Berlin 21 May, 2014

 

We slept in until 7 as yesterday was really an active day. (Dale writing) I walked to the store on the corner for breakfast goodies. It was again a rather warm day. We went off with Mark, Liz and Claire on a walking tour. Well, we took the U-Bahn to various places, starting at Checkpoint Charlie. It looked much like it had, but the actual checkpoint had a different trailer – much like the original 60’s version. They had “American” MPs there, but they were Germans in American uniforms, charging people to have photos taken with them. That ticked me off. There were probably many who thought they really were American MPs. The haircuts and the shoes were dead giveaways, not to mention their inability to speak English.SAM_4676

 

Sign at the old Checkpoint
Sign at the old Checkpoint

We walked on to a “Topography of Terror” display which displayed the history of Nazis in Germany.

Wall of Terror
Wall of Terror

It was really hot and sunny, so we took Claire in her stroller and walked to a shady place and waited for Mark and Liz. There was also a museum there and a long stretch of the Berlin wall. We walked on to an old guard tower, and we couldn’t tell if it was in the original place or not since all signs of the old wall have been removed.

East Berlin Tower
East Berlin Tower

We walked on to the Potsdammer Platz and there was a guy with a speaker going on about politics – bottom line, if we don’t go back to the old politics of Germany, we are doomed.

A bit of the wall
A bit of the wall with Mark, Liz and Claire

We walked to the Holocaust Museum. It wasn’t open the last time we were in Berlin ten years ago.

Holacast Memorial
Holocaust Memorial

We were then near the Brandenburg Gate where we walked around a bit.

Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate

We were entertained by an organ grinder. We visited the Museum Island, spending time in the Pergamon, my favorite.SAM_4699

Pergomon
Pergamon
Istar Gate
Istar Gate
Mark and Liz in Pergamon
Mark and Liz in Pergamon

After visiting the Museum, Claire needed a little break, so she got on at the nearest area with grass.

Claire
Claire

We had Doner Kebabs for dinner and Janet enjoyed a vegetarian one.

Berlin Doner
Berlin Doner

We also visited the Nickolai Viertel and saw the Rottes Rathaus and the Berliner Dom.

Berliner Dom
Berliner Dom
Dom
Dom

It was a long ride home on the subway but we were really tired, again.

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