Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Berlin, Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Surprisingly, everyone was in much better form this morning and I was able to walk on my ankle with almost no problem.

It was the coolest day of our whole trip today with a high of 75 degrees.

We made our way to Potsdamer Platz where we looked at some more of the wall and checked out the Sony Centre with its really cool roof. Then John and the boys walked me to the Gemaldegalerie (2,700 European paintings from the 13th-17th century) and left me there…with plans to meet up at Potsdamer Platz clock in two hours.

Seeing the gallery was much more enjoyable without the complaints from the males in my party. Now if only I could lose them for a few hours of uninterrupted shopping…hope reigns eternal.

The gallery was fabulous, not surprisingly my favourites were the Boticcellis (sp?) but there were also some fabulous Rembrants, Ruebens, Frans Hals and more.

When we met up again, we went to the Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It is made up of 2,711 concrete blocks. I’m not normally into these kind of modern/abstract monuments but when you see it, it seems to make a kind of sense. It is fitting.

Underneath the blocks is a very well done, information centre that successfully puts the human side to these horrific events.

From there we walked to the Topography of Terrors exhibition which follows the development of the Socialist SS and Police State (Hitler’s reign). Pretty informative. Hard to believe that something like that could actually happen.

Needing something a little brighter, we grabbed the bahn and went to see Viktoriapark and its pretty waterfall and gothic monument.

We’re home for a short rest and clean-up before we head out for supper and seeing Berlin at night.

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