Brautwerst and Beer in Berlin
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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After chucking in our backpacks we went on the hunt for breakfast as we were starving (more on our food predicament in a later installment). We soon found a place that did amazing sandwiches and coffee. Bellies now satisfied, we went and explored the city. We headed straight to the Brandenburg gate. It was quite surreal standing in front of this iconic place. Even though i was only 14 at the time, i still remember the images on t.v. of the East & West Berliners finally coming back together after the fall of the wall. It was one of the first "where were you moments" of my life. The others being Diana's death and September 11th. (I refuse to say 9/11)!
Anyhow we loitered around there for a while and then we decided to check out the Reistag
We briefly walked through the Tiergarten (Berlin's massive park) as we were looking for the holocaust memorial. We came across it and were very disappointed with it, not knowing that we were at the wrong place and we had already seen the memorial 30 mins earlier which we liked! We would make great guide book writers. (hmmm)
As my lovely lady will mention Saturday night, i will write about our daytime activities. We took a walk along the River Spree (where the term shopping spree comes from. Thanks Marcus)! and then headed to the East Side Gallery which is the last remaining segment of the original Berlin wall. Like the day before it was very moving to be in front of something that played such a big part in world history. it's called the gallery because the wall is now covered with murals painted by different artists. Even though we were tired and it was getting late we headed to a place called Treptower Park on the recommendation of a friend ( cheers Leo, you were right, it was well worth it). It is in the far east of the city and first off it is a lovely park. The main reason for going though was to see this amazing Soviet monument to 2,000 fallen soldiers during the second world war. The sheer scale of the place was awe inspiring.
And so the second leg of our journey is complete. We are at the station in Berlin waiting for our train to Russia feeling in awe of the historical places we've seen. Whilst Paul has captured the visit beautifully I have to say he has glossed over our incident with the Jewish memorial. He hasn't mentioned how scornful we were to see weeds growing on the rocks we mistook for
the memorial or the funny pictures we took on the actual thing, thinking it was a modern art installation. Imagine our horror when we saw a picture of the memorial later on in the day and realised how inappropriately we'd behaved. Oops.
On our last morning we woke up early to beat the queues at the Pergamon museum - a brilliant strategy if I can say so myself. If you only visit one museum in Berlin, let this be it. With an audio guide in tow we could really appreciate the 2000 year old statues depicting the fight between the Greek gods and the giants. The guide explained that the statue with the shield
represented Athena and her serpent wrapped around the giant meant that death was inevitable for him
I have to say that whilst Berlin is not as pretty as Paris it's got the best nightlife I've ever come across. When we got here I told Paul I really wished we found a non-touristy underground bar with live music. The kind of bar other people tell stories about... On our last night in Berlin we walked for miles to get to a restaurant recommended by our guide book. We arrived there with an empty belly and a sense of anticipation. Alas our excitement was short lived as we had barely made it through the door when the owner/chef/barman shooed us off uttering something in German. I promise it wasn't our appearance as we had scrubbed up nicely for our night out. Anyways, dejected and still hungry we roamed the streets of Berlin looking for something authentic
On our last day we managed to trek down the Bratwurst guys who walk around with a grill attached to their hips and cook sausages on the go. There's a pic of Paul next to one guy about to purchase our cheapest lunch of the trip! Only in ze Chermany....
Until next time
Paul & Karen