We swapped the chill of Berlin for the sun of a slightly-less chilly Rome. It was our longest and best trip thanks to a combination of timing and finally deciding a nice hotel is worth it. Although we sublet in Berlin, I’m … Continue reading
I might have stretched S a little thin with two classical music performances over the weekend. How could we pass up a Bach-marathon, or a family showing of “Die Zauberflöte?” You may be thinking: “quite easily.” I certainly got one … Continue reading
The next morning we headed to Weimar. As I mentioned in the first part of my Thüringen travel posts, Weimar was the home of Goethe and Schiller. It is also the home of a lovely Goethe and Schiller statue: We … Continue reading
Sitting still doesn’t work for me. Hitting three small German towns (including a Kulturstadt and a Lutherstadt, no less) in two days? Absolutely, I’m there. We ending up with Erfurt, Weimar, and Jena for two reasons. The very practical reason … Continue reading
We took our first trip (not moving, no other family) last weekend to Köln and it was something. S doesn’t remember the many times we jumped on a train or plane to visit other cities last time we lived in … Continue reading
A visit to one of Berlin’s opera houses Continue reading
After a very hot Schifffahrt down the Spree, I insisted on stopping at Neta for lunch. Like most Americans, I have a strong possibly ironic relationship to Mexican food. There cannot be enough of it and it can’t be spicy enough. A terrible lack of good Mexican food is the scourge of most European expats. So it was a surprisingly hot day – we’ve had more than enough of those in Berlin – and we’d just gotten off of a boat. I hate boats. I needed comfort.
So off to Neta.
At 12:30 there was only one other table, which should have been enough of a warning, but I reasoned it away with the the idea that its Sunday morning and most of Berlin is either still asleep or nursing a hangover over brunch.
I can’t say there was anything I enjoyed about the meal. The tacos were overstuffed and cold and Jon’s burrito came with the wrong filling. We very quickly decided that Delores is the better Mexican option in Berlin — although we still have to try Maria Bonita or Chapparo.
The boat ride down the Spree, however, was a big success for those of us who enjoy water-related activities. S spent the entire hour incredibly transfixed on the water.
Our boat, with Reederei Riedel, started outside of Hauptbahnhof and sailed east just past the Nikolaiveirtel. There are plenty of other cruise companies should you have a more specific wish to see something. We were just looking for something new to do with S. The hour-long ride was a little too long for her (there were a few babies on board who were very vocal about just how long it was), but she found the experience interesting enough and now we can check it off of our Berlin list.
Next she wants to take a train trip to a new city. Where should we go? S doesn’t care as long as she’s in the train for a long time!