The Anonymous Widower

Don’t Stay In The Metro One Hotel By The Hauptbahnhof In Berlin!

The only thing to recommend it, is the distance from the station, but I found it totally unfit for my purpose as I wrote in A Hotel To Avoid.

I will not be taking any chances in future and will avoid Metro One hotels.

February 17, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

When Will The United States Learn That Guns Kill People?

Trump may blame mental health for the shootings in Florida, but then anybody can vere from their normal safe state to a dangerous one!

February 15, 2018 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Gluten Not Optional

I spent last night in the Ibis hotel at Karlsruhe and had a very good supper in Baden-Baden.

This morning, I’m on my way to Stuttgart, so I thought I’d pick up something at the station.

Usually, on German stations, I can find something like fruit, but here there were nothing gluten-free except a bag of McDonald’s fries, coffee etc and water.

I assume all German coeliacs are stick-thib, as they aren’t allowed to collect snacks on the run!

February 15, 2018 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

Pizza Again Last Night

It’s not often, I’ve ate pizza two nights running, but last night I went to Pizzesco after Cielo di Berlino in Berlin.

Both were gluten-free and washed done with Lammsbrau gluten-free beer.

If you give Pizza Express 7 out of 10, then Berlin would be 8 and Munich 9 or 10.

The only trouble with Pizzesco is that it gets busier every time I go.

February 14, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Excelsior In Munich Delivers

When I pass through Munich on my long trips, I generally stay in the Excelsior hotel by the Hbf (Hauptbahnhof).

  • It is about a fifty metre walk from the station entrance.
  • The hotel dies old-fashioned service at a reasonable price.
  • The rooms are spacious and comfortable.
  • It has baths.
  • It does a proper cooked breakfast.
  • It is convenient for the trams.

Once I needed a phone charger, so they sold me one for a couple of euros from their large collection guests had left behind.

February 14, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

Adding Insult To Injury

I still couldn’t get BBC World, but to add insult to injury, I could get a porn channel! Not that I’m bothered about this level of porn, but it wasn’t what I wanted to watch. Although, I did find it funny, that a guy kept his hat on, whilst on the job. It wasn’t because he was cold either, as the sun was blazing away!

February 13, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , | 1 Comment

A Trip To Spandau

This morning I have taken the U7 line to Spandau Rathaus and explored the town.

I am actually writing this in a pleasant coffee jouse called Croissant, where I have enjoyed a mug of cappucino and a chocolate brownie, that was marked gluten-free.

I shall soon be leavibg to visit the Olympic Stadium.

February 12, 2018 Posted by | Food, Travel | , | Leave a comment

A Hotel To Avoid

My hotel in Berlin is definitely one to avoid.

These are current anoyancies.

  • The television can’t receive BBC World.
  • The glasses are small thin plastic things in plsstic bags, that break easily. McDonalds provide better ones!
  • There is no plug for a laptop by the desk.
    That doesn’t matter as the desk isn’t big enough for a laptop.
  • The doors are heavy steel ones that are hard to open and hit you as you go through.
  • There is no place to put clothes

I shall be glad to leave tomorrow.

I will mot return or use another of this group’s hotels.

I’ll name the hotel, when I get back to Blighty and I have put my vitriol on Trip Advisor. I can’t fo that now, as I haven’t got my account details with me. You always forget something!

These are a few pictures I took.

In some ways for me, the non-existent glasses was worst.  Because of my stroke, I like to drink out of a glass, as I can’t use a straw.

This hotel is totally unsuitable for solo travellers like myself, who need to charge devices. It would also be terrible for a couple, as the average woman would have no place to put everything.

C would have gone potty.

If I were to give the average Premier Inn 7 out of 10, I would give this Metro One hotel by the Hauptbahnhof in Berlin, a score as low as one.

 

February 12, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , | 3 Comments

Germany’s Next Top Model

I found this advert in several cities I visited in Germany.

I’m nopt bothered but, would an advert like this be allowed in the UK?

February 11, 2018 Posted by | World | , | 2 Comments

Time To Spare Go By Air

The title of this post was given to me by a pilot by the name of Dick Fox, who was one of men and women, who taught me to fly properly. We also did a few trips to places like Stockholm, Dusseldorf and Cologne. At the latter airport, we had a battery failure so Dick stepped up to the plate and got my Cessna 340, in the yraditional way, by swinging the propeller and starting it by hand.

Today, I’m at Gatwick on my way to Berlin. It never surprised me, the way airports make the process of flying less efficient.

Slow Walking Routes

I’m flying from the North Terminal and arrived at Gatwick by train.

Where is the direct route from the station to the North Terminal shuttle? You have to walk in a loop through the crowds in the Main Terminal to get to it.

Surely, separate routes would be more efficient for passengers and the Airport.

Security

It was better today, but I suspect Gatwick are applying a bit of looking at passengers to speed some through. I suspect that being 70 and grey, I wasn’t asked to take my boots off.

My bag also failed the search and I had to wait for it. But it was all done politely.

I hope that security goes along the route of more technology and AI.

Compulsory Visiting Of Duty Free

We still live in a free country and if I want to visit Duty Free, it should be my choice.

So why do I have to wak threough the Duty Free area?

Needing A Boarding Pass To Buy Anything After Security

Why? As it slows down queuing for small goods you need.

I suspect it’s all about VAT. But surely, if companies abolished it for small purchases, everybody would win.

Slow Service In Restaurants

I queued in Jamie Oliver’s for perhaps ten minutes, but I was out in thirty. It seems they’ve got their systems better.

Conclusion

Any London Airport that speeds up their systems will get my custom.

February 11, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , | 1 Comment