Building works, blisters, and beer.
Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
18Trip End Aug 23, 2013
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The history of WWII and the following Russian occupation of East Berlin definitely dominated our time here, visiting museums and memorials. It is amazing the impact that the war has had, it is still very fresh in people's lives and minds. It is within our lifetimes that the Berlin Wall has come down - somewhat of a reality check!
On the evening we arrived we did a bike tour for 4 and a half hours
The next day we did a big museum orientated day. We visited the famous Pergamon museum first and saw some huge sculptures and parts of buildings from biblical times and before. There was one large facade that had been ordered to be built by King Nebukenezah (spelling wrong!) quite amazing to see things from that long ago in such great condition. We saw the Holocaust Memorial and Museum that afternoon, it was a hugely sobering experience. They had extracts of diaries and letter written by both adults and children as they were taken to concentration camps. One that stuck with me was written by an eleven year old child to her father
Our second full day was nice and quiet and gave us a chance to soak up a bit more of the atmosphere of the city. It was also a nice chance to not do so much walking as our feet were getting quite sore! Tom is now an expert blister-fixer and always has a packet of plasters close to hand. We visited the Gallery Lafayette in the morning and had fun wandering around some rather expernsive looking shops! We then found a lovely little bistro by the side of the canal and sat there for about four hours reading our books in the sun sampling some of the local wine and beer!
Today we have travelled to Leipzig and have just had time to have a quick look around the city (where Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Wagner all lived!) this place has a wonderful vibe and we are excited about looking around more tomorrow! Watch out for the Leipzig blog update in a few days!
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