More From Berlin

More From Berlin

Eric is getting ahead of me. I’ll try to catch up! Here are a few more from Berlin:

We stayed along the canal in Berlin in a neighborhood called Kreuzberg. There seemed to be a local ritual  (which I missed getting pictures of) where locals would gather along the canal in the evening by the hundreds (maybe thousands?) to chat, drink beer, play music, etc. It was like a nightly party. The area itself was gritty and beautiful. Equal parts swans and broken beer bottles; roses and graffiti. Berlin had an energy that I really loved.

Zach, Sawyer and I spent a day on Museum Island where we explored the Berlin Cathedral, Neues Museum, and the Alte Nationalgalerie. The Berlin Cathedral was gaudy and beautiful, and had a great view of the city from the top.

 

The Neues museum was filled with old ancient art and artifacts. We saw Nefertiti’s bust (no pictures allowed), and a lot of other neat things.  Check out this interesting information about the Berlin Gold Hat.

 

Or these ancient Blowing Horns from the 8-9th century BC.

 

By the time we reached the Alte Nationalgalerie, we had some pretty serious museum burn out. We took a look at some Monet and Renoir and then headed out.

Castles, Southern Germany Countryside.

Castles, Southern Germany Countryside.

I’m falling a little behind, these photos will bring us close to the present.

From Berlin, we took a train to Frankfurt, where we rented a minivan & drove to a small town called Bad Wimpfin. This town neighbors Mosbach, which is where my Pop’s side of the family lived (cousins still live there I believe). The lush, green rolling hills reminded me of Vermont…except for the castle part. We stayed in a home built in the 17th century, on the grounds of a castle that’s been around for about 900 years. Credit to Kelly for finding such amazing places to stay. We’re in Paris now, arrived last night. I’m all jacked up on espresso…nobody else is up yet. The photos are not all in chronological order, but close enough.

Relaxing on the train, on our way out of Berlin

Zach takes up the whole doorway these days. Taking the train is by far the most comfortable way to travel. Nelius legs are too long for airplanes & renting a car requires me to pay more attention than I like.

Alex after disembarking the train, in Frankfurt. Our luggage consists of one carry on per person. Plenty of room for all the travel necessities. I’ve only had to turn my undies inside out once.

All of us arriving at the castle (Berg Ehrenberg) we stayed in for 4 nights. If you follow the link to Wiki, it will talk a bit about the castle’s history. You may need to right click for the English translation.

Meal time is always an event. Pleasing 5 mouths plus the wallet is sometimes difficult. We’re probably around 60/40 in favor of thumbs up in this regard. I enjoyed food in Germany, the others not so much. We try to hit restaurants that offer authentic food to the region, but sometimes wuss out and get a burger. I will not admit to eating at McDonald’s.

Alex pushed for a visit to the Technik Museum in Sinsheim. Click the link to check it out! It was a huge hit, especially for him. I was very impressed. Airplanes, cars, motorcycles, war vehicles, you name it, it was there. An amazing collection of all things transportation. I can’t imagine a better one exists!

Alex is a WW2 buff. There is a huge collection of military equipment from that time period here. Here Alex is acting as our tour guide. Sorry for the occasional blurry photo. Sawyer is particularly difficult to catch still…he’s always on the move, even while standing in one place.

This little car is described as the smallest sports car in the world. Sawyer sized. A 1960 Goggo Coupe 250.

A steam powered generator!

Dozens of planes, several of which you could walk through.

An Air France Concord passenger jet, remember those?

Zach walking through the Concord.

Zach isn’t too sure of this. It was labelled on the menu as ravioli. I thought it was delicious. Pretty sure it was pasta twisted up and stuffed with sausage & spinach.

I found an outdoor pool nearby. Sawyer couldn’t get enough of this slide.

We stop often for refreshments during our walks.

We were slow pokes on the German autobahn. Yes, it says 159km/hour….you do the math. Cars were flying by us at this speed.

Arrival in Bad Wimpfin. We’re clearly not in Palmer now.

Our first castle experience! We were all a little awestruck.

Another mealtime. Schnitzel on the menu!

Alex trying to open a door that appears to be older than dirt.

Ice cream bribery!

Alex @ the castle we stayed at.

Sawyer on the move @ the castle.

The entrance to Berg Nelius.

This one’s for you Pop!

Gravel hauling in the Neckar River. Another castle in the background.

All for now! We’re off to find the Eiffel Tower…and eat French pastries!