Anywhoo, Berlin was both the start and stop of our trip. Though we basically saw none of the city on the way out to Poland, we did have the opportunity to spend a day there on the way back. We rolled into town after a 5 hour drive from Dachau - not the most positive and uplifiting experience, but one that certainly fit with our theme of touring places with historical significance. I think what fascinates me about Berlin, other than our familial origins, is how truly new this city is. From the early 1960s until 1989/1990, it was geographically, politically, socially, and physically defined by a wall. That wall came down and ushered in a different era. The city has worked to redefine itself since as a model for tolerance and cosmopolitan style mixed with history and diverse cultures. You're equally likely to find a kebab place near a biergarten.
|My cheese plate|
|The one (of 2) sections of the Berlin |
Wall still standing