Weekend in Berlin

Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Berlin. There are hardly words to describe the feelings I walked away with after spending the weekend there but I will try. Amazing. Beautiful. Overwhelming. Cold.
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.

Beautiful because it was crisp and all lit up with Christmas spirit. The lights stringing across the city markets and the trees all brightly lit was so fun to see.
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.

Even more so when we went to the Potsdamer Platz Bahnhof station and they have actual pieces of the wall displayed on the former wall line. As I stood reading the history and bit of writing about the wall, I felt tears spring to my eyes. I have no German relatives and I am not connected to German history but the feelings that those walls pieces represented where amazing. Sadness. Anger. Hope. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be on one side of the wall while maybe your friend or family member was on the other side. Not being allowed to see them or speak to them. The sadness that must have surrounded this wall and also the anger and likely the fear as well is something very hard to comprehend. I could not believe I reacted the way I did. I can be fairly sensitive but it really struck me more than I thought it would.

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.

Last thoughts on Berlin, we will definitely be returning (when it’s a bit warmer) and I wish we could live there for a bit. There was so much history and so much I didn’t get to see.
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.

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