Monday, 31 October 2016

Monday 31st October 2016

We decided on a trip to Potsdam today so we got up early and left the hotel at midday.

Normally we like to walk to places but as Potsdam is about 20 miles away we decided to take the train.

Lunch was a couple of egg salad baguettes bought from a sandwich stall at Alexanderplatz train station.
The quality of some of these station shops is surprisingly good, something we could learn from in Britain.

Potsdam has a film museum that we were quite interested in visiting but it was closed.
In fact, most of Potsdam appears to be closed on a Monday.

There is a Brandenburg Tor in Potsdam, not to be confused with the one in Berlin, which is twenty miles away and much bigger and more impressive but this one did have a fountain and it wasn't closed!

All this train travel made us thirsty so we went looking for somewhere that was open and served coffee.

Right next to the Brandenburg Tor were a couple of open places and one of them had some nice looking cakes on display so we ventured inside.

It turns out that we were in an ice-cream parlour that had items on the menu such as ice-cream lasagne and ice-cream spaghetti.

They also did cake and coffee so we ordered a black coffee, a cappuccino and two slices of cake; a Karamell Baiser Torte and a Nougat Torte.

At €16.10 it was not only the worst coffee we have had in Germany but also the most expensive.

The cake portions were huge but judging by the dryness of the Nougat Torte I think they were just tying to get rid of it.

One thing we did see in Potsdam that I have not seen before but is an excellent idea was Dog Stations.

Free poo bags to clear up after your pooch.
The only thing I have seen similar to this was in Leigh on Sea where someone had tied bags to a fence for people to use, but this was more of an official thing.

Not a lot else to say about Potsdam except don't go there on a grey Monday in October!

Pre-dinner cocktails were at the hotel again, mainly because it was raining.

Tonight's choice included a Long Island Iced Tea.
Previous experience of the hotel's cocktails made me think that this particular choice would be fairly lethal.
However it was quite a disappointment as it tasted just like a glass of coke.
Even at happy hour prices, €6 is a lot of money for a glass of coke!!

Happily the Zombie was more alcoholic, although not as strong as last nights, which is probably a good thing!

Last time we were in Berlin we had lunch at Dada Falafel.
We thought we would come for an evening meal on this visit.

Despite the name, Dada Falafel is not only a vegetarian restaurant.
We can't comment on the meat side however as neither of us eats animals, only vegetables, pulses, grains, beans etc and fish.

However, the vege plate is very good value for money.
€8 for all that is on the plate pictured above.

They only have one type of white wine on offer, at €18, but it's very drinkable and the owner(?) told us that it was the only white wine he would stock as it was the only white wine that was suitable for his food.

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