September 1, 2013
Today is Sunday; we arrived in Berlin on Friday. It was a 45-minute drive from Potsdam. Initial impressions have been favorable. It is a city of about 3.5 million. It is modern, with tall buildings and wide streets. There are lots of shops and the people on the street seem more prosperous than some other places we have visited. Unlike, some cities, Berlin offered many hotels in our price range. We chose the Regent because of its location in the “mitte” of Berlin so we can walk everywhere because Berlin is really spread out compared to other European cities. On Saturday we walked 4 hours! We saw the Dom, which is an evangelical Lutheran cathedral. It was damaged by a firebomb in WW II, but has been rebuilt. We visited the Brandenburg Gate, a well-known city landmark that was formerly a gate to the city, but was isolated and hard to visit until the Wall was demolished in 1989. We also visited a revived area of the city known as Potsdamer Plaza, which has skyscrapers, multinational corporations and luxury hotels. On our walk back to the hotel, we saw Checkpoint Charlie, a Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Germany during the Cold War and which has also seen its share of real life and Hollywood spy exchanges. Last night, we went out to eat at Borchardt’s, it specializes in wiener schnitzel. Rita was shocked when they brought her one and it covered the entire plate!
Norm and Rita
Berlin, Germany, great city to walk and take in the sights.