Berlin 23 May, 2014

This was Janet’s Birthday, but we didn’t have too much time to celebrate. We had things to see. This was also our last full day in Berlin, so we were off to see the sights. Mark led us to the subway and around the city. Our first stop was to the Charlottenburg Palace.

Charlottenburg Palace
Charlottenburg Palace

When we lived there we visited this area often. The Palace is very well taken care of and a beautiful place, outside, inside and in the gardens. That day we spent outside and in the gardens. Mark and Liz were more ambitious and wanted to walk well into the gardens, so Janet and I stayed in a shaded, grassy area with Claire while her parents explored.

Claire and her Grandma
Claire and her Grandma

We took the subway again to the area around the Zoo and Kurfurstendamm. We didn’t have the time nor the desire to go into the zoo, but we spent some time in the area of the Gedaechtniskirche.

2014-05-23 02.50.05This was a church bombed during the war, but left as a reminder of the ruins of war. It was being repaired, but not to rebuild it, but to keep it from falling down.  There was a fountain and a bunch of kids right nearby and we sat there and watched the kids play in the fountain.2014-05-23 02.50.36

We took the subway to the Brandenburg Gate area next. We walked by the Russian War Memorial and found a bench to sit on while Mark and Liz went searching for a ‘binky’ for Claire. She had lost hers and is a much happier camper with a plug in her mouth. We walked by the Reichstag, which is the current Capitol building for the country.

Reichstag
Reichstag

While in the area we walked by the Russian War Memorial 2014-05-23 04.26.572014-05-23 04.27.24and were again at the Brandenburg Gate.2014-05-23 05.28.30 2014-05-23 05.29.13

Janet and Liz wanted to go to the Dahlem Museum. I wasn’t as excited as they were. We got there late in the afternoon and it was near closing time. They decided not to go in as it was fairly expensive. We were near our old stomping grounds. The Dahlem Dorf subway station was popular to our kids, as you might guess from the photos.2014-05-23 07.06.47It was also very close to our church that we attended for three years.

We walked to the church, with Mark leading the way. I felt sure we were going the wrong way, and we may have been but we go to the destination. It was fun seeing the old church, where I had served as Bishop for the Servicemen Ward.2014-05-23 07.43.23 While we were near the church, our phones started beeping, indicating that new data had been received. We found it was much harder to get internet in Berlin than the other places we have visited. We found out that the churches throughout the world must have the same wifi logon as we all received into.

We took a bus and then a subway to another section of the city. We had Janet’s birthday dinner that wasn’t quite up to my standards, and mine aren’t that high. Our final stop for the day was the Ritter Sport Chocolate store.2014-05-23 10.23.47 It was a fun visit and we bought a lot of stuff. If you have an hour, they will make a chocolate to your request. Add ingredients to your specification. We didn’t have the time, but we had a blast.

We went back to our apartment for the night. Mark and Liz had to pack up as they were leaving early the next morning.

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