Monthly Archives: May 2019

Berlin, day 3. GIGA day

Today was the main event so to speak. After a yummy brekkie with pancakes cooked ourselves (ok so you push a button and the machine does it for you) we headed off in the slowest Uber we had ever been in. He must have been trying to stay away from home as he drove at about 19 mph!

We arrived at an odd looking venue that didn’t seem like a giga venue what with lack of signs and banners. But we happened to be in the right place so once we had our designer wrist bands in place we trotted in.

Inside was an odd shaped building with arched roofs and a few geocaching stalls selling their wares. (The least stalls I have seen at a Mega or giga, so we didn’t feel the need to purchase lots of Tott)

To find the lab caches we had to work out the answers to some questions, mainly about James Bond. We got most but did swap a few with some other like minded folk.

After signing the log book, coincidently made to look like we were graffitiing the Berlin Wall, we moved on.

We decided it was time for a snack so we treated ourselves to a German sausage by river, what a hot glorious day it was turning out to be.

Next stop was the molecule man, a sculpture in the river. Quite impressive in size.

From here we enjoyed a very sunny walk along the river to reach our next destination which was to be a virtual cache at the East wall gallery.

We may have been a little sidetracked on route as it was so hot these cocktails called out to us. Rude not to stop and taste them.

As you can see they made us a little tipsy, hence the need to drink a sprite at the same time. I stuck with mojitos and Rich had sex on the beach with a White Russian. Think of that what you will??

As time was getting on we headed off to find the East wall Gallery. A section of the Berlin Wall kept for a memorial, full of art work. There was so many great paintings you could have spent hours studying them.

So there you have it, another action packed day. Time for us to return to our hotel and enjoy dessert and a good old English cuppa.

Lunch, statues, dinner and cocktails…

Lunch was taken by the side of the Cathedral and river, you can’t beat a portion of German fries and frite sauce, followed by an ice cream. A sparrow even joined us. He was a little shy but very inquisitive.

Some bronze ladies sat by the river here, they didn’t say much but watched on.

We really enjoy all the statues we come across, many tell a story but some we just don’t know.

Berlin also has some fun bears, of which we S hall give them their own post.

Some more caches followed, some by a very clever clock that is controlled from an underground room and made from parts of equipment left from the conflict.

Matt had tried to find a cache the night before, but after much searching and getting rained on he had to admit defeat. Today as we approached it we saw another group of cachers drop something in the ground. On investigating, the hint now made sense to Matt and the container had been placed in the drain cover, very clever. Not allowed in England, but that’s why we like German caches as you often find something different.

It was now cocktail o’clock, so we sat ourselves outside in the glorious sunshine and perused the menu. Adam ordered a smurf on a blender (well that’s what it looked like) Matt and Rich a touch down and I enjoyed a mojito. It was so relaxing people spotting and sitting in the sun, we decided to stay for the evening. So after two more rounds of cocktails and dinner it was time to go home.

The trip back to our hotel was rather interesting, as we came across various bars, people, and sex shops. The Germans certainly aren’t shy 😂

Caching to the Cathedral

So many caches on route to the Cathedral. Berlin has many virtual caches (where you visit a location and either find out some information or take a photo of yourself with something particular in the background) we like making our poses fun. Some very interesting older buildings on route and some searching up and down drainpipes, even a car with three bums 😉

Berlin Cathedral is grand on a grand scale. So many delicate stain glass windows and stone work. Well worth a visit.

Lunch is calling, what will it be today?

Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie

After our mad but brief cycling session from our hotel to checkpoint Charlie we met up with our friends to visit the museum.

How amazing that so many people escaped this awful conflict in the front of cars, sides of cars, speaker boxes and pull along trolleys. A story of a horrendous political conflict that happened in our life time. Just think, whilst I was young and playing in the fields at home, these Germans where being abused and trapped in Berlin. No wonder a lot of Berlin has been rebuilt as who would want to be reminded of those dark days!

Talking of being rebuilt, off to find some older buildings to admire the architecture.