Saturday, 30 September 2006

We know Berlin!

Last year the Charity committe at school organised a treasure hunt. It was my idea of a living nightmare. We had only been in Berlin for 2 months, with very little of the local language, and no real idea where anything was. Phil was away for work, so I foolishly did it with just the kids.

This year was better, we know the public transport system much better, can speak and read the language, and know where landmarks, streets and buildings are!

The boys were great at finding things that we needed to find, and got back to school before anyone else. Or course this means nothing, depending on how many answers we got correct....

Award ceremony, and we managed to win first place! The boys were thrilled!
Our prize, a board game, Harry Potter DVD's, Cinema vouchers, pens, chocolates and other goodies, eve na couple of bottles of wine for the parents!

We called ourselves the Wooloomooloo Wombats, so that if we did win a prize the principal would have trouble with the name. The boys thought that would be funny. But Mrs Jackson did the awards...sorry Mrs Jackson! :) Actually she did it perfectly! :)

We found the eagle on the lamp post....we had to either draw a picture of it, or takea photo! Thank goodness for digital cameras!

The East/West links on the Ku'damn....another photo...although, Phil did a really good drawing of it!

Find the World Cup Berlin Bear! Easy, I found this during World Cup, so I knew exactly where to go! :)

Friday, 29 September 2006

720 triangles to sew??

Here is the beginning of the next quilt to be sewn. This afternoon I cut all 720 triangles. Next week, I hope to start sewing them up.
the colouring in of the pattern was fun, I hope the quilt will live up to my colouring in!

Stay tuned.....

Saturday, 23 September 2006

How high can you bunge trampoline?

The Reichstrasse Festival happens twice a year. The street is closed from Theodore Heuss Platz, down to Neu Westend U Bahn Station. 1 stage at each end, and one in the middle. So lots of interesting music and dancing...and a lot of beer drinking.

The highlight for the kids was the bunge jumping trampolines. Alexander was happy to jump up and down. Cameron tried to do more than 2 somersaults in a row. Number 3 was usually too hard, and he would hit the trampoline head first, and laugh very loudly. He needed to speed up the first somersault. He says next time he will definitely succeed!

Trampolining makes you thirsty for blue slushy drinks!

Monday, 11 September 2006

Bye Paris

2 views from the top of the Eiffel Tower

A great weekend, and we have decided we need to do this again....the problem is which city next?? Rome? Barcelona? We need to think about it.

Nathalie and Charlotte both enjoyed themselves,and we are trying to convince them to come to Berlin for a weekend to check out the German Xmas markets!! I don't think we will have to twist their arms too hard!

Thanks for a great weekend girls!

Sunday, 10 September 2006

Paradis Latin Caberet

Oh La La!

The receptionist at the hotel tried to get us into the Moulin Rouge on Sunday evening...all sold out. However he recommended another caberet show, and we were able to get tickets for it.

click on this link, change the language to English, then click on the video, to see a bit of what we saw!

The theatre was constructed by Gustave Eiffel in 1889. A really lovely building inside. The food was terrific, the wine was great, and an awesome show! We were really lucky, our table was right down near the front.

This is us after the show.....doing the can can! lol

Can you do the Cha Cha?

Our tour guides through Paris....Nathalie and Charlotte!

Started the morning seeing the front of the Moulin Rouge....shame no Ewan McGregor anywhere in site...(a lot smaller than I thought....but an interesting district of Paris.

We checked out Montemartre, and the Sacre-Coeur,(the white church). I loved the area, I would spend every weekend up there if I lived in Paris (pre children of course). The paitings were terrific and it had a great atmosphere.

Nathalie's train left in the afternoon, we sadly said good bye at the train station, then headed back to the hotel for a rest, ready for a fun evening

Saturday, 9 September 2006

Eiffel Tower and Boat Cruise

First up was the boat tour. That was great. Lots of interesting buildings to see along the shores of the Seine river, with tons of information about the history of Paris.

Wow!!! I loved the Eiffel Tower. Not keen on the long queues to wait to get to the top...but it was worth it. For anyone who is thinking of visiting the Eiffel Tower, next time I would recommend finding a Paris tour that does the Tower as part of the tour. The tour operators have specific times to go in, and they do not have to wait in the queue.

We went to the very top of the Eiffel Tower...a long way up. I shut my eyes in the elevator, it was all a bit much, but I was fine once I was at the very top. Great views!!

Here I am with Sonia, Charlotte and Nathalie!

We were a long way from home!

Saturday in Paris. Let's walk....

....and did we walk!
What a great day....with our personal French tourist guides, we wandered the streets of Paris, to Galleries Lafayette, Champs-Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, a boat cruise! All fabulous.

Me in the perfumes department of Galleries Layayette...after awile I lost my sense of smell.

Charlotte and I on the top of Galleries Lafayette, great views.

Stopped for lunch at a great French restaurant. This was Nathalie and Sonia's dessert...they were very wobbly on those plates!

Friday, 8 September 2006

A girls' weekend in Paris

Sonia and I left Berlin to have a girls weekend in Paris. A good flight, but not sure what that food was that was served by Air France? Managed the train system really well....not so good on the street directions to get to the hotel. We eventually found it. The street signs in Paris and not very user friendly to tourists....and I think I need to get my glasses rechecked.

A quick stop to put our bags in the room, then a 15 minute walk down to the Lourve! WOW.....fabulous. I saw the paintings I have only ever seen in my art books at school and uni. It was terrific.

Later that night, Charlotte (my French penfriend, living in England) and her friend Nathalie (French) arrived. Quickly putting their bags into the room. We headed to the Champs-Elyesees for some shopping. We found the most amazing DVD and CD store, and lots more.

Back by 12.30am....lots of fun