Travel Blogs from Berlin
... first. On our tour, we were taken to the Memorial for Murdered Jews of Europe. While standing outside the memorial, listening to our guide explain the artist's choice of design for the memorial, I started to feel tears in my eyes before my brain knew they were coming. I've been to many Holocaust museums and memorials before as well as seen remnants of ghettos in other parts of Europe, all of which were difficult and made me emotional. But there is something different ...
... but unfortunately never got around to it.
At this point, we were totally exhausted from all the walking so we caught the u-bahn back to the Circus. Time for a relaxing glass of wine before dinner. We ate at Sophieneck, a traditional pub not too far from the hotel. We all enjoyed our meals here, I had gammon steaks with vegetables, delicious, as we can’t get gammon steaks in Australia, but I had them often as a child growing up in the ...
... was renovated in 2002. Redevelopment The square was known to be one of the least attractive from an architectural point of view, so the city of Berlin commissioned an architectural competition which was won by Hans Kohlhoff (also one of the architects of the modern Potsdamer Platz). The plan resulted in a complete redevelopment of the square, as well as the renovation and reconstruction of surrounding buildings. One of the masterpieces of the area known as Museum Island, ...
... was telling us all about Frederick the Great. I could hear music and wherever I walked it seemed to be following me. Finally realised it was coming from my rucksack. My ipod, which had been turned off all week, had turned itself on, found the music and started playing. And the song... If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher. Spooky!!!
We then went into Potsdam where we had free time for lunch. A bit of a shock to the system to have to find ...
I started the day with another Russian lesson, this time at Alexander Platz. An extremely touristy area. T-shirt stalls and sausage stands galore. And the accompanying higher prices that you find in such areas. If I compare what I paid at Alexander Platz with what I've paid at the cheapest pub so far I'd say the difference was triple.
Besides t-shirts and expensive beer you can also find mobile sausage grillers in Alexander ...
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