Amazing is for the architecture of the city. The buildings just blew me away. I love architecture and modern buildings and Berlin is full of them.
Since so much of the city is fairly new, this makes sense. I had a wonderful time exploring with my eyes and seeing the sights.
Overwhelming. Wow, there are so many things that struck me about Berlin. Our hotel room view, the Marriot Courtyard, happened to look down upon the pavers laid in the road marking out the former Berlin wall. So every time I looked out the window I saw those pavers, it struck me what those pavers represented.
We also visited the Brandenburg Gate and the surrounding area. This brings us to COLD. It was windy and cold this weekend, especially when your plans take you primarily outside. The area was beautiful and I loved the government building with its structure and history and across the river the very modern buildings (art gallery or museum, I wasn’t sure what it was). It made a very interesting contrast.
We also walked past a Jewish Holocaust Memorial. What appeared to be tombs (blocks of concrete) laid over the square at different heights. It was amazing to walk into them and see how far over my head they went at the center. It really made you feel claustrophobic. To think about all of the memorials that must be scattered over the country… It’s just very hard to describe.
The trip concluded with a visit to LegoLand (where I was photographed next to a Lego Harry Potter and Hagrid) and the return 5 hour train ride (which was about 3 hours TOO long).
We also went to the tourist hot spot, Hard Rock Cafe, since it’s one of my dad’s favorite places. While waiting for our food, some fairly heavy rock-metal group was blasting our eardrums, and there’s little Chickadee, rocking out in her highchair. The girl needs to improve her musical taste a bit, maybe add a bit more Bach violin.
Please forgive the text size and fonts and also the picture layouts. I am learning the Mac system and my Windows brain is having trouble cooperating.