German Word of the Day:
n.; vacation, holiday
I know it’s been a long time since I last published anything – sorry! I have a good reason though: my host family and I were hitting the open road for school break. Packed snug in a wohnwagon, or travel trailer, we visited seven different German cities in two weeks. There’s more I could say than would possibly fit into one post, so I’ll write about Berlin here, and I’ll write about the rest later this week.
So, Berlin…. Now, in general, big cities are not my favorite travel destinations, but the German Hauptstadt (capital city) won me over. Berlin is bubbling with history, is a wonderful mix of old and new attractions, and is full of glass architecture and gardens and all sorts of nice aesthetic things. We spent a whole week here, so I think it’s fair to say that I’ve seen everything and am now qualified to be your digital tour guide.
First, let’s get over with the required pictures of the Brandenburg Tor, the Berlin TV tower, and, of course, a pretzel vendor:
So, aside from eating fresh Bretzeln in front of the Brandenburg gate, what else can you do in Berlin? Well, for one thing, you ride the train a lot. But it’s cool, because the train stations are all totally different and generally look really interesting, like this one:
Now that you’re on the train with your pretzels, you can stop at a jillion super cool places, like the Berlin Zoo.
And then, of course, you can hit the shops. If you know me you know that I’m not the world’s biggest shopper, but there were a couple of stores that my family may have had a hard time dragging me out of:
If you’re ready for some stuff that’s more serious, there is a whole sector of Berlin pretty much devoted to World War II and the separation of Germany, and particularly the Berlin Wall.
The last place we visited during our week in Berlin was Potsdam, which is technically a separate city but is essentially a part of Berlin. In it is the famous Schloss Sanssouci (aka this palace here) which would be a terrific place to meander through while reading Jane Austin, but alas, our schedule was too tight.
Well, that’s all I’ve got on Berlin. Like I said, I’ll get a post out on Week Two of Vacation soon. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a picture of this beautiful waffle: