches facing a blank wall), combined bathroom with washing machine.  The shower though is in the bath, but there is no curtain, so water just goes all over the bathroom when you have a shower.  Oops. 

Living room of the flat in Berlin
Living room of the flat in Berlin 

Kitchen in the flat in Berlin
Kitchen in the flat in Berlin. Stu liked the drying
rack/plate storage above the sink


Latest night (10:20) so far....