On the Monday of our vacation we spent most of our day in Hamburg at the Miniature Wonderland. We left Hamburg around 1pm which worked out perfectly since that is typically nap time around these parts. After a full morning of excitement, full bellies, and some time playing and burning off energy the girls all crashed and slept most of the 2 1/2 hour drive from Hamburg to Berlin.
The drive was uneventful. No one barfed which made it the best drive of our vacation yet! And there really was nothing to see on the road between Hamburg and Berlin. Just a whole lot of nothing. A little different than what we are used to in Western Germany! Getting to Berlin was super easy. Even navigating within Berlin was not bad at all. I was nervous since it is a big city, but the traffic wasn’t too terrible. Lots of bikes! Unfortunately just as we were about to arrive at our hotel the GPS told us we couldn’t get to our hotel because the road was closed. Thankfully we remembered some of our driver’s training and successfully navigated a Umleitung (detour) with out the GPS’ help and eventually found our hotel with some handy driving on Andy’s part. (I should also mention that he is a stud because he did ALL the driving on this trip!!) We finally got into the hotel and settled around 4 or 4:30. The weather wasn’t fantastic, it was starting to get dark, and we were hungry-ish so we opted to just stay in.
We ate dinner at our hotel restaurant that night which was really the only ‘bad’ decision I feel like we made on the trip. The food was fine, but the total cost was outrageous and our waitress really took advantage and overcharged us. The only ‘cool’ part was that Andy got to drink a Berliner (type of beer) in Berlin. He says it is the best beer he’s ever had. Thankfully we don’t ever have to go back! 😉 We all settled in for the night pretty early and got a long night’s sleep!
The next morning we were ready for action! Keeping with our awkward food traditions can you guess what we had for breakfast?
The challenge, for us any way, when traveling with kids seems to be finding balance between things that they enjoy and things that we enjoy. There were a lot of sights we wanted to see in Berlin. In hind sight I wish we would’ve spent more time there. Our hotel was in a prime location for walking to everything. At the same time, though, the girls just are not interested in the same things that Mr. and I are. So we opted for a combination of sorts. We started out our day at the Berlin Wall Memorial (coming soon!) and then we headed to the Museum of Natural History (also coming soon!) which is home to the tallest dinosaur skeleton in the world! It worked out so well and everyone was so happy!
There were a few other sights that Mr. and I felt like we just could not leave Berlin with out seeing. It was also lunch time and quickly approaching nap time and we knew we needed to get on the road. SO we decided to just drive by a few places and it worked out really well since they all ended up being in direct path of each other!
We then filled up the car and grabbed some lunch at good old McDonalds. Then we started on our incredible exciting (not really) journey the whole five hours back home. Thankfully the girls all slept for a good portion of it and were happy watching Gummi Bears on our portable DVD player when they weren’t sleeping.
To see the full album of our snap shots from Berlin click HERE. The pictures from the Berlin Wall and Museum of Natural History, though, are in their own separate albums. Feel free to take a sneak peak of those HERE and HERE. OR you can just wait a few more days for me to get around to making them into a blog post!