In no particular order.....
- They have infomercials.
- They have made for tv products and commercials.
- They have religious nuts preaching in subway stations, who will switch to English if they sense the crowd is mostly tourists.
In no particular order.....
Berlin clearly has loads of history, ranging from some of the best to the worst of humanity. It's a city that is trying to move forward, while honoring the past. To that end, it would have been way too much for me to put it all in one blog post, so I'm dividing the main sights of Berlin into two posts: this one that is generally cheery, and another accesible here featuring loads of info from WW2 through 1989. The posts should be taken in tandem, as they are two very related and important sides of modern-day Berlin.
As for this post, the photo above is as follows: top left: Greg with one of the tourist bears that are all painted differently and scattered across Berlin. Apparently the bear is the animal for the region. The top right is the German Parliament building (Bundestag) which we toured and that will be featured in a separate post. The bottom is the Brandenburg Gate which was built originally in the late 1700's as part of the wall surrounding the city center, and featured on one of the Euro coins.
On a bit of a whim, we went last weekend with a couple friends to a beer spa that one of them had found after watching a reality tv show, Man vs Food, or some such. It was one of those experiences that we knew almost nothing about, but if you like beer and you like spas, then it seemed like an adventure worth trying, so off we went. To start, I wanted to include some photos of the drive through the countryside, because in all seriousness, it seems every drive through Bavarian countryside (ok, really all of Europe!) involves passing some large castle.
The drive to the beer spa went right past a couple sights that were quite amusing to us when we slipped into a junior high mindset: Dick Street and the city of Fucking, Austria. But we were on a serious mission! On to the beer spa!
Attempt at a fancy photo.
Leaving the harbor at Bergen
Overall, as big Disney fans, it was lots of fun for us to go to Disneyland Paris and see the differences between the US parks, and this, since it is our first international Disney property that we have visited. Nonetheless though, whatever differences there were, the overall feeling was very similar to the Disney parks in the US, which was nice for us, because it gave us a feeling of being back home, even though we obviously don't live at a Disney theme park. For background info, in Paris, there are two parks: the main Disneyland Park and a Walt Disney Studios Park, which is similar to the what I still call MGM Studios park (but since that partnership ended is now just called Disney Studios park) in Florida.
Warning, there are a lot of photos (21 to be exact) and my commentary, so it may take a moment to load and read. You may want to go get a cup of coffee or tea, just not from this guy.
"Europe Through the Back Door" and "Best of Europe" by Rick Steves
(Side note: one of Greg's colleagues here accidentally called him Stick Reves in a conversation, so every now and then, we refer to him as such. It's stupid, but amuses us.)
Why I read these books:
Pretty self-explanatory: to get travel advice from a reliable source.