Berlin – day III

So it’s Thursday and time for us to continue to Prague. But first we’ve got to take some pictures of the area we’ve stayed in.

It’s not called the riverside for nothing, this river is like a hundred meters away.

Just in there to the right and you’re there.

Swans and river boat

Lunch – crispy duck with pepper&coriander sauce and rice. Yummy.

The Berlin TV tower remind me of the CN tower in Toronto. Only smaller. And probably without a funny glass floor to jump around on…

I thought this one was funny..

Some sight seeing pix from yesterday:

On the second floor of the double decker bus

The Reichstag

Just a short walk across this park area..

..we find Brandenburger Tor.

I was, however, more focussed on:
…the hot air balloon that would NOT come above the building as long as I had my camera ready..


..that there was a Québec flag on the building next to it. (almost impossible to see it on the stamp sized pix on photobucket..)

a little detail from the pillars of Brandenburger Tor

The statue on top seen from the front.

Oh well.. Hope your’re all doing GREAT. The WiFi here is rather slow and it’s much more comfortable here in the room rather than going outside to the main area of the hostel where the reception is better.. So not so much blog visiting for me, at least not from here.


Berlin – day II

Today was a much more action packed day than yesterday.. LOL.. I did sleep for two or three hours before going out to dinner and so returning to bed. Think it was wise, though, as I’ve been able to do lots of stuff today. 🙂

We started out with some sight seeing from the local busses. We’d concidered this free tour that should be good, but 3 hours walking just wasn’t for me today. So on the double decker we went and got off at the Reichstag, took some pix and walked to Brandenburger Tor for more photo ops. Will show you those pix tomorrow, as there just ended up being too many in this one.

After Brandenburger Tor we went and booked our tix to Praha and then Vienna. I managed to say the wrong date, hopefully we can fix that tomorrow. Anyways.. Then we got another bus to Zoogarten where we went to the zoo. I have to admit I was a bit unsure about this, as I hate going to many zoos abroad, especially towards the south, where living conditions for the animals are NOT GOOD and I do NOT support these kinds of places with my money. PA have never, ever been to a zoo, though, and we decided this was okay.

The zoo was a pretty place and we saw lots of animals and PA was very happy with that. I DO feel that the areas for these animals, especially the big ones, was insuficcient. And so I do not recommend anyone to visit this zoo, even if it’s not the worst kind.

The advantage (and perhaps one of the reasons why zoos choose small enclosures – in addition to the cost) is that it’s easy to see the animals, and here are some pix:

Lion at the entrance.
One of my favourite flowering bushes – like most flowers attracting nocturnal insects they have a pale colour and they smell LOVELY at night.

A cute little Llama.
I loved these porcupines – note the one on the right, closing his eyes and just ENJOYING his carrot.
I love dragons…
I was fascinated with the “fluff” on this large bush.. Probably something to make its seed fly, I suppose. This close up picture turned out pretty cool imo.
Sweet panda bear.
Din din for a hungry kittie!
This Sand Dune Cat was just too cute for words. There were two of them as far as I could see and this one had lots of fun playing with his dinner. 😉
A slightly larger kittie 😉
The rhino went for a swim 😉
Generally the Zoo had nice park areas and buildings!

The Okapi was a cool fellow.. Watch how he uses his tongue to reach the branch with the yummy leaves. 😉

You can get some shots of pretty buildings from the bus, but reflections are annoying… This one wasn’t too bad, though.

Now it’s time to go to bed, tomorrow we’re heading for Prague! 🙂


The WriggleButt goes TravelBlog!

It’s 2PM Tuesday and we’ve settled in our room in BERLIN! I’ve been to Germany a couple of times before, but sure doesn’t know the language. LOL.. At least the train and subway system is a bit like I know it from Vienna. I came down with a fever and sore throat Saturday eve and have so far only gotten worse.. My luck! So now that we’ve gotten to our room at the Riverside Lodge hostel I’m going to sleep for a while I think. Here’s our room (I’m SO gratefull we have a double in Berlin and that I didn’t have to take my sneezing, couching, sick self into a dorm!).

It was really nice, and the guy that came to show us around and such was SOO helpful.
We’ve made a mess of it already of course.. hehe..

Bathroom – shared with one more room.

The kitchen!

Now I’m off to bed.