Back from Berlin

We had a Christmas full of food, drink and good company in Berlin, staying with friends of Phil’s.

After an early start, we landed in Berlin early afternoon on 23 December and made our way on the bus and S-bahn to Michael and Katja’s where we reintroduced ourselves to Franzi and Polly, the cats. A leisurely afternoon of tea and chat, G&Ts and dinner once Michalle arrived.

Christmas Eve featured Christmas tree decoration and indulging hot chocolate and cakes at Grosz Kaffeehaus and cocktails in the Hotel Steinplatz bar, in a deserted Berlin.

Merry Christmas from Berlin!
Merry Christmas from Berlin!

On Christmas Day, Michael did Christmas Dinner, Katja did cocktails. Both excellent. Presents after a late breakfast. Handel on CD and log fire DVD on the TV.

Christmas Day with Michael and Katja
Christmas Dinner

Boxing Day was super lazy, although Phil and I did venture out for a stroll to Weißer See and back. We also got a text from BA telling us that our return flight had been cancelled and that we were now booked on an earlier one.

A leisurely morning with M, K & M on 27 December, then the S-bahn and bus back to Tegel airport. Fab views of London on the flight back to LHR, then home for mince pies, curry and presents!

Where next: Berlin, Germany

Destination: Berlin, Germany.

When: December 2017.

Why: Michael and Katja invited me and Phil to spend a few days with them, and to enjoy good food and good wine (and beer and coffee!) in their excellent company. It’s over 6 years since I last visited – in 2011, in between Croatia and Paris.

How: London (LHR) to Berlin (TXL), and back, with British Airways.

Croatia – Berlin – Paris

The final piece of planning has fallen into place (confirmation of our Paris hotel booking) for my/our Croatia – Berlin – Paris trip this summer. After a week’s walking holiday in Croatia (Exodus’ Croatia: Islands & Mountains trip, with Hazel and Cat) I’m rendezvousing with Phil in Berlin, staying with his friends Michael and Katja, which we are topping off (up?) with a few days in Paris on the way back to London.

We’re travelling by train all the way back from Berlin, using Deutsche Bahn’s City Night Line sleeper train for Berlin-Paris, and then the Eurostar home. The Man in Seat 61 comes up trumps yet again.

How:

Itinerary (Days 1-8 are the Exodus trip)

  • Day 1: Fly London to Zagreb; three hour transfer to island of Krk.
  • Day 2: Walk from Punat to Obzova Peak on island of Krk.
  • Day 3: From the pretty town of Baška we walk through the stunning ‘Moon Plateau’ to the peak of Hlam (461m).
  • Day 4: Free morning; transfer to Oltari Pass on mainland. Walk in North Velebit National Park ascending to Zavižan mountain hut where we overnight.
  • Day 5: Walk famous Premuziceva Trail from Zavižan to Alan mountain hut; transfer to Karlobag.
  • Day 6: Circular walk via the three valleys of Crni Dabar, Ravni Dabar and Dosen Dabar; drive to Starigrad.
  • Day 7: Velika Paklenica N.P. gorge walk via the Mirila graves and Tomici Village; transfer to Trogir (UNESCO World Heritage Site 810).
  • Day 8: Transfer to Split airport. Fly to Berlin.
  • Day 9: Berlin.
  • Day 11: Berlin; DB City Night Line sleeper train to Paris.
  • Day 12: Paris.
  • Day 13: Paris.
  • Day 14: Paris.
  • Day 15: Paris.
  • Day 16: Paris; return to London on Eurostar.

Google map

I’ve struggled to plot this itinerary on Google’s My Maps for a good few hours, with nothing to show for it.

Further information

* 28 March 2014 Update: Well, that’s a first – Exodus have asked me to remove my links back to their website as they’re having trouble with their Google rankings due to “unnatural links” pointing to their website. Hence the unlinked URL to the trip page.