Another year of “gold” with British Airways has started with a trip to Berlin. Bad weather at LHR meant there were several delays flying out. We were delayed about 30 mins which wasn’t so bad. The first class lounge at T5 has added another favourite of mine to their selection: mushy peas! So it was steak & ale pie with mashed potatoes and the mushies! Nicely washed down with Buck’s Fizz and then a nice red. It was nice to be back in the lounge again.

After a couple more wines on the plane we arrived at TXL (for the last but one time before the airport closes) but couldn’t get off the plane as the jetty had broken! Plan B was going to be to exit by the back door but they eventually fixed the jetty and we deplaned. I complained to the crew that I had been looking forward to using the slides!

Our friends were waiting for us and took us to the Ivbergs Premium hotel which is rapidly becoming our hotel of choice in Berlin: it is clean, comfortable, offers free internet and is near the gay scene in the west of Berlin. Breakfast is also good with a wide offering although it does finish at 10:30 which is a bit mean, especially at the weekend. Above all it is cheap!


Saturday was spent at the Panoramapunkt on Potsdamer Platz, a viewing platform, reached by Europe’s fastest lift,  with excellent views over the city. Good value at only €5.50 per adult and the cafe is not expensive either. Pics here.

The flight back on Sunday was my penultimate one from Tegel before the new Berlin airport opens in June. Uneventful flight but the journey home reminded me that the Olympics are just around the corner; we couldn’t board the train at Clapham Junction, because of the crowds caused by the London marathon. I think I’ll try and avoid central London during the Olympics.



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