This week my mother, and my Beloved's mother and partner came to visit. It was a late flight into Schönfeld airport, and there were a lot of railworks on the S-Bahn network causing delays, so they were ferried to Basdorf by taxi. Even so, it took almost as long to get to our house as it did the flight from East Midland's Airport to Berlin.
We gave them the usual tour of Berlin: Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten, up the Reichstag (dome closed for cleaning unfortunatley), Unter Den Linden, Museum Island, up the TV tower, Alexanderplatz, Nikolaiviertel, boat along the Spree, Gendarmenmarkt, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Ku'Damm, Checkpoint Charlie, Hackescher Markt, the Neue Synagoge, the Prater Garten ... have we missed somewhere? Of course we couldn't expect to show them everywhere, and we had no time to look in any of the marvelous art galleries and museums, but we hope it gave them the flavour of Berlin and a desire to come back for more.
There was even an Oktoberfest going off in Alexanderplatz, so they got a taste of Bavaria too:
On the last day we went for a walk through the woods which surround Basdorf, collecting mushrooms. We didn't find any we could confidently eat though, certainly not this one:
Hopefully everybody had a good time, and we look forward to their next visit. The rail network might be working better then too.