We spent all day looking around Berlin, me hobbling around after my foot went numb up to the knee the night before. I woke up in the morning with my foot swelled up pretty bad, but I was determined to not let it stop me! Of course, now that I'm in a walking cast trying to chase after first graders, I wish that I has taken it easy, but come ON! I couldn't sit on my butt during the trip of a lifetime!!
We started off going to see Checkpoint Charlie, the most well-known checkpoint between East and West Berlin when Germany was divided. The Checkpoint Charlie museum was very interesting, I would highly recommend going here to read about how the museum got stared by a group of very committed people. It was fascinating to see exhibitions about the creative (and sometimes life-threatening) methods people came up with to sneak across the border into West Berlin. A few of those stories can be read here.
It was very deceptive – it does not seem that big from the outside, but when I got to the middle of it, the weight of all that tall cement hung on my heart.
We visited the Brandenburg Gate:
I'm in there somewhere.....
One of the last things we did that day was visit Museum Island, a collection of archaeological museums that is still being rebuilt after losing over 70% in the second World War.
A person could have easily spent an entire day or more visiting all the musems, but since time was limited we only went to the Pergamom, which holds three distinct collections: Classical Antiquities, Ancient Near East, and Islamic Art. Mike grabbed the camera and took a LOT of pictures, unfortunately he didn't record what everything was. Here are the pictures of things I can identify:
I enjoyed Berlin, but it reminded me of pretty much any big city in America....large and crowded! The kind of place I like to visit but would NOT want to live!!