S: Nyerie and Kristen in Berlin
1: So once again, our journey starts. This time we are at taking a train. Here we are at the station, a little frazzled because we just dragged three huge bags across Munich!
2: Thanks to my worthy travel agent, we managed to get a first class train ticket. That translated into us having the front compartment all to ourselves!
4: Here I am, RELAXING!
6: The best part of the train ride is sight-seeing. Because we were heading to Berlin, we got a view of East Germany. | Not as nice as Munich, the villages we passed were a little rundown. Graffiti was constant, here and in Berlin.
7: The pictures on these pages are of famous Nuremburg. Although many of the towns were in need of some help, the countryside was uniformly beautiful.
8: Can I move in? | I'm not sure what town this was, but it was incredibly beautiful! | There were many towns like this during the trip
9: If you didn't catch it before, the doors were clear in the beginning of the trip! | The whole trip lasted about five hours. We stopped in Leipzig and finally Berlin!
10: Sweet relaxation at the Hotel Intercontinental where we enjoyed an upgrade to a top floor. The bed was very, very comfortable. | The hotel was so fancy they even had a greeting on the tv for me when we got in. I watched plenty of English tv in here just to zone out. It was good break!
11: Bathroom | Closet | Hallway | Living Area We were certainly spoiled here! We unpacked everything and lounged a bit before hitting the city.
12: Even the lighting was fancy!
14: We hopped on the City Bus 200 for the city tour. Along the way, we got plenty of pictures. I enjoyed seeing the differences between the Soviet era architecture with the new German style.
15: Soviet era apartment houses before "Germanification" | Clockwise, Fernsehturm, Brandenburg Gate, Bebelplatz
16: After a long day of sightseeing, we returned to the hotel and did some drinking in the hotel bar. It was full of business-men attending the beverage convention at the hotel. | We enjoyed the Berliner Weisses that Berlin is famous for. They are sour beer flavored with raspberry or waldmeister. Nyerie loved her green beer and the outdoor patio!
17: Another hotel seen from the bus. This day was spent on and off the 100 Line, another city tour bus that took us to a different part of Berlin. | Our hotel from the outside. Nothing too fancy but it was conveniently located next to a Greek restaurant, shopping, and the bus lines.
18: Potsdamer Platz, where we gave into our inner urges and shopped away at the mall! Why, oh why, don't we have H&M in Texas?
19: We wandered around Berlin for hours by foot, amazed at the different sights and sounds of the city. We ultimately ended up on the Unter den Linden, a major tourist strip. | The German Bundesrat is the legislative body that represents the sixteen states of Germany at the federal level.
21: We were a little lost at this point and meandered down Franzosische and noticed that there wasn't much green around the back streets. | More interesting architecture on our way to Unter den Linden, a familiar spot in this unfamiliar city! I got to stop along the way for a picture with a triped!
22: Back on the beaten path, we rediscovered Bebelplatz. The green dome is that of the Catholic St. Hedwig's Cathedral. To the left is the Opera House. The first Nazi book burning occurred here and there is a memorial set in the ground.
23: Friedrich Wilhelm III: could he really be our ancestor? Who really knows but we took photos just in case! | The Zeughaus is the oldest structure on the Unter den Linden. It was built by the Brandenburg Elector Frederick III between 1695 and 1730 to be used as an artillery arsenal. It is now the Historical Museum.
24: We finally got to the famed Museum Island. Above is the Altes Museum. Left, from top down, is the Berliner Dom, Pergamom Museum, and Alte Nationalgalerie. The final picture is of the interior alcove of the Dom. We harbored there during the rainstorm!
25: Paul Lobe House | The Reichstag | Me in the Pergamom Museum, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedchtniskirche, and the Memorial to the Reichstag opposition party members killed by the Nazis.
26: Girls just wanna have fun! Here we are posing with the fun statues around Berlin. | On the right, I'm poppin' a squat in a public toilet. Below, Nyerie and I are taking self-portraits in front of the Berliner Dom.
28: Our last few hours that evening in Berlin were spent in the shopping district near our hotel. | Nyerie found the coolest clock in the world and also a Marche cow. Not a long-horn but close enough! | Moo!
29: And now, on to Goslar and then to Neheim. Auf Wiedersehen, Berlin!