The rest of the time was spent rather casually. We did some talking and some silence too. We skipped almost every Top Ten Things To Do In Berlin - after all, we were decompressing. Pictures of decompressing aren't all that wonderful, so I'll show you some sights we enjoyed while decompressing :)
The Berlin Wall is gone - hopefully that's not a surprise to anyone. We did see an historical remnant that is preserved. I gotta be honest - this was really cool to me.
I vividly remember November 9, 1989 when the wall fell. I was in high school and it was a big deal. I remember sitting around talking about it in most of my classes - forgoing the regularly scheduled school work. I think it's the first time I consciously watched TV news.
OK - so the wall no longer stands, but around the city there is this cobblestone line that marks where the wall stood.
And very near here is Brandenburger Tor. I've watched enough
Hitler History Channel to know the significance of this place and was excited to see it in person.
We also went to the Reichstag. It was really decimated during the war, but has been rebuilt with an amazing modern day glass dome. We stood in line (for a hour or two) to walk up to the top. It was fantastic!
|Dem Deutschen Volke = To the German People|
It was cold up there. The view was incredible - especially since it was at sunset. They also had a wonderful picture history of the building. They were very proud of the fact that Hitler never stepped foot in it. It caught on fire in 1933 before his rise to rule.
Had a lovely relaxing time with a little bit of site seeing thrown in.
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down :)