August 30 – September 1, 2015: Berlin, Germany
Berlin is our kind of place. It has the energy of a newborn capital but it has hundreds of years of history. History is what I’m after. We started our experience with Sandman’s free walking tour, because who doesn’t love free, and who likes to wander around aimlessly with zero clue to what they’re seeing? Not me.
We visited the East Side Gallery, the most famous part of the Berlin Wall, the night before. Some of the art has been taken hostage by graffiti; others are left more or less alone.
The next day we met up with our English guide, a transplant from Scotland who visited Berlin seven times before finally making the move to the city. She first took us to Hotel Adlon, where Michael Jackson reminded everyone how unstable he actually was.
East Side Gallery
Walking tour of Berlin
Jewish Holocaust Memorial
Hitler’s Bunker (now a parking lot)
Straddled former Berlin Wall