November 24, 2015


Berlin is a city full of history, culture and arts. We had a busy and interesting time in Berlin. We should have gone to Berlin ages ago, but for some reason we didn't! Mr Notjustnat knows a lot about Berlin so we hit all the famous places as soon as we arrived there. Having had our Airbnb apartment right in the heart of Berlin helps to get to everything in short walking distant. I'm glad we stayed in East Berlin which was very interesting. Of course there is no East and West Berlin any more, but I still enjoyed staying on the East instead of the West side of the city. 

Even though we are tourists, but we never felt we were typical tourists. We don't take tours and we find our own way everywhere. We don't speak German except hi, good morning, thank you and good bye. Many people speak English perfectly in Germany. People are so kind and helpful. Berlin has so many great galleries, museums, monuments and famous buildings. One thing I really wanted to see was the part of the Berlin wall that is still standing. I was lucky that there was the East Side Gallery which maintained a piece of the actual wall. Enjoy the following photos of Berlin.

Brandenburg Gate

Ampelmannchen, the little green man of Berlin

Historic District sign on the sidewalk

Jewish Memorial

Brandenburg Gate tributes to the Paris attacks

Berlin Buddy Bear

View of the  Berlin Dome from the river

Cobble stones all over Berlin

Collage from Berlinische Galerie

Tales from W. Turner, Fred Thieler 1962

Famouse painting of the kiss between
Brezhnev and Honecker at East Side Gallery

Flax Barn at Lalen 1887, Max Liebermann

The Garden Bench, Max Lieberman 1916

Heinrike Dannecker 1802

Wall hanging for the peace of Hubertusburg 1763

Snowman on my slow-cloth

We saw what we intended to see in Berlin excepted the Jewish museum. It was closed the day we went and we were too busy to get back there again. It means that we will have to return to Berlin again in the future!

I hope you are enjoying my "around the world in 80 days" posts. Thanks for leaving your comments. I really appreciated them. I'm continuing stitching my slow-cloth. I only have space left for a couple of more pieces. When I left Munich I picked up a couple of Christmas magazines so the idea came to include a Christmas piece. We are in NYC at the moment.  Will blog about that on the next post.

Until nest time

November 17, 2015

Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria

It seems like a world away since my last post about Copenhagen. The event in Paris and Beirut have saddened me. War and killing, why? Let's pray for Paris and Beirut! 

We are continuing on our Around the World in 80 days trip. The stops in Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria were both enjoyable and exciting! We visited Susi (Susis Quilts) and Anton in Schleswig-Holstein. They took good care of us and showed us their home state. They asked if we liked history. Of course we do! So the next day they took us to the Viking Museum in Haithabu. Then they took us to Husum, a sweet seaside town that Susi used to live in. We had a great lunch and sampled Halligplatte - a tasty local dish. Susi and Anton kindly also drove us to Hamburg the next day to catch a train to Munich. The train trip was fun. We enjoyed the Germany countryside all the way to Munich.  

Susi's hand knitted socks for X-mas bazaar

Wind turbines are everywhere

Beautiful harbour at Husum

Map of Viking settlements

Viking Museum, Haithabu

A real Viking ship 

Viking jewellery

Viking jewellery

Viking jewellery

Viking tools

Westerhever Leuchtturm Lighthouse

Susi and Anton, our sweetest hosts

Beer comes in litres in Germany!

The next stopped was Munich, the Bavarian country. Mr. Notjustnat's niece lives in Munich so we were shown to the Bavarian Alps, castles, gorge and mountains. 

King Ludwig II Palace at Linderhof
Neuschwanstein Castle, built by the fairy-tale-king

The Partnach Gorge

Park bench at an altitude of 1236 metres
on Mt Germisch P

Angel of Peace, in Munich city

Munich architecture

Asam Church, Munich baroque
style church 

Munich city gates

My piece of Markthal building, Rotterdam

Stitching, journaling and Instagraming keeps me busy in the evenings. We don't go out much in the evenings. It shows our age right? I'm thankful that we are still healthy and fit to do what we are doing. We've seen much more than we ever dreamt of. We have to thank our friends and family we visited that were such gracious hosts and showed us fabulous and interesting places that we would otherwise not been able to see by ourselves. To all of you, if you ever come to our part of the world we will be happy to show your ours too.

Until next time

November 10, 2015


It's our first visit to this part of the world. We have heard a lot about Copenhagen from friends and colleagues who visited it. We decided to give museums a break after visiting so many of them in Amsterdam. Being Autumn here we thought we would spent time visiting parks and other interesting places instead of museums. Shop fronts are in full swing with Christmas decorations so we had a good look at those too. 

We took a bus across Oresund Bridge to Malmo, Sweden for a day as well. Malmo old town was very charming. Some old heritage buildings and churches are spread around the old town. I'm glad we made the trip. 

The rest of our time was spent in Copenhagen sightseeing.

Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates, love them!

Very decorative manhole cover in Copenhagen 

Royal looking manhole cover found in Malmo

A busy square in Copenhagen centre

Fish from a wall decoration in Malmo

Beautiful Autumn leaves in Malmo

Gorgeous old tin at a second-hand shop

Jorck's Passage in Copenhagen

Lego window display
Visiting Royal Copenhagen store

Classic Royal Copenhagen design

A traditional door pull with dear antlers

I'm continuing to photograph park benches
wherever I found them.

Autumn in pink!

Christmas decoration in the
Royal Copenhagen store

Last block of stitching from the first strip.

SAS has now taken us to Hamburg!

We are now in Munich until the end of the week. We did have a few days in Ellerdorf with dear Susi and Anton, but will tell you about that in my next post.

We are having a nice visit to the Bavarian countryside and the surrounding alpine mountains. We will spend the next couple of days around the city center and museums. Don't miss the next post about our time in Ellerdorf and Munich.

Until next time