How are you all?
Well, 2000 miles, 3 countries, 5 different hotels and 350 photos later, we're back! Tee hee, don't worry, I've not included them all; I've diarised our trip using just a few of my favourites!
The journey ...
We took a train to St Pancras, the Eurostar to Brussels and then hired a car.
We spent a day in Berlin which, frankly, isn't anywhere near long enough to visit all the landmarks. As our hotel was situated in the Tiergarten area (German for 'animal garden'), our first stop was only a short walk away - Berlin Zoo, which is one of the most popular in the world ...
Berlin is a fascinating city. If you get the chance to go, do take it. It is steeped in history, particularly 20th century, and you can't help but get swept up by it all. Our whistle-stop visit included the Reichstag, the German parliamentary building ...
The Brandenburg Gate ...
(The first picture shows the Brandenburg Gate in 1989 with East German soldiers on the Berlin Wall.)
(Poignant memorial to those who lost their lives attempting to climb over the Berlin Wall.)
Next stop was Poland, or Wloclawek to be precise. The reason for our trip, of course, was to attend my little brother's wedding to his Polish girlfriend. The general standard of living seems very low in the parts of Poland we saw. The buildings look neglected, people tend to live in ugly high rise apartments and most of the roads are in a terrible condition. We must have passed a dozen 'ladies of the night' sitting, smoking at the roadsides in broad daylight! I think there is a lot of EU funding money being spent on the main road network though as we got held up in so many roadworks.
(These pictures were all taken within a stone's throw of our hotel.)
There were pockets of prettiness though and our destination, the Hotel Aleksander, was one ...
The wedding was simply gorgeous. There were about 50 guests (mostly English). It was a short Catholic service followed by a reception at the hotel.
The whole thing was wonderful but quite emotional; the newlyweds are emigrating to Australia this week. :-(
My brother is ten years younger than me; he is the youngest of the four of us and I am the eldest. He's always been a baby to me and I shall miss him terribly.
(Me with my 'little' brother, the groom!)
(My lovely little family.)
Blogger is not letting me load any more photos, maybe it has reached saturation point! I shall continue in another post ... x