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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

BERLIN

Date: 22nd August 2011

BERLIN

Having been invited to spend a few days with friends and never having been to Berlin, I was delighted to make the trip and to use a few of my usually unusable BA Airmiles into the bargain.

What a treat was in store. I’d no preconceived ideas whatsoever but rather expected a newish city awash with buildings. I can’t remember a town with so much greenery - forests, tree-lined avenues and lakes. And remember that in the last war, every single tree was felled for fuel so all the green has grown up in the intervening years.

Because I was using up some BA Airmiles, I flew into Tagel - a very conveniently situated Airport which is about to be closed down!! The cheapie airlines use another airport much further from the centre of town. What a treat to exit the plane, walk no further than a few yards to Passport Control (there’s a small one at every gate - so sensible) and out into the Arrivals Hall.

My friends have a lovely flat in a big house about a seven minute walk from the train station and also the Grunewald. We went for a walk on my first evening and got bitten to bits - I didn’t think to take insect repellent to a City. However the walk was lovely and two deer bounded across our path which was a delight.

We dined at a typically German restaurant and I was able to try typically German fare - tasty but enough food for two and I do hate waste but there was nothing for it but to leave half my meal. It was an experience to eat Rinderroulade which as the name suggests is beef rolled around ‘more beef’, plus dumplings and the most delicious red cabbage. The German red wine was great and the whole meal a great deal less expensive than either London or Paris.

On a river trip through Berlin, these bridges span the river which divided East from West Berlin.

BERLIN

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