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    • Day18

      Third Day in Berlin

      June 10 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Today is Friday, June 10, and our third day in Berlin. The city is vibrant and supremely diverse. Some neighborhoods like Charlottenburg, where our first hotel was located, abound in fancy stores (lots of them sounded familiar to me because they advertise in the NYT), but you don't have to look far to see the suffering of the newly arrived, the poor and the homeless (more than in any other city we've been in except Hamburg). On a somber note: Two days ago there was an attack on a monument to WWII (a church that is missing its old spire and main nave) and despite talk of a terrorist attack, a preliminary investigation determined that the perpetrator is mentally ill (one person died and fourteen are seriously injured). I'm mentioning this because Nils and I walked by that area the first day we arrived, after having experienced major delays at the train station (the attack had happened a couple of hours before). We didn't realize something serious had happened until we tried to take the train to the other side of town and found they were not running. And the police were everywhere. Today, two days later, life has gone back to normal (for everyone except the victims and their loved ones). Yesterday we went to the Jewish Museum (a must-see), and later in the day we met Nils's childhood friend Kai, who was coming from the airport, and with whom we had a nice dinner in a typical German restaurant last night. Today the three of us moved to another hotel (a time-share sort of thing that Kai has had forever) near the Zoo, and spent the day absorbing the energy of the city before tonight's concert at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra hall. We are super blessed with all these opportunities to feed our souls with beauty.Read more

      Nils Jacobsen

      Great impressions, Irene! You forgot to mention that wespent 6 hours at the Jeeish museum, and we did not see everything.


      Yes, I forgot to mention we spent nearly six hours at the Jewish Museum (including a half-hour for lunch). There's just so much to see, read and learn. Thanks to whoever runs this museum for English translations.


      I don't entirely understand the monument: do the blocks represent a single murdered Jew? Are there that many blocks? [Diana]


      The official name of the monument is Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. There is a good Wikipedia page about it here:…

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    • Day20

      June 12: Last Day in Berlin

      June 12 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Well, all good things come to an end, and so our trip ends tonight. The only activity planned for today is a lunch with family members who live in Berlin; we'll go to a "Biergarten" in the middle of a park, so that sounds interesting. Yesterday Nils went back to the Jewish Museum because Kai had never seen the permanent exhibition; Nils went to the special one on Moses Mendelssohn, a noted philosopher and theologian (and pioneer of Jewish Enlightenment). They also visited the headquarters of the SPD (the Socialist party), called Willy-Brandt-Haus (in honor of the chancellor). Nils and I had gone by the SPD HQ the other day on the way to the Museum, but it was closed (and since Willy Brandt is a person Nils deeply admires, he made sure to return when it was open). I wanted to have a day without public transportation, so I went to the Zoo, which is five minutes from our hotel. It turns out it's the oldest zoo in Germany (dating from 1844), and one of the most visited zoos in Europe. I had been there years ago with Nils and our friend Daniel from Avignon and his two youngest children, but a zoo is a living creature, always changing, and so it felt new. Animals, flowers, neatly kept grounds, mild weather, people-watching: What's not to like? I was sad not to see the lone wolf who resides in the zoo, as I have a soft spot for all canines. A sign says he's an old Canadian wolf, and that the zoo is waiting for him to die so they can renew the wolf living quarters and bring an entire family. Thank you, Nils, for planning this beautiful trip through Germany!Read more

      Love the animal pics! [Diana]


      Yes, it's wonderful to look at animals, even though I feel sorry for them when they are all alone (esp. if they are pack animals, like that old Canadian wolf), and when they need a lot of room to move about (that would be all wild animals, including birds).


      A lovely last day, with public transport closed once again in Berlin, this time due to a converging bicycle rally clogging West Berlins busy streets. Berlin is so multicultural now that you hear more foreign tongues than German (everything from Hindi and Russian to Spanish and Brazilian). [Nils]

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    • Day81

      Berlin, Germany

      August 19 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      We have been staying in Erlangen again for a bit. Oh and ummm, Seth got a job in Germany, so that's new. Lots of changes and lots to think through. More on that later...

      We trained it to Berlin as a halfway point to get to the beach in Poland. We had all nice trains heading north, thankfully! After check-in, we played at a park and ate some delicious Asian food. At the park, they went up and down the slides, made ice cream scoops, and performed gymnastics in the grass. It was a lot of fun until Mabel did a cartwheel into dog poop, so we headed to the restaurant. Vegetarian curry is where it's at! DeMille was the most excited because she ate lots of sushi at this place. Addy got a fortune cookie that told her "Laughter will keep you young." She is our giggle box, so she might live forever.

      The next morning fresh bagels were calling our name! Seth's friend told us about this epic Jewish bagel shop called Salomon's Bagels and eating those was first on the agenda. We went to open the door and it was locked! Nooooo! They were closed due to a supply issue. No New York style bagels for us. So sad! Luckily, Berlin has no shortage of bakeries. The girls enjoyed trying a new pastry.

      The Berlin Zoo was the main destination for this stop. The cool air and mild rain made for no crowds! We covered lots of ground and saw nearly every animal at this zoo. The girls particularly enjoyed the birds. There were more birds here than I have ever seen at a zoo and very unique ones. The bigs suggested we get a parakeet for our morning alarm clock, because it was quite loud. We saw a flamingo turning it's egg over in her nest. Then she proceeded to pass off the responsibility of sitting on the egg to another flamingo. I did not know they shared that job with other birds.

      We walked through the aquarium with fish and reptiles. Addy loved the tiny sea horses. Mabel and Demi were very into watching these large bright green eels. They looked very similar to Ursula's pets. They also got to pet the shiny coy fish. The girls wanted to keep doing that forever. Addy especially enjoyed trying to touch them.

      They also had a unique wooden park that was just so impressive! I want it in my backyard! The girls loved climbing to ask the different peaks. They especially had fun on this spinny thing. It was essentially a merry go round with out rails, on a tilt, about three feet off the ground. As you walked along the edge of the disc, it would speed up. It was easy to get it going to fast. Pretty fun!

      This was a fun way to slow travel to Poland.
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      Such beautiful faces. I’m missing you all so much. You are joys of my life.


      Gigi misses playing with you


      What a smile

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    • Day16

      June 8: From Hamburg to Berlin

      June 8 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Today we finally arrived in Berlin, the last leg of our trip. The city is its own state, like Hamburg. The trip by train with reserved seats was pleasant. I've noticed that Germans have a knack for finding solutions to all sorts of common problems. For example: the car we rented displayed a little red circle above the speedometer. Sometimes it would show two little horizontal lines, other times a number. We had no idea what it meant until one of Nils's cousins told us that the number was the legal speed limit, to keep the driver from getting a ticket. A second example which I saw in Nils's cousin's wife Daisy's home in Hamburg (where we stayed for three days): a handsome armchair equipped with a cushion for the nape of the neck, hanging from two parallel cords held together in the back of the chair by a weight; this allows the sitter to adjust the cushion for comfort. Ingenious! (Nils tells me this is an old trick, but I had never seen it before). Along the same lines, I saw today in the fast inter-city train that the passengers' seats had adjustable cushions for the nape, held by a couple of hidden rigid cords alongside which the cushion could slide. If only Amtrak had heard of this system! Another very useful solution to an old problem are trains reserved for women. I saw that today in Berlin in the train station. That blew my mind away, and reminded me that I had seen a number of parking spaces near the entrance of a parking garage in Tübingen (the first stop on our trip) reserved for women. That is extremely thoughtful, considering how unpleasant parking garages can be (esp. when you don't remember where you parked). Since we didn't do much in Hamburg except being with family, talking a lot (I in my broken German), hiking and eating, I took a lot of pictures of the most beautiful things in a sea of beautiful things: flowers. Germans love to take care of their gardens.Read more

      Laurie Reynolds

      I think Amtrak needs to learn a lot more from Deutsche Bahn than cushion placement! I’ll bet you weren’t 3 hours late arriving. Very nice pictures as always, can’t believe you’re on the last leg of the trip already!


      Beautiful flowers! I didn't understand the part about "own state." Are some German cities states (akin to the US) and others aren't? And how is that status determined? [Diana]


      Diana, the answer is different for each city-state. It has to do with history and politics. When we get together, Nils will explain it to you, because I would not get the details right. Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen are city-states; Frankfurt, Cologne and Munich are not.

    • Day4

      Race day

      September 29, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Heute war es soweit. Es gilt: Ich gegen die Strecke.
      Wecker gestellt, ein kleines Frühstück. Zusammenpacken und nur nix vergessen!

      Schon beim Aussteigen aus der S-Bahn wird dir erneut die Dimension dieser Veranstaltung bewusst. Da wälzt sich eine Lawine an Menschen Richtung Startgelände.

      Dann, im Startblock des Hauptfeldes: du siehst unbeschreiblich viele Menschen, die auf das gleiche warten wie du: den Startschuss.

      1 Stunde(!) nach dem Profis sind wir endlich dran und die Meute H wird losgelassen. Das Wetter ist angenehm kühl, aber zwischendurch regnete es ordentlich und der Wind machte es zeitweise extrem kühl ☔❄️

      Lange ging es ziemlich nach Wunsch. Erst die letzten 2-3 Kilometer waren eher mühsam. Aber da muss man durch. Stehen bleiben geht bei km 40 gar nicht 😅 Lieber langsam dahintuckern, das Feeling genießen gleich durch zu sein und Zeit nehmen für ein Foto mit dem Brandenburger Tor im Background.

      Als Goodie gibt's bis Mitte der Woche einen ordentlichen Muskelkater.

      Vorest werde ich das Laufen wieder zurück schrauben . Und vier Marathons sollten doch genug sein 🤐
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      Bravo! Gratuliere!


      Herzlichen Glückwunsch 🍾🎉😉


      Bravo und herzlichen Glückwunsch

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    • Day9

      Day 9🇩🇪

      July 29 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Woke up in Fürth, a small village near Nürnberg, Germany. We went into town early to get breakfast and walk around before our train for Berlin. Stopped at a local bakery and got a few pastries and a coffee from the nearby Starbucks. I felt quite tired so I was a bit grumpy that morning (sorry Lampros!).
      Today is a big day of travelling, since our final destination will be Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s a big trip with 5 different trains to catch. There are direct trains to Copenhagen from Hamburg but they’re all booked and we can’t get any seats. So it’ll have to be that way! We are prepared!
      Getting to Berlin we had just a couple of hours, so we walked out of the station, went to gate of Brandenburg, saw the parliament “Reichstag” building and the Jew monument. Then walked back to the station, had a delicious Chinese “make yourself” bowl, and ran to our next train. Next destination Hamburg.
      Getting to Hamburg we had an hour to spend, so we again walked out, went about a bit and then back to the station. From Hamburg, we had to go Flensburg. In the beginning we got the wagons mixed up a bit, so we had to run to the right one and I got a bad cramp - but we eventually got there and found seats next to each other. The time was passing and we were getting tired..
      Getting to Flensburg we had to wait for two hours before the next train. When that train arrived there were only two wagons but a lot more people then they could fit. The train journey was 1h 30m, and more than half the people on the train were standing cause they weren’t any seats. On top of that, because we were crossing boarders they had to check our passports so they made all the people that were standing to get off the train and then board it again. Getting to Fredericia we - again - had about an hour to spare and we were getting hungry, but there was nothing around to eat - plus it was super early in the morning so there was also nothing open. We shared a couple of cereal bars and waited for the next train. It started getting cold so I changed from shorts to trousers. At last, our last train arrived, we boarded quickly and tried to sleep. Last destination - Copenhagen!
      We arrived in Copenhagen early hours of the morning, found the bus to the zoo and called Stamos to open up for us! It felt so nice to be here. ❤️ home away from home. Having a shower, getting to bed and waking up to lots of washing!!!!😂👖👚👕🧼🛁🧺
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      καλη ορεξη😀😀😀


      What a journey xx


      What a marathon to get here! At least you won't be getting me up at 4:30 in the morning .... right?! ...


      Hahaha not soon at least!!!

    • Day12

      Berlin ALLEMAGNE DAY 1 part 2

      May 18 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      ... suite du (1)

      3) Check Point Charlie : oui, il y avait un mur qui coupait Berlin en 2... en 1989, le mur est tombé, le peuple s'est révolté, la démocratie et la réunification se sont dévoilées et ont grandi, mûri, ... le check point qui séparait l'ouest et l'est est devenu un vestige... l'émotion me gagne... Quentin est impressionné...

      4) Retour sur la Pariser Platz où se trouve la Porte de Brandebourg. Quartier des Ambassades ultra sécurisées.
      Fasciné par les sciences politiques et la diplomatie, Quentin s'imagine de plus en plus dans cette sphère et dans ce type de quartier.

      ET, comme toute l'Union Européenne, l'Allemagne montre son soutien à l'Ukraine.

      ET, le métro berlinois, toujours dans le travail de mémoire...

      Les dernières photos parlent d'elles mêmes 😂😂
      Les bobos de fin de journée... maux de ventre, blessures et hématomes... Ouille ouille ouille...
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      je me rappelle les manifs en decembre 89 , On sait la suite



    • Day1

      Painswick to Berlin

      April 15 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      We set off for the airport nice and early make sure that we avoided the traffic that the news had made it clear would be a problem on Good Friday. The roads are quiet and we arrived at Heathrow very early even though the underground wasn't working and so we had to get the bus from where we parked our car.

      Heathrow was similarly quiet and we checked in quickly and whizzed through security meaning we had a couple of hours to relax in the lounge with a beer or two.

      Flight was delayed by about half an hour but eventually we took off and arrived in Berlin, just about 20 minutes late. Got the train and underground from the airport to our hotel where we arrived at about 6:15 p.m.. it seems we've been upgraded to a suite and so we've got a nice living room, separate bedroom and bathroom. We're on the 6th floor with a view over a pretty non-descript Street if I'm honest.

      We spent the evening having a few drinks in some of the bars nearby before getting home ready for a day of sightseeing on Saturday.
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    • Day3

      Frühstück, Berliner Kaffeerösterei

      June 17 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Mit leckerem Frühstück und besonders leckerem Kaffee in den Tag gestartet. Wir konnten wieder herrlich draußen sitzen. Danach haben wir noch im Laden der Rösterei gestöbert und Nachschub für zu Hause mitgenommen.Read more

    • Day2


      April 16 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      After a bit of a lie in and a late breakfast we met up with the walking tour that we had booked. This took most of the afternoon.

      Once done we had some food sat outside a bar before going back to the hotel for a shower and an evening out!Read more

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