Left home in brilliant sunshine only to arrive in dull, overcast weather. By the time we had caught the S Bahn and U Bahn the weather had improved somewhat and by chance, I suspect, we had got the combination of trains just right, so all we had to do was walk down Pariser Str. Until we reached our hotel. First impressions of Berlin weren’t great but it is very much a city you have to be in to appreciate it.

We went straight out after dumping our bags and walked round the block, into the Kurfürstendamm before going for an Erdinger in a local hostelry and then on to a very swish Turkish restaurant. We had a sharing starter of all sorts of Turkish dishes and for the main course I had duck with apricot and parsnip pure and Hyw had lamb shoulder, absolutely delicious.

Hyw is now snoring beside me but I shall read, not a bad first day, we shall see what tomorrow brings.


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