At 10.00am on Friday 11th July we arrived in Berlin. We entered the Spree River and after passing through the Charlottenburg Lock we moored at a designated place near the city centre. We had reached our final destination having travelled over 2223 km by water!
The journey started on the 25th March in Albert Lock on the River Shannon and has ended now 109 days later. We have gone through 272 locks and 20 other stair lifts or aqueducts such as The Saint Louis Arzviller Inclined Plane boat lift and Elbe aqueduct. The boat turned out to be the perfect boat for the trip and it has crossed the English Chanel, travelled through the old narrow locks of France, The Seine River, the Fast Flowing Rhine and now the big lakes of Berlin (more about these later- some are bigger than Dublin Bay). We received a great welcome in the marinas around Berlin as initially they did not believe we came all the way from Ireland.
Having moored the boat safely in Berlin we then took an Underground train to the Reichstag and spent the day touring. As we are leaving the boat at a marina outside Berlin ,we will come back for a better look at the city. First impressions are of a modern vibrant city with lots of visitors and much more cosmopolitan than other German Cities we have visited.
Nuala brought me back to the Kurfurstendamm to try and find the Irish Harp, a pub she worked in 30 years ago. It has moved but we found another Irish pub just off the street and the bar man was able to tell Nuala that he knows the owners of the Irish Harp as he himself had worked for them for many years.
Having stayed overnight, we left at 8.00 am the next morning motored through the heart of Berlin on the Spree River and out the other end of the city. We were advised to cross the city early in the morning before the tour boats started moving. That turned out to be great advice as we cleared the last lock leaving the city at 10.00am just when the tour boats were starting to show up in big numbers. The Spree was much more difficult to navigate that the Seine in Paris as it is much narrower and the bridges are smaller, some one way only.
After leaving Berlin, we then motored down the Berlin Lakes to the Boothaus Rool Marina on the Zeuthern See where the boat will stay for the next month. Once again we received a great welcome, as they were expecting us. Thanks to Ollie and Michael for helping us moor as there was a gale blowing at the time. We now can relax, clean the boat and get ready for a short trip home to Dublin next week.
Well done Adrian & Nuala. That was a great trip and I am delighted to have been part of it. See you soon here in Lusk; if we’re still living here. Rotary have agreed to top up your VdeP account by a decent amount.
Thanks again for all the help and advice. Thanks also for organising to get Rotary to put some money into the SVP ac. I was begining to get worried about the low amount of money. Wed blog will be on supporting SVP. Looking forward to seeing you when we get home. – Adrian & Nuala
The most interesting post so far! Congratulations on making your destination. What a journey when you sum it up. All good wishes for raising the money for charity – and we were lucky to meet you on your way.
Roger and Caroline
thanks Caroline. We are following you face book with great interest!
thanks for that. Glad you are following the blog- Adrian & Nuala
Adrian & Nuala,
Congratulations on reaching Berlin. I noticed that you plan to take a break in Ireland. What’s the plan from there on, after Berlin ?
Edith & Oscar
Hi Edith and Oscar.
We have decided that reluctantly we have to sell the boat at the end of the year. As Berlin and the lakes have many boat similar to ours we plan to put it up for sale here. If it sells we will buy a caravan and work our way back to Ireland to be there next Feb. If the boat does not sell we will work our way back to France and continue to try to sell it. Next Year back to work I think