Our European trip was an absolute whirlwind. We flew out of Boston via Iceland Air (Which is the nicest, and all around best airline I’ve ever flown.) We had a layover in Reykjavík, Iceland, then a connecting flight to Paris. After a few blissful days in Paris, we boarded an overnight EurRail train (which are awesome, by the way) to Berlin. I’ve decided I’m not going to be sharing photos from our trip in order… because today I really felt like editing photos from Berlin! My family is originally from Germany, so I was really excited to go there. Unfortunatly the ONE day we spent there was very rainy, and quite chilly, so I didn’t get many photos.
I did, however, have an amazing time there! We got on one of those hop-on/hop-off bus tours, because it was too rainy to walk. And we saw all the important things, and only got out when we really wanted to see a particular attraction. Then there’s this German food called Currywurst. Holy schnikes. I immediately came home and tried making it, but I can’t find the right kind of sausage. So I will keep trying until I get it right. Then I’ll share the recipe here!
I try to take a photo of a flag for each country I visit. These were near the Berlin Wall, and I thought they were perfect for my flag photo.
The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church… in a constant state of repair, after surviving through huge bombing raids in the war. You can still see bullet holes in the fascade. Beautiful.
I took this photo of Checkpoint Charlie from the bus. It’s a little blurry, but I think I like it that way.
Seeing the Berlin wall was a big deal for me. I remember so vividly watching it on the news when it came down. David Hasselhoff singing in his blinky jacket… then the infomercials started, where you could purchase a piece of the Berlin wall, for just $29.99 plus shipping!
The television tower. I’m not a fan of heights. There was a guy hanging off this thing by a rope, doing some kind of maintenance. My tummy flips just thinking about it. 1200 feet tall. No thank you. This is another photo taken from the bus, so it’s definitely not a great shot. Look at those windowboxes on the balconies though!
One of the only Buddy Bears we saw. They’re an art exhibit promoting international cultural equality. Beautiful message. Kind of a creepy statue.
Near the hotel we stayed in… (Which was fabulous, it had a queen size bed with two separate blankets! So we didn’t even have to fight over the covers.) was the train station. Outside the train station, was OKTOBERFEST!! I had an amaaaaazing pretzel with spicy mustard, and my husband had a beer the size of his head. They do not mess around with either thing, in Germany.
And probably the nicest train station we encountered in the entire trip. The one in Milan had shopping, so it’s a close second, but this particular one was like a mall inside, with trains. Can’t go wrong with that.
We also went to this great Rock & Roll club called K17. It had three levels, with different music on each one. Super cool.
It’s really hard for me to choose a favorite among the places we went. I loved them all. But Berlin was awesome, and I’d love to visit again someday!