Our day was so full. It started with a general tour of parts of the city. We learned that since Berlin was divided into four sections--British, U.S., French and Soviet--it never had one main center, so it is hard to see it all from one area. Due to this division, we couldn't see much in our short time there, although what we saw was overwhelming.
We started off seeing the embassies, museum district, holocaust memorial and museum, the Russian memorial, the bridges over the Spree river, churches, the East German Tower (taller than anything in Europe at the time including the Eiffel Tower). And this tower is called the Pope's revenge because when the sun shines on it, it creates a cross, just the opposite of what Hitler and his Nazi's would have wanted.
In the afternoon, we saw checkpoint Charlie, visited the museum that showed all of the historic escapes and attempts including artifacts, such as the cars, kayaks, and suitcases used to hide, and the wall. We saw the two most famous paintings on the wall: The Kiss (Brezhnev and Honecker), subtitled My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love, and a painting of a car bursting through the wall.
After the tour and our own wanderings, Tom and I had had enough of the war so we went to an art museum featuring Salvador Dali's work, which was fabulous. (No pictures allowed)
We we were exhausted by six p.m. after a short walk in the Teirgarten park. One regret: we weren't able to climb the spiral inside the parliament building. I guess you need tickets way in advance.
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