My Berlin Travel Guide

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With less than a month between both our birthdays; Tom and I decided to celebrate by spending a few days away together. We love city breaks anyway, and try to travel as much as our bank accounts will allow. So with the Easter Holidays looming and cheap flights found, we headed off to Berlin!

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We flew out Sunday morning and were exploring the city by early afternoon. We decided to walk into the centre from our gorgeous hotel (more on that soon) As we were walking we kept coming across these orange bikes, which we thought would be great fun! The bikes belonged to a company called Mobikeย and all you had to do was download their app, scan the bike you wanted to use and it would unlock the bike for you. It wasn’t too expensive either, it charges you by the mile instead of a daily rate, and when you’re done using the bike, simply scan it again and leave it where you like. (Which, the majority of the time, was outside a pub for us.)

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Anyway, we got on our bikes and cycled through the city while the sun was setting – it was beautiful! (probably even more so because we hadn’t seen the sun yet this year!) Berlin exceeded my expectations to be honest with you – there was a buzzing city centre, as well as a beautiful peaceful woodland that went all through the city which you could cycle or walk through.

One piece of advice I was given, was to make sure we had all the tourist attractions booked well in advance. Clearly, us being us – we didn’t do this and just winged it. Thankfully, we had an amazing concierge in our hotel who sorted everything for us. We even managed to book a slot for the Reichstag building that night at 9.45 which we went to (not exactly sober, might I add) after dinner.

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Our dinner the first night was actually the only thing we had booked in advance, at an Asian restaurant called Momotaro Tavern. The food was amazing! So tasty and really reasonable (just a note – it’s vvvv casual there) everything we ordered was bloody beautiful but if you do ever go there, I highly recommend their special sweet potato fries and dip…we MAY have ordered two extra portions…

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The second night we went to a steak house called Block Houseย which was recommended to us by one of the taxi drivers. Overall, the food in Berlin was actually very reasonable, I would have expected to pay a lot more in a city – but it was actually really good value for money, and everywhere we ate, whether it was a restaurant or just an ice cream cafe, it was all great quality.

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Thinking back; I’m actually surprised how much we were able to fit into two days. Here’s a list of the tourist attractions we managed to fit in:

Reichstag

The Wall

The Jewish Museum

The Holocaust Memorial

Checkpoint Charlie

They were all interesting and really made you think about what Berlin has been through, but by far the most interesting and powerful ‘attraction’ we went to was the Jewish Museum. If you’re only going for a short time there, I would prioritise this place! We decided to get the audio guide for the museum and I learnt so much about the second world war and the affect it had on Jews in Europe. The art exhibitions there were so thought provoking and definitely have left a lasting effect on both Tom & I.

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All in all, I would one hundred percent recommend Berlin as a break away for a few days. I wouldn’t say it’s the most romantic of cities for a break away with your other half (but then again I’m used to Paris, so nothing is romantic in comparison ha!) but we had a great time away together, drinking, laughing (& learning believe it or not!)

There’s so much more I could write on the city, but I think I’ve babbled on enough for now. If you have any questions about the city that I haven’t babbled on about, then please get in touch! And if you have any suggestions on where we should go on our next city break, hit me up!

Well, hello there.

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It’s Good Friday evening… I’ve done my evening skincare routine, got my pyjamas on and I’m in bed watching La La Land on Netflix – a premature grandma’s bliss. Most people I know are probably on their way out for a night on the town, but not me! (I’m working early tomorrow morning anyway so I couldn’t go out tonight even if I wanted to)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog! One thing I read while I was researching and debating starting a blog was ‘if you’re not feeling it, don’t force it’ and that’s what I did… I was’t feeling it and didn’t want to write about any old shite. HOWEVER, thankfully, I’ve enjoyed an evening of reading my book and relaxing and had the feeling of ‘ooh I want to write a post!’ so here we are!

One of the reasons I’ve not posted anything recently, is I’ve been feeling unmotivated to do anything. (and I mean ANYTHING!) I’ve stopped going to the gym, not been bothered about healthy eating and just haven’t been feeling inspired whatsoever. Weirdly, that’s not to say I haven’t been having a great time. I’ve been eating what I want, drinking what I want and having a lovely time of it. It was my birthday recently and (typical me) I extended the celebrations by a week celebrating with friends and family. Tom and I also went to Berlin and I will most definitely be writing a post on our trip.. that place is amazing!

As great as it’s been eating guilt free McDonald’s on a weekly basis (ok, sometimes more than once a week) & guzzling rosรฉ, I feel like I’m finally in a mindset where I can get myself back on track… yes it’s Easter weekend, and yes I did just finish off a Dairy Milk easter egg to myself. Buuuuut, I’m feeling good about my 24th year on this planet… I’m going to make sure it’ll be a goodun! My plan is to save the ยฃ’s and lose the lb’s… not the other way round as I’ve been doing for far too long now!

Anyway, rambling over, I just wanted to say HI! and I promise the blog will be back on track ASAP – I’ve got a few posts lined up, starting with a post about the absolutely gorgeous hotel we got to stay in while in Berlin.

Hope everyone has a looovely Easter! (think of me, stuck in work while you’re drinking bubbly and eating Easter eggs galore!)