18.02.2014 - 19.02.2014 9 °C
Now you might be thinking that this is an all beer and skittles trip but we do have our serious moments - so on Tuesday we decided to travel out to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, it was cold, it was bleak and it was pretty much as you would imagine it to be but worth the effort to go. After we had walked around for hours I did mention to the girls that I could go a meat pie and sauce right about now - but all Manda offered me was a gummi bear. We bussed and trained back into Berlin and decided to make Manda's day by taking her to Potsdammer platz which has some amazing architecture. As a reward for doing this she steered us into the Corroboree restaurant, past the fake harbour bridge and the didgeridoos and upstairs to the surfboard table where (you guessed it) I got my Pie and sauce for lunch and it was delicious! Mel tossed up whether to go the Gold Coast salad but in the end settled for a Toowoomba Chilli Burger!
A short train trip home and we dined on a few delicacies that Manda went out and got us a Galleries la Fayette!
We all slept well and today it was museum Island Day. A wonderful first round was the Berlin Cathedral which was the best 4 euros we have spent and included going right up to the outside walk around the dome on top. Seems like between the war damage and a few different Kaisers they have had a couple of goes at building this. It is an interesting city as there are constant reminders of the 2nd world war with pics everywhere and also lots of bullet/bomb damage to these older buildings and yet it is very modern lively city.
The Pergamon Museum is a collection of antiquities from the ancient world, from 2500 BC to quite recent - only 900 years ago! We spent several hours there as they have a huge number of artefacts, then Manda and I declared it quits and went shopping. Mel went on for more and eventually did her own bit of shopping and found an Organ concert in the Catholic church.
We found the Alexa mall at Alexanderplatz and left some of our euros there! Dinner is at home in our Apartment watching the olympics and now the Soccer - Mel will light up a fag so Manda feels at home watching Bayern munich! So we are eating some french pates and cheese, drinking NZ Sauv Blanc (they have those screw top lids) and some yummy breads. Tomorrow its off to Russia!
What did we love about germany? Berlin feels like Paris only friendly, safe, easy to get around, interesting things to see, good food (not all dumplings schnitzels and pork knuckle! We loved our apartment - bang smack in the perfect spot, we loved the weather (our luck continues to hold) we loved how un-crowded it is, we loved the skyline.
Basically we have really enjoyed our German week - has been a blast and now we are off to Russia we are expecting great things (and probably a lot more photos of old stuff)