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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Europe Trip! Day 3: Berlin

On day 3 of our trip, we went to visit Berlin. The central train station there was huge! Being that we are from Canada, train stations and riding on trains for travelling between cities is quite a novelty for us.
 
 
 
Near Alexanderplatz

 
 
Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) I had a pretty good laugh when we were going into the Cathedral. A man who worked there was telling my husband-ish person to take off his hat in German and pointing to his head and he had no idea what the gentleman was talking about and he was getting all flustered. HELLO, we're in a church, take off your hat, figure it out! 
 

 
Inside. It was hard to get good pictures as flash was not allowed. We got to see the crypts and go up to the balcony to look out over the city.

 
Neue Wache war memorial

 
Sightseeing in Berlin is a very sobering experience. It allows a person to reflect on some of the terrible things that happened in human history. A particularly powerful place that we visited was the Holocaust memorial. Many people there were openly weeping.

 
Map of East and West Germany

 
Checkpoint Charlie sign

 
There were different pieces of the Berlin Wall with art on them throughout the city.


Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial grounds.

 
When the sun shines through this part of the memorial, you can see photographs of people who lost their lives at the wall. We were there after it rained hard for a few minutes right before the sun came out and there was nobody else in the area. It was almost a bit eerie.
 
 
We accidentally stumbled upon the Jüdischer Friedhof (Jewish Cemetery) on Schönhauser Allee. It was not on our list of things to see but we were glad we found it on our way.
 
 
While most of our sightseeing in Berlin had rather sad undertones, we also did a couple of fun things. We went to the Bugatti showroom to see the Veyron (the other half is a bit of a car nut!)
 
 
I had to go visit Xtra-X to shop for some clothes! I found a cute PVC pencil skirt.
 
Do you like my sexy runners? I decided not to be an idiot for once and bring sensible shoes for my travels. I was VERY glad that I did, we walked around Berlin for probably 9 or 10 hours that day!!

We saw so many things in Berlin (too many photos to post!!) but we missed so many things as well as we were there for only one day. Thank you to Sadgoth.com (do NOT visit this site, it appears to have malware on it at the moment!!! If this is rectified by the site owner I will post a link.) for providing the walking tour of Berlin that we used. If you ever have the opportunity to see Berlin, I would highly recommend it. I will definitely be going back.

6 comments:

  1. This is awesome! A lot of the old places to visit in Europe are really sobering. I felt the same mix of awe-gravity when I visited Notre Dame in Paris. I really want to visit Berlin day - I love walking around. I'm always torn, too - want to wear cute shoes and not look like a duddly tourist, but at the same time, I really want to be comfortable because I want to be out and about the whole time! I think you look pretty glam still ;)

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  3. I love your travel posts! I was in Berlin last summer (my third time) and the city never ceases to amaze me. I also went to Mera Luna ages ago, it's a great festival :)

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  4. Berlin is a wonderful city, actually one of my favourites in the whole world! It is rather international and mixed culture which is much better than Munich which feels like a small town dressed up as a big city...

    In Europe we are surrounded by a lot of history most of the time. We tend to forget how much history we have compared to the US or Canada. Maybe we value it less because of this constant availability?

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  5. I would love to visit Germany one day. It looks amazing!

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