Crystal Palace dinosaurs

If you haven’t got a plan for the weekend and London doesn’t sound so far, head to Crystal Palace Park in Bromley. If you can’t, keep reading. You might find this interesting.

FYI, you won’t find any palace. We felt very ignorant, when we were told by a random dog walker that the palace got burn years ago.

So, read about it first. The Crystal Palace was built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition in 1851. After the exhibition, the building was rebuilt in an enlarged form in it’s current location. It stood there from 1854 until its destruction by fire in 1936. ( At least it gives name to a football team…)

But you can still pay a visit to some lovely dinosaurs. Far from the fancy exhibition (and the neverending queue) at the National History Museum, these dinosaur sculptures from 1854 will give you good idea of what science was like more than a century ago.

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Berlin, a personal guide

Just got back from a cold holiday in Berlin. Some people would say that December is not the best time to visit the city. I say it is. It was my second time visiting a cold Berlin. Here is a four day guide:

DAY 1: FRIDAY

We landed very early at Schönefeld Berlin Airport. We would “easily” have got to central Berlin if it wasn’t that buying a ticket involved a good 45′ spent in a ticket queue. Mad.

 


Tip 1: How to move around

We mainly walked everywhere. But for those daytrips further out, we managed to survive and get around with U-Bahn (underground) and S-Bahn (trains that cross and go out the city).

There are no ticket barriers to use the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams or regional trains. However, you can be asked to show your ticket anytime, so you better have it. To get into the bus one has to show the ticket to the driver.

Another option would be renting a bike. Very affordable and easy, since there are bike lanes EVERYWHERE. I love it.


 

So we got to Alexanderplatz and there we found one of the biggest Weihnachtmarkt (Christmas market) of the city. The offer would be the same everywhere:  Bratwrust, typical sweets, GühlWein, Xmas gifts and fun fairs.

 


Tip 2: Where to stay

Location as always is very important. After looking for different options, including Airbnb and apartments, we finally chose EastSeven Hostel (Schwedter Strasse 7). Just as they claimed to be: relaxed hostel in central Berlin. Small, cosy and clean.

The closest underground station is U Senedefelderplazt. The Kollwitzkiez district, as well as Mitte, are close to the city centre, easy to get around and have nice cafes, restaurants and local shops.

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