This March saw 18 members of Bromley U3A fly out to Germany’s capital, Berlin, for a five-day break.
Renee Evenett, Group Travel Organiser for the group, organised the trip through tour operator Simply Groups of West Yorkshire. “We flew out from Luton with easyJet arriving at the Park Inn Berlin, in time for dinner,” she recalls. “The hotel had over a thousand very modern and efficient rooms and forty floors with views over Alexanderplatz and the rest of the city.” On their first morning, the group set off by coach on a city tour, alighting at Checkpoint Charlie and driving slowly along a mile section of the brightly painted wall along the banks of the River Spree that once divided East and West. Renee says, “Our very good guide also took us to the Humboldt Box where we viewed a beautiful model of the city and to the buffet in the Winter Garden of the KaDeWe – apparently the largest department store in continental Europe – for lunch. Afterwards sightseeing continued with a guided tour of Castle Charlottenburg and the Cabinet of Curiosities – an amazing collection of Sevres china, silver and jewels.”
On Sunday an excursion to Potsdam and the Sanssouci Palace was enjoyed and after lunch in the Dutch Quarter of Potsdam, the group visited Castle Cecilienhof where in 1945, Truman, Stalin and Churchill met to decide the fate of Germany. “We had a tour seeing the rooms used by each leader and the Conference Room,” comments Renee.
The next day was free to explore Berlin at leisure before the group flew home on Tuesday. Renee comments, “This was a brilliant holiday and thanks to Simply Groups for such a good trip. I have used the company for many of my trips since I first went on a familiarisation trip with them in 2005 and am really happy with the service I receive. The promotional material the company sends out to each of my members is so detailed, they always comment when they have received their parcel from Simply Groups!”