Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Berlin - 5 days and counting

The Brandenburg Tor

The Alte Nationalgalerie where we saw Rodin's The Thinker

The Neue Museum which houses the Egyptian Museum which we will see on Thursday.
Luise shopping for books at Humbolt University where Albert Einstein lectured. He went to America for a visit when Hitler was elected chancelor and didn't return to Germany.
The steles at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Exhibits at the Jewish Memorial telling the story of families killed by the Nazis.

Buying a 3 - day Museum Pass puts some pressure on us to be efficient. We are off to a good start clicking off 5 must-dos on day 1. I'm tired and not going to get much of the Lidice commentary written before sleep. Keep checking back as I will add more. Today Luise, the Rotary Exchange student from the Berlin area who stayed with us last year, was our tour guide. She made a reservation at the terrace cafe at the Reichstag, and we went right to the top without waiting in the block long line. Then we had lunch at a cafe, Shinkel-Klause, right off of the Unter den Linden "street." The trees have heart-shaped leaves and are flowering right now. Rodin's The Thinker is at the New Museum on Museum Island as well as a painting whose name is translated "Cinderella Goes to the Prom" which made me laugh. Then we went to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews and the small museum which is housed under it. (Pictures will follow) To get home we took bus 200 to the Zoo Bahnhof and tried to find a grocery store. There is a natural food store, but it was closed after 8:00. Cheap sushi for dinner at 9:30, and I am ready for sleep.

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