After a night of nine hours of raveling, their faces were the truly the sweetest site. :) They greeted us at the Tegel airport, took us into their home for some refreshment and a quick rest before heading out into the city center as a preventative measure for some gnarly jet lag.
The Brandenburg Gate (above) was so grand! As we came out of the metro station, it stood ahead, welcoming us to this place of rich history and fascinating architecture.
One of the first unexpected experiences we had was the weather. It was so windy and cool - which surprised me since it was mid June. I was expecting uncomfortable heat. Yet, it was lovely. These photos were taken around 9pm, the sky still bright.
These bullet holes are from World War II - much of the city was destroyed & has since been rebuilt, but a few reminders remain. It was surreal to feel the jagged marks left from such a historic event.
There was a large patch of roses near the Neptune fountain - Stunning.
Other highlights from our time in Berlin:
- Doner (umlaut on the "o") - the yummy (gyros-like) turkish kebab at the small doner shop down the street from Tyler & Laura's apartment. This is something we already miss & talk about wanting to eat again. :)
- Seeing the bricks in the street where the Berlin wall used to stand, separating the East and West. It was also interesting to see the architectural differences between the two sides of Berlin.
- the TV tower at Alexander Platz were propaganda was aired in Communist Berlin
- our second day in Berlin, we visited a lake....no nudity. :) Although it took us awhile to choose the perfect spot, we had a lovely time. By that time, I was feeling some major jet lag and for some reason I was sneezing all the time! I think I sneezed more in Berlin than I have anywhere else in the world. :)
As we look back, this city was an amazing start to our journey.