A few weeks ago Pete and I were sitting in one of our favourite local coffee shops, Ginger and Bean, talking about what we (or mainly I) was going to do with leftover holiday days from last year that had to be used by March 31st. It seems such an odd concept that there literally isn’t enough time in any given year to take 25 days holiday but it happens most years that I’m normally left with days from the previous year…such a workaholic!
I’d decided to take a week off and spend 4 days doing stuff round the house and spend the 5th day at the Sofitel So SPA which was part of my birthday gift from him when all of a sudden he piped up with “I want to go to Berlin”. Readers, I cannot tell you what a miracle it is for Pete to express a want or interest in doing something. His typical response when asked anything is “whatever you want” which quite often gets us absolutely nowhere.
Fuelled by a burst of carpe diem we booked flights and a hotel and are heading off in a couple of weeks to spend a few nights at the Radisson Blu Berlin, centrally located and in itself a proper treat to relax and unwind for a handful of days. There’s also a spa there so I may get two treats for the price of one – a little holiday and a massage, sheer bliss.
But now the question of WHAT to do?? Where shall we go, eat, what shall we see? Everyone I’ve spoken to says Berlin is a wonderful city but I feel like Friday to Monday just won’t be enough to cram everything in. I love nothing more than walking and exploring, seeing new sights and in the case of visits to Germany, trying to find my sense of self and identity. Discovering who I am, who my family were. It’s a long story and one which is best saved for a separate blog post, but in my mid-teens we found out that my maternal Grandfather was German and it’s strange how somewhere deep inside a sense of displacement can exist when you’ve spent your whole life thinking you’re entirely one culture/heritage or another.
So I’m incredibly excited about our mini getaway and would absolutely love to hear your top tips if you’ve been to Berlin. What must we do in 72 hours?!
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