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  • Day45

    Berlin Wall

    July 21, 2017 in Germany

    We visited the Berlin Wall (Beliner Mauer) East Side Gallery and several memorials today. I have no words - they can't change the past unfortunately! However the construction, rebuilding, and reproduction of old buildings that is going on now in Berlin is incredible. I would like to see Berlin again in 5 to 10 years! Everywhere we went there were construction sites of some description.Read more

  • Day43

    Berlin - Potsdam

    July 19, 2017 in Germany

    Although Alan and I have been to Potsdam before it was lovely to visit it again. Potsdam is the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. It directly borders Berlin and is part of the Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region. It is situated on the River Havel, 24 kms southwest of Berlin's city centre. Got to see a lot more of Potsdam this time. Schloss Sanssouci, Frederick the Great's famous summer palace, and its beautifully designed gardens, the Dutch Quarter where we had lunch, another Brandenburg Gate, the Catholic Church of St Peter and Paul and other magnificent buildings. A lovely place to include in a trip to Berlin. On our return journey we "checked out" Checkpoint Charlie! A hot day at 29 degrees but a good day.Read more

  • Day31

    Hello from Berlin, Germany

    July 18, 2017 in Germany

    Said goodbye to Copenhagen to fly to Germany. Staying in Berlin for 4 nights. Late afternoon when we arrived so had dinner and a walk around to the Brandenburg Gate which was in East Berlin before the wall between East and West came down in 1989. Parts of the wall can still be seen. Weather is much warmer here.Read more

  • Day44

    Berlin

    July 20, 2017 in Germany

    Had a productive day today. Caught five trains before 10:30am to buy bus tickets to Dresden and to buy Hop on Hop off tickets. We are starting to feel like locals...except when we are sitting on a train and, after a very loud and urgent-sounding message in German, everyone else starts rushing from our train to another! Then we feel very foreign and helpless. That happened yesterday. Fortunately we were helped by a nice young man.
    Back to today - the hop on hop off covered most of the well known landmarks, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church which was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943 and not rebuilt as a reminder of World War II, the Reichstag building, Gendarmenmarkt, Potsdamer Platz, Alexanderplatz, Museumsinsel and many more. We also did a boat tour on the River Spree - also a good way to see all these beautiful buildings and learn more about Berlin. We finished the day with a visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The memorial consists of a Field of Stelae covering an area of 19,000 square metres and containing 2711 concrete blocks plus an Information Centre. The exhibition about the persecution and extermination of the European Jews attracts nearly half a million visitors per year. There was a huge waiting line today so we didn't get to see the exhibition. Tomorrow we visit the wall memorial and the remaining part of the Berlin Wall.
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  • Day33

    The Jewish Memorial in Berlin is made up of nearly 3,000 concrete blocks representing the coffins/tombs of the Jewish people killed during the war. It's very difficult to capture the enormity of the memorial in a photo.

  • Day39

    German Historical Museum

    September 8 in Germany

    Strolled down the Unter de Linden, as one does, looking for the German Historical Museum.
    Finally found this place by standing out the front and wondering where it was. By way I’d excuse it is covered in scaffolding.
    Fantastic place, one of the best laid out and comprehensive we’ve ever seen. And you will all admit that we do a LOT of museums.

    Just as importantly it has a very good cafe and excellent toilets. Two attributes that are assuming greater and greater importance as time moves on.

    Had a fantastic extension out the back (More latter) by I.E. Pei, he of the Louvre pyramid. The man has museums sown up.

    Went to a special exhibition called “Saving- History of A German Virtue”.

    We are able to hear the laugher from here but it was very good and thought provoking. Saving vs investment. Think on this a bit. You know who you are.
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  • Day39

    Humbolt University

    September 8 in Germany

    A seat of higher learning.
    And at the time more importantly a toilet seat.

    There was also a “Creative Bureaucracy Festival” on that day so how could you not go in?
    Merchandising for this was a bit thin but we looked. Not much creativity on that side at all.

  • Day41

    Dom Cathedral Berlin

    September 10 in Germany

    What do you give the King and Queen for their 25th Wedding Anniversary?
    I know a Cathedral.

    That’s what the German State did in 1905 when they opened the Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church (German: Oberpfarr- und Domkirche zu Berlin) in Berlin was finished.
    The Evangelicals are the collection of Calvanists and Lutherans in Germany and it’s not a Cathedral as it doesn’t have a Bishop.

    It’s all a bit complicated as there’s been a church here since the 15th century and this one survived both the Allied bombing and the communists although both took their toll. They can call it whatever they want.

    So we had to go and arrived just as a 15mins midday service was starting. They lock the doors so you are staying and although it wasn’t entirely clear on the content the organ is amazing. So’s the church for that matter.

    The climb/ascent to the dome walk is a little challenging (400 steps or so) but the view amazing.

    Many started, few got to the second stage let alone the third.

    The sign in the way actually says “The way up is physically demanding “.

    Have decided some people can’t read.
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  • Day39

    Brandenburg Gate

    September 8 in Germany

    Despite Bernadette doing a very good imitation of a coma we eventually did wake up and get about for the day.

    First a quick look at what Berlin had to offer in regards to coffee with a little whole in the wall coffee and pastry shop next door.
    Had its own residence wasps in the display cases. We figure everyone has just given up and let them be.
    Trialled a capuchinno and a latte. Well maybe not the latte in the future. At least here you don’t get a bucket of milk to go with the coffee.

    Two tradies out the front had the German equivalent of a bacon and egg roll. Two boiled wurst (sausage), an unbuttered roll and mustard. It was 9:15 after all.

    Off to the Brandenburg Gate by U-Bahn (metro).

    Every other tour bus in Europe had drop off their passengers there so the platz was packed as they say in Germany.
    The good thing 15mins later they are all gone. It’s a bit like watching snow melt on a hot footpath.

    It’s very impressive and like a lot of things impossible to photograph although Mark did try in vain.
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  • Day41

    Retracing some Steps.

    September 10 in Germany

    Back to the Brandenburg Gate because we forgot to see the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
    You should google it as any photos that we might take are insufficient to convey the size and feel.
    It consists of x concrete stelae of different heights arranged in rows and rows and rows.
    The museum was closed. Monday is museum rest day all over Berlin.

    Designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000-square-metre (200,000 sq ft) [2][3] site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 2.38 metres (7 ft 10 in) long, 0.95 metres (3 ft 1 in) wide and vary in height from 0.2 to 4.7 metres (7.9 in to 15 ft 5.0 in).[2] They are organized in rows, 54 of them going north–south, and 87 heading east–west at right angles but set slightly askew.[4][5] An attached underground "Place of Information" (German: Ort der Information) holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem.[6] Wikipedia
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