Jeff Summers http://www.jeffsummers.ca All About Jeff Summers Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:44:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 67893670 A Trip To Berlin http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/11/a-trip-to-berlin/ Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:05:51 +0000 http://www.jeffsummers.ca/?p=136 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Just got back from a quick weekend trip to Berlin. Berlin is a city of 3.5 million people and was once famously divided by the Berlin...

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Just got back from a quick weekend trip to Berlin. Berlin is a city of 3.5 million people and was once famously divided by the Berlin Wall.

It is quite amazing to visit a city that, in many ways, has re-invented itself in the last 25 years. Since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the city has had the opportunity to reunify, but also to rebuild. With the East lagging behind in freedoms, but also construction, there were many opportunities for Berlin to flourish as of late. And even despite the great divide, it is very easy to use transit throughout Berlin to get to where you need.  Renting a car really isn’t necessary as the city is close to the airport, and also the main city sights are very well connected by train, subway and bus. 

Throughout Berlin you will still see parts of the Berlin Wall.  Some are in museums while others are in office buildings and other pieces are just throughout the city. Thankfully, there is actually a brick path where the wall once stood so you can see how much the city has developed, but also where the city was torn apart.

Checkpoint Charlie, the famous checkpoint in central Berlin, is now just a rebuilt tourist building in the middle of the city (where it originally stood). To see the original checkpoint you have to go into one of the museums. That being said, it was somewhat fitting to see a sign saying you are leaving the US Sector, at the checkpoint, and see a McDonalds right there.

There is no shortage of things to do in Berlin. Most have to do with its history, either in WW2, the Berlin Wall or how the city has developed. That being said, one of the most shocking sights was the concentration camp Sanshenhausen. It is outside of Berlin, but it is connected by subway and a bus, or you can walk about 20 minutes from the subway. So it is about one hour out of the downtown area.   It was surprising to actually see one of these concentration camps.  You don’t realize until you see one, just the size of them. These were huge camps to hold thousands of people who had lost all their rights and freedoms just because of their religion. People could only go to the bathrooms at certain times of day and could always see freedom over the walls, but never able to get to that freedom. Perhaps even more surprising was that these camps also had a separate prison within them for people who misbehaved or were were enemies of the nazis. While at the camp you also learn all the various, and sad ways, that the Nazis had found to kills people. Although shower/gas chambers are the famous ways, it was not unheard of for people to be killed in bunkers by being shot from above, or taken out in cars that were pumped fully of Carbon Dixoide. While many of this will never experience a fear and life like this, it reminds us all to remember these mistakes and think about those living in areas of Civil War.

Berlin is now a world class city with no shortage of things to do for everyone and an active night life.  If you get a chance to visit Berlin you must

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In the Middle of the Sea http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/09/in-the-middle-of-the-sea/ Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:12:36 +0000 http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/09/in-the-middle-of-the-sea/ Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn We found a great adventure that is one for the bucket lists. It is staying on a historic Fort, in the middle of the Ocean.  It...

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We found a great adventure that is one for the bucket lists. It is staying on a historic Fort, in the middle of the Ocean.  It is called No Mans Fort and is a historic Fort, one of three, off the coast of Portsmouth. Portsmouth is a world renowned shipyard city and thus had a large navy port. So, to protect this area, these forts were built. 

Originally built in the late 1800s, over 15 years, No Mans Fort was a Fort in the middle of the ocean to stop France from invading the UK. Then, after many years of non use (between 1920 and 1935) during World World Tour it was used again to help protect the UK. Oddly enough though, the forts have never really shot a gun or done anything in terms of actual warfare. Potentially the thought of them was enough to stop enemies from ever invading this area. 

Now they have been converted to a luxury hotel that takes up to 50 people a night. The food has been delicious and there have been many drinks to be had. A great stay. 

 

Approaching the Fort

The Central Lobby and Lounge
  
One of the many fun signs

 

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Quick Trip to Budapest http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/09/quick-trip-to-budapest/ Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:53:35 +0000 http://www.jeffsummers.ca/?p=127 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn We recently got back from a quick trip to Budapest.  It was an amazing city to visit.  See what we did.

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We recently got back from a quick trip to Budapest.  It was an amazing city to visit.  See what we did.

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Back to Vancouver for a few days http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/08/back-to-vancouver-for-a-few-days/ Tue, 04 Aug 2015 06:22:14 +0000 http://www.jeffsummers.ca/?p=124 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn I am heading to the airport right now for a few days back in Vancouver. Will be great to see Vancouver again in the summer, but...

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I am heading to the airport right now for a few days back in Vancouver. Will be great to see Vancouver again in the summer, but also friends and family.

Hopefully many great adventures ahead. 

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Day Trip to Brussels http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/08/day-trip-to-brussels/ Sun, 02 Aug 2015 06:15:17 +0000 http://www.jeffsummers.ca/?p=122 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn just did a quick one day to Brussels. Figured since it was on the Eurostar route it would be quick and fun to see.  Overall the...

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just did a quick one day to Brussels. Figured since it was on the Eurostar route it would be quick and fun to see. 

Overall the city has a ton of fresh bakeries. Nothing like having a fresh waffle or pastry on the streets. In terms of the city itself it had a beautiful, classic old area with amazing buildings. Also being the site of Expo 58 they have some exhibits from that. That being said they seemed dated, like the Atominim, so I wouldn’t recommend it. 

I also went to Mini Europe which was quite interesting. It is basically key buildings in Europeans history, and from every European country, in 1:25 size. Very interesting. 

  

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Off In Cornwall http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/07/off-in-cornwall/ Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:49:43 +0000 http://www.jeffsummers.ca/?p=117 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn We are taking a much deserved one week break in Cornwall. It is very naturally beautiful with every drive involving passing a farm where delicious ice...

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We are taking a much deserved one week break in Cornwall. It is very naturally beautiful with every drive involving passing a farm where delicious ice cream, milk and more is produced. The villages here also very memorable. They are all small, often lack any recognizable brand, and most don’t even have bank machines. However they are homey, adorable and offer amazing food, including fresh seafood caught that day. Anyone who has the chance should visit Conwall!

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The Barcelona Experience http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/05/the-barcelona-experience/ Mon, 25 May 2015 20:14:33 +0000 http://www.jeffsummers.ca/?p=112 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn We just We just came back from Barcelona, Spain. It was a fun experience, like all of our trips. The highlights of this trip had to...

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We just We just came back from Barcelona, Spain. It was a fun experience, like all of our trips. The highlights of this trip had to be:

  • The Sun
  • The Beach
  • The Chair on the Beach in the Sun

While there were many interesting buildings to see in Barcelona, it was definitely a trip that was about relaxation and chilling out. The food was also delicious – especially all the tapas!

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Barcelona and Amsterdam http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/05/barcelona-and-amsterdam/ Tue, 19 May 2015 09:24:25 +0000 http://www.jeffsummers.ca/?p=108 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn It has been a busy month. Anna and I have already visited Amsterdam earlier this month and have Barcelona to look forward to this weekend. Amsterdam...

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It has been a busy month. Anna and I have already visited Amsterdam earlier this month and have Barcelona to look forward to this weekend. Amsterdam is commonly referred to as Venice of the North and we could see why. There were many canals throughout the city.  Of course we took a canal tour and got to float along on these beautiful canals. 

Now we have Barcelona coming up so that we can get some beautiful sunshine!

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Photography Class http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/04/photography-class/ Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:16:51 +0000 http://www.jeffsummers.ca/?p=106 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn My lovely wife, Anna, got me a weekend photography class in London. Just about to go in and experience it. Hopefully it further improves my photography...

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My lovely wife, Anna, got me a weekend photography class in London. Just about to go in and experience it. Hopefully it further improves my photography skills. 

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Back in London http://www.jeffsummers.ca/2015/02/back-london/ Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:23:02 +0000 http://www.jeffsummers.ca/?p=104 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn After nearly two great months back in British Columbia, it is time to fly back to London, UK.  We have a new home in Wapping that...

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After nearly two great months back in British Columbia, it is time to fly back to London, UK.  We have a new home in Wapping that I will be going home to so that will be a nice change of scene!

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