Winter driving in Central Europe is not for the easily intimidated, as we learned on last year’s post-Christmas holiday to Prague; again for small stretches across the Italian Alps coming and going to Florence in February; and finally during the wintry slog across Slovenia on our failed spring break trip to Croatia, wherein we decided “We Should Have Gone to Berlin.” 
For this holiday we took our own advice and headed to Berlin. To our great happiness, the skies were blue and the sun shone for nearly the entire drive, affording us unobscured views of castle ruins sprinkled across the Czech Republic. I did not have my handy-dandy field guide to Czech castle ruins in the car, so all I can report is that this ruin sits somewhere between Lovosice, CZ and the German border. 
For the week this Clayton Theodore-approved apartment in the Charlottenburg neighborhood of Berlin will be home. He could almost be an IKEA showroom canine model, couldn’t he?

Exploring the Berliner Weihnachtmarkt near the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche was the only activity of note for our first day…

 (Flames danced into the sky from the Weihnachtsterrasse every time someone ordered a Glühwein.)

 If you’re not in the mood for the “1/2 Meter Bratwurst”

The Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche in the background, just barely illuminated by all the lights along the Kurfurstendamm.

Gute Nacht, Berlin!