My Break Away in Berlin

A few weeks, even months ago, my bestie Karo and I decided we are going to meet up for her birthday and I was to fly over for it the beginning of July. So I asked hubby nicely to see if I can book it and if he is able to handle 2 kids. This was my mini holiday away from the kids. It was nearly 5 days.

Friday, 10th July, the day finally arrived, I flew over to Germany to visit my bestie. Originally it was planned to go Thursday to Sunday but under work circumstances for hubby I changed it Friday to Tuesday which gave me an extra day.

At lunch time I drove down to Dublin so I have plenty of time in case there is traffic. The flight didn’t depart until 6pm which meant I didn’t have to rush. In fact the flight was delayed like all other flights for some reason. By 21:45pm I arrived in Berlin Schönefeld Airport. Karo collected me and we drove to her hometown Panketal which is outside Berlin. It was nice to see her dog Jackson and the 3 cats and her mum again. After giving everyone the presents we went to bed as it was a long day, not just for me. Karo worked all day.

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Saturday, 11th July, it was a lovely warm day. I got up pretty early. I guess I am so used to it. We all had breakfast together and Karo and I drove to the next village called Eberswalde that had a cool little zoo. We had the perfect weather for it.
First let us take a few selfies…whether it’s human or animal…

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It was an amazing start of a fun holiday. So much to do there too. We fed the goats, the donkey we took the selfie with, bonded with lemurs, went onto the playground to discover the child in us again and took lots and lots of selfies.

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Tiger *ROAR*

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This was the most fun part. Karo can’t agree more. She took a video of this whole thing and found it quite amusing. I have to admit it does look amusing but I have to disappoint you guys the video is just between me and her.

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As you can probably make out in the photo above, I like looking through things and have photos taken with those things.

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Lemur selfie time. One of them even licked her finger. They are too cute, aren’t they? They were running around freely in the park.

After the zoo we went back to Panketal and had lunch in our favourite cafe “Madlen”. Schnitzel for me of course. YUM YUM.

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Admit it, it look delicious! Even looking at it now I could kill that meal right now.

We then chilled out a bit in the house and got ready to head to ” Disney in Concert” in Berlin. I recommend it to anyone out there. It was lovely and brings you back to your own childhood watching all those movies like Aladdin, the Lion King or Arielle. I might have even cried a little but no one noticed.

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I’ve taken some videos as you actually have more from it than photos. Listen into 2 of them.

The Lion King – Circle Of Life (GERMAN)

A small world (GERMAN)

Sunday, 12th July, was a lazy day. Ireland and the UK might be used to going shopping on this day but in Germany shops are closed every Sunday unless it is some special day. So what else can you do other than making a Banoffee Pie and going bowling after. It was raining that day too so 2 of the most perfect activities you could possibly do. The bowling shop was only 2 mins down the road.

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Who wants a slice?

Monday, 13th July, we wasted over an hour in the morning. Why you are wondering? Well, as you know I sold my family house in Germany last year and I wanted to keep my bike. So Karo and I went into the next village to a bike shop and he put it into a box to send over to Ireland. We went to the post office and to 2 other possible courier. All rejected as the box was too big. How annoying and how annoyed and speechless were we. Just because of 10cm more length. So unless we find another courier it either stays there for bike journeys whenever I am over, I am going to have a sell it or take it over by plane.

12.30pm that day we finally headed our way into Berlin city, Potsdamer Platz to watch the Minions. I got Karo a voucher for her birthday which she loved by the way. The movie was alright. At least we can talk to other people about it now.

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It was onto shopping next. H&M and othe shops we passed. I tried on so many things and I only ended up with 2 tops in the end. What did Chloe get? At least 10 things. But is it not always that way? You always buy more for you kids.

After all that shopping we got hungry and walked to Vapiano across the road. They make delicious pasta, salads and pizza in front of your eyes and add the ingredients. It’s lovely but you need to have a huge amount of patience. It is always packed and you could wait a long time. I think this time I must have been in the queue for at least 30 mins. And I destroyed my pasta pesto within 2 mins, I was that hungry from waiting.

Around 6/6.30pm we headed back to Panketal. I’ve done a little of shopping and we watched a movie in the evening time.

Tuesday, 14th July, my last day. You wouldn’t believe how fast those days flew. Way too fast. We can’t stop the time can we? Karo had an appointment early in the morning so I relaxed in the house a bit and played with Jackson and the cats. Some breakfast after and off we went to do the big shopping. To give you an idea I came with 13kg luggage, that includes presents and stuff for Karo and her mum. I left with 22kg. 2kg overweight. OOPS, but because I flew with Aer Lingus they didn’t say anything. Ryanair I am sure they would have charged me for every gram I am over.

Lunch time we had a yummy BBQ. Sausages, chicken and meat. It was amazing and a lovely way of ending my holiday. A bit of chilling out and eating sweets on the couch after, last cuddles with the cats and Jackson.

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7pm it was time to hit the road and take the train back to the airport. Karo came with me so I didn’t have to find the trains on my own. As always the flight was late. Originally we were supposed to land 23.20pm. It was midnight by the time we left the plane. I am so glad I booked a hotel last minute as there was no way I could drive home safe that late. I had to be up again at 6am but at least I got a few hours sleep.

What a lovely trip it was and guess what, we are already planning the next one. This time Karo is coming over to visit me again in 2 weeks time more than likely. We are using the time before I am back to work again in 3 weeks.

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My Flip Flop Wishlist by Ipanema

Summer is upon us. Summer has officially started 21st June which is the meteorological  beginning of summer. I can definitely feel it. Even though in Ireland we don’t really get a proper summer like in most countries it is quite warm for Ireland. At the moment the sun is shining and we have 18 degrees which is nice to see. It brightens up your day even more. I am in serious need of some proper new flip flops. Up until now I used to go for the cheap ones from Penneys as I have never seen a shop with proper nice ones. This year we are not going on holidays because of Chloe only being born the beginning of February but we are planning to go on our first ever holiday next year. But not only on holidays you require flip flops. You also need them in this lovely weather going to the beach or even going to the local pool. I personally like wearing them just going to the shop. They go with every outfit. Why not check out this website for a wide range of flip flops perfect for this summer. 1803 Ipanema is one of Brazil’s hottest flip flops brands. The flip flops, sandals and wedges are made in Brazil and are 100% recyclable. Brazil is a nation of vibrant colours, natural beauty, great joy, and easy-going people. One location that showcases this true Brazilian spirit is Ipanema, a neighbourhood located in the southern region of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. First made famous by the bossa nova rhythms of the 1960s, Ipanema is now known for its elegance and social life. With Ipanema’s casual and relaxed beach spirit in mind, we created Ipanema footwear. The brand epitomises the look and spirit of Ipanema and it’s colourful characters. Pick up your pair for either women, men or kids. They have everything. I already have picked out some for myself, a pair for hubby and a pair for Matthew and Chloe for next summer when hopefully we will be attending our first summer family holiday. Mammy’s Flip Flops: 1445 1552     I love these original Brazilian flip flops which also proudly presents Brazil’s flag on them. Daddy’s Flip Flops: 1517   Matthew’s Flip Flops: 1549   How cute are these monster flip flops for my little man. Brings  you right into the holiday spirit with its ocean blue colours.   1574   Chloe’s Flip Flops 173   Aren’t they lovely? Are you planning on going on holidays this year? Are you in need of some new pair of flip flops? Go on, log onto Ipanema and order your pair today.

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Family Holiday Wishlist

I have to admit even before hubby and I had children we have never been on a holiday together. To some that might sound awful but there are reasons to that and the main reason really was the money. Of course we went to Germany once a year but I don’t count that as a holiday to be honest. It was to visit my family.

When Matthew got older I did plan on going on a holiday as the 3 of us but the idea must have got lost somewhere. The only holiday we’ve been on was to Cork. In fairness it was a 4 1/2 hours drive so I count that as a holiday. Mini break even.

Now that Chloe came along we have to wait with the holiday again until she gets older. I would have planned on one next year but we have so much going on with the wedding organizations that it would be unrealistic to organize a holiday on top of that.

But when we do get away finally there are a few destinations I would like to visit as a family.

1. Peppa Pig Worldpeppa-georgeMatthew is a huge fan of Peppa Pig. This would be the perfect theme park for him to go wild in. Either one of us will have to go with him or Chloe has to be a certain age so it’s definitely on the list.

2. Thomas Landthomas-land17

I seen many bloggers recently blogging about this theme park. Matthew used to be big into watching Thomas the tank engine. Not so much anymore now but he is obsessed with trains so this would be definitely something for him in the near future.

3. Lego LandEntrance_to_Legoland_Windsor

Located in Windsor, UK this is one of many Lego lands resort in the world. Not only Matthew would enjoy this I am sure daddy would too.

4. Cambrils Park Resortrandomimage-picker-portada

There has been a lot of talks about this family resorts in my little August Mummy 2012 group. Some of them have been a couple of times. It’s so family friendly and it looks brilliant. The only downside is that you will have to book well in advance to get your little home for the one or two weeks you are staying.

5. Roquetas De Mar1157226643

Roquetas De Mar is located in the south east mainland part of Spain. I’ve been going on holidays with my mum a lot in the past here. Probably 10 times to date. I just love keep coming back. So that’s the reason I would like to bring Matthew and Chloe one day too.

6. Disneyland Parisdisney1

Who doesn’t have this place on their list? The last time I’ve been to Disneyland was 20 years ago. Which means it is long overdue to go back. Its definitely not just a place to have fun in for kids.

7. Portugalalgarve, portugal

 

I’ve never been to Portugal before. I hear most people are staying in the Algarve area. I would definitely consider taking the kids here one day.

Have you planned on going on holidays this year? How old were your kids before you thought it would be ok for them?

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