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... entirely. They have taken the right steps to try and identify that balance.
** Side Note: The pictures are just from walking around Nuremberg (not
from Berlin - although I'm technically posting this from Berlin). Sorry they're so dark and gloomy - it was raining that day.. They really aren't of any significance to this post in term of content, but I realized that I had never shared any pictures of the Old Town of Nuremberg, so here they are!
... to Berlin was strictly controlled. Crossing from West to East Germany required visas, and thorough checks and searches at the border itself. Then the doughty traveller had to make the journey through East Germany to West Berlin in a given time to stop the westerner going off the beaten track. I expect the highway was crawling with Stasi cars, keeping an eye on those conspicuous western cars. Any deviation off the motorway, and I imagine that you would be rapidly arrested for ...
... would appear as real life landmarks.
Truth be told, we really didn’t know much about Berlin. I think our eagerness to visit here was due to listening to other people be excited about it and jumping head first into pack mentality. My impressions were based on our friends in London describing it as an up-and-coming hotspot for coolness, and the German people we met along the way explaining that following the destruction of the wall, ...
We headed on to the southern suberbs of Berlin to a little village called Mahlow. Stayed for a few days at a pretty campsite with a lovely and friendly owner and particularly enjoyed the heated floor in the bathroom, a real treat on our chilly feet up here in Northern Germany!
Headed into Berlin city for a day armed with the tips gratefully received from Loui & Ben and had ourselves a great day taking in the sights and tastes of this big ...
... in our hotel room.
Transport in Berlin is efficient but in such a big city one has to have their wits about them. Being fit and able to walk good distances is also an advantage as you see and experience so much more.
Where Berlin is clean it is very very clean and where it is shabby it is tidy but lacking lustre. You are hard pressed to find litter anywhere but there is no shortage of ...