Up early with a big mission ahead, there’s so much Berlin has to offer and we want to see it all. We plan to get through our list of landmarks, as this place is so rich in history. Mitte, the suburb we are staying is central but just on the fringe of the business district so we have the privilege of seeing the outskirts of the main city as we make our way in.
We find an organic supermarket that we stock up on supplies and head for the city. We stop off for a tourist map at one of the hotels and then a Microsoft Digital Eatery, the first of its kind I’ve seen and it could be said this is competition for Apple, the difference is Microsoft allows for a dining space and sells food and beverages.
I get excited when I see a fresh juice sign, so in need of a detox and some antioxidants, my excitement heightens when I see fresh RHUBARB!! I steam rhubarb when it’s in season and add it to my breakfast oats, it would probably be my favourite fruit and I’d never thought to add it to a juice, have you?
The juicer man convinces me that I should do a sweet and sour mix to get the full flavours of the rhubarb, we agree to add pear, dash of ginger and squeeze of lime and WAHLAA ~ it’s my new favourite juice, seriously delicious!! Recharged now. We utilise the computers to mark all the sites on the map and then make tracks.
Also in this square, known as Pariser Platz is Hotel Aldon a five star hotel that is usually the home of any royalty or celebrities that stay in Berlin. It was also the hotel that Michael Jackson hung his child over the balcony of the third floor. I was all excited that MJ had been here, not so excited about what he did. We were able to chat with our tour guide Mike at this stop and pay our share for joining the tour.
We started with coriander and bean dip with choc chips on top and then Anton had chicken roasted in white chocolate and I had sea bass cooked in milk chocolate. As odd as this sounds it was yum!!
Our own tour continued as we ventured back to parliament house contemporarily known as Bundestag and historically known as the Reichstag. We sat on the lawns at the foot of this building that we took some time to relax on with many other tourists.
Tickets to get into Parliament are free but hard to come by last minute, generally pretty onto pre booking but the second part of the trip we were a bit lax with organising in advance. It’s an hour and a half wait in line for our tickets to enter but well worth the wait, the glass dome at the top is impressive with great views over Berlin from a bright and open space.
It really is a great free treat and would be unfortunate to miss. The late afternoon is spent exploring Tiergarten, a large urban park to the West of the city centre.
It’s a slow walk back to our accommodation where we shower and head down to the local bars of Mitte for a drink, any bar you stop at here is the complete package. We land at the Watergate Club and join the queue to get.
It’s a toss up between a small and a large night, it’s no secret that Berlin boasts one of the best music scenes in the world and the party life is extremely vibrant at the clubs. As it happens when you’re having fun, the night just slips away… Fun times Berlin!
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