Whenever we land in a new place we both decide what we want to see and do and then I plan the time from there. For Berlin, Magpie wanted to see the Brandenburg Gate. It was the first “site” we went too.
I prefer walking everywhere or if we have to we take the local bus. The walk was approximately a half hour from our apartment in East Berlin to the Brandenburg Gate. On the way we did window shopping. We found lots of vegan restaurants which was great and book stores – english books. It was a sidewalk sale and the books were english. Both Magpie and I found some books. Usually I just read whatever books Magpie gets. We carry onto the Gate.
Coming to Berlin was not in the plans per se. I was cold, Magpie was so-so. I wanted warmth but wanted to keep heading in a linear path. Berlin was chosen because I was able to find a place to stay for two weeks the night before we had to leave. Stress much….well….
Going to Potsdam was another must. We were recommended to go before we had even arrived in Germany.
I waited until near the end of the stay, watching the weather, always watching the weather, to go. I had no idea that Potsdam is really part of Berlin – albeit the outskirts, but it is quite easy to get to on the train.
I had heard about the Giant’s Causeway through reading other people’s experiences. I was intrigued. What really pulled me was how it was so far away from civilization. It was recommended to drive but I chose to let someone else do the driving. I am still getting use to driving on the wrong side of the road.
I was watching the weather to make sure we had good weather since the trip would go rain or shine. There was no way I wanted to get there and find it was raining. There was always the chance but luckily you could wait until the day before to book a trip.
We had great weather and the Cliffs were overrun with people. The interpretive center reminded me of a hobbit house the way it was built into the side of the hill. It is a good size building with a two floors with a restaurant being on the second floor all within a hill.
When I invited people to celebrate my birthday with me in Dublin, I was encouraged to see Newgrange. One of my goals is to see all the archaeological sites that I can – no small feat. There are so many listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site it is amazing. Needless to say Ireland has lots of history, it is my heritage even if I am Canadian and I was not missing this. We did not have the same tour guide that we had for the stone circles of Avesbury so we had to find another.
When we arrived in Dublin, I let Magpie know which places I wanted for us to go to and let the choice of which order be his. I am not so sure, that receiving the gift of gab first, was the way to go, knowing him.
As I try to write this, I have rewritten the start many times. Remembrance day means many things to different people. During school, sometimes we had a special service just before 11am and then the one minute of silence. In some schools we only had the silence at 11am. I moved around a lot as a kid even though we were not a military family. As I reflect back I do not think I really understood.