It’s already time to leave this magical appartment with this excellent view of a castle. We drove north toward Innsbruck. …
We shared a very large hotel room with our friend. Breakfast was included; with fruit salad, sausage, meat, eggs, bread… anything you can imagine. A big difference compared to the french baguette and jam we had over the last 2 weeks :). You can tell that the German like big breakfasts.
First we visited the Octoberfest site which ended last week. It is being disassembled; still we get a good idea of the size of the event.
Then we saw the Bavarian lady statue next to the Octoberfest site.
We visited the city center, its churches, cathedrals, public markets and many public places.
We then headed to the English Garden, a river is crossing it with a current strong enough to create a wave where surfing is possible. It is a very big park.
We headed back in town as it started raining and hailling. It’s so cold here; 1 short sleeve, 2 long sleeves and a wind breaker was not enough to keep me warm. I guess it was around 5c with very high level of humidity.
At night, we headed to the famous Hofbraeuhaus for beer and dinner. After 6PM, the only beer format available is the 1 litre jug. That’s a lot of beer.
We managed to find our way back to the hotel. It feels warmer now. 🙂
Waking up too early again, to return the Rental Car while Tina has a few appointments.
Overall, a relaxed day… shopping and writing this blog.
In the evening, we had diner with Tina’s uncle and aunt and later met friends for a drink.
My German is not getting much better, I can barely pick up a few words here and there. When I’m lucky I can place a couple of German words in the conversation without looking too weird 🙂
We left Waldsee very early to pick up our rental car for the week and took the highway in direction of Freiburg and the so-called area “The Black Forest”.
I had a chance to legally test the capabilities of a Ford Fiesta 2015 on the autobahn. I pushed it to 198km/h (when Tina was sleeping); not bad for a compact/economic car. However, I was more often at 160. 😉
Speed limit are constantly changing, it is not unlimited speed all the way. When there is construction, curve or road merge, the speed limit drops to 120, 100 or even 80 km/h. And you usually can’t just let go the accelerator… you need to break as the speed limit may drop from 120 to 60 km/h in less than 250 meters.
It’s fun 🙂
Needless to say, the 200 km were completed in quite short time 😉
We arrived in Freiburg, passed right through, and stopped in a little village to start our hike. We planned a 12 km hike up a 1000 meters mountain. The weather was great and the views just amazing.
We left a little bit short on water (Not even 3L for 2 persons). Luckily, there was a hut at the top where we could get a refill.
We got up very early, took a train at the station 5 minutes walk away, a few station later, we transfered to the express bus to the Berlin Tegel airport.
We are getting pretty good with the overlay complex Berlin Transit Map.
We took an early flight from Berlin to Baden Baden airport.
We did a grocerie for the rest of the week, since everything is much more expensive in Switzerland.
We also stopped at Decathlon, to buy a few sport items 🙂
Today we rented bike to visit berlin.
We saw east side gallery; one of the last section of the Berlin Wall still standing. Every portion of it is filled with painting and art.
After a short snack, we headed to Checkpoint Charlie; a former border control between east and west berlin.
There were hundreds of pictures and text refering to the story of the wall.
We then headed to the Topography of terror; a museum that relate the complete story of Germany… political changes, economical crisis, world war II, hitler, abolition of human right and free speech, racism… and up to now.
Wow! A lot of information.
We biked around berlin the rest of afternoon and met a friend for a drink.
This morning we left Waldsee, in direction of Baden Baden airport.
It is about 70km, we guessed it should not take over an hour … but even if some highway section had no speed limit, there was also section with construction and traffic jam.
We managed to get to the airport 40min before boarding time. Both long duration parking were completely full already, had to park at a more expensive one to avoid missing our flight.
Once we passed the security, we still had 20min before boarding time.
Ohh no! I forgot my phone in the car! It contains the offline GPS map of Berlin, every GPS waypoint for things I want to see, the info for the AirB&B … everything!
I ran to the car, picked up the phone and ran back to the airport, quickly passed through the security gate, just on time for boarding…
1h30 flight later, we landed in Berlin.
Took a shuttle bus to AlexanderPlatz and walk to our AirBnB, 1km from there.
We met our host, got the keys, dropped a few things in the room and start walking toward the museum island.
We stopped to eat a local traditional dish (sausages and curry sauce).
We then headed to the Holocaust Memorial. They are gray stone of different size and hight but perfectly aligned on an uneven terrain. People can walk between the stone where in some area, the stones are twice our hight. There is a museum right under that explains the Holocaust. We plan to visit it tomorrow.
The German parlement was closed by, we took a few picture of the outside while relaxing in the grass.
There was some amazing glass building next door. We went around it, over a narrow bridge over the river and got a nice view on all these building, the river and boardwalk.
We followed the river for some time, passed by the museum island and continued until we stopped for a cold beer on a terasse.
We chose the ballhaus for Diner. A good restaurent but also place known for its disco look and huge dancing floor. Around 20h30, salsa dancing course were starting. 🙂
We decided to opt for the Subway to get back to the AirBnB and save us 2.5km walk.
Tina felt asleep with her clothes on.
Tomorrow is another day in Berlin! 🙂
Today we helped with the preparation for my sister in law wedding in the Hambach Castle.
The castle was built in late middle age, and is considered to be the symbol of the German democracy movement since 1932. It is located about 15 km west from the city of Speyer.
Today we went for a short hike in the forest about 15km west of Speyer. The view was great from the top of the hill.
We also visited Speyer; its main street, its cathedral and the surrounding park.
I had a double expresso while sitting in the main square. It was effective to wake me up and get rid of the Jet lag. It definitely works! BTW, I never drink coffee.
Ok day 2. I didn’t really slept much during the flight. Is it a new day or just the same day that just continue?
I landed in Frankfurt and was picked up at the airport by my girlfriend.
I met parents in law for the first time and managed to say a few words in German.
After an hour afternoon nap, there was the Katrin’s wedding at the city hall; my sister in law. Followed by a party at the parent’s place.
A lot of german discussion, from which I could pick up a few random words.
I’m fighting drowsiness and managed to wait until after 10h30pm before going to sleep.
I finish packing my luggage. I was able to fit hiking boots, bicycle helmet, suit, leather shoes and a lot of cloth; all in the same luggage case. It is a very strange mix.
I experimented Uber X for the first time for my journey to the airport. I was very satisfied of the service and its price. Only 31$ compared to 58$ for a taxi.
After the 20$ promo code discount. I end up paying 11$.
I’m sitting in the airport, reading the notes from the beginner German class I took a few months ago. I wish this language was easier to learn.
My Lufthansa flight is just arriving at the gate which I’m not sure is a good thing.
Indeed, there is an announcement that my flight departure will be delayed by a few minutes.
No worry. I will soon wake up in Germany. It’s exciting!