First Stop - Berlin
Trip Start Dec 07, 2005
3Trip End Dec 18, 2005
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So, here I am just an hour and half away from Berlin so naturally, I booked to fly into Berlin, stay two nights before going off to Leipzig. I arrived early in Berlin so was quite jet lagged but still determined to see the sights.
First stop - Checkpoint Charlie .It was for me - nothing as I couldn't relate to the east - west Germany and all I saw is a place for people to put flowers
Next was Bandeburg Tor and the Reichstag. The walk up the huge glass cupola roof top of the Parliament is beautiful example of old and new architecture. Whilst I can imagine how beautiful it can be in the summer, the draught inside the building was freezing and I ended up running down to take a cab to somewhere warmer like Portsdam where there were plenty of people and a good old gluhwein to warm the body. The Christmas markets were all over the streets and it was beautiful to enjoy watching people, snowboarding, ice-skating in a nice warm tent next to a hot fire drinking gluhwein. If there is a takeout on Berlin - it would be two - one of the dome of the Reichstag and second the drinking gluhwein in a nice warm tent . It was a fight for the fire but they saw a shivering Malaysian who is not used to the cold and gave me space to warm my hands. Ich liebe Berliner...