Published: January 27th 2008December 21st 2007
Not as Scary as it Looks
This was the view out our hotel room window. As I said before, this wasn't the loveliest neighborhood I'd ever been to, but it was safe. This was where I first got a sense of just how depressing life in the old East Berlin might have been. The architecture of the Soviet-era buildings was completely devoid of personality and were simply functional. Perhaps the overwhelming drabness is what inspired so many graffitti artists to deface them,
I must've been really
tired last night because I slept straight through until morning. Normally my internal clock forces me to wake up around 2:00 am when I first get to Europe. This morning I woke up well-rested and even refreshed. Waking up Tyler was another story. I'm not sure he ever adjusted to the time change.
I'm not normally a breakfast person, but when visiting Europe I take every advantage of the bountiful breakfasts we usually get in Germany. The breakfast at the Agon Frankfurter Allee was no different. Just look at the pictures! Nobody makes hard rolls like they serve in these European hotels. Absolutely delicious.
Today we would be taking full advantage of our BVG transport passes. I decided not to rent a car for the days we were in Berlin figuring that the cost for parking would be ridiculous. When I realized just how much territory we could cover with these transport passesI was really glad we took advantage. The Berlin transport system is fantastic and very easy to figure out even if you can't speak German. One of the added benefits of the 48 hour pass was that it also gave you a discount
The First of Many Great Fruhstucks
Breakfast was down in the basement of the hotel. I was expecting a good hearty breakfast but was really surprised by the variety and quantity.
on various guided tours. I originally planned for us to head to the Kurfurstendamm where we would spend around $20 each for a two hour sightseeing tour. Somewhere along the line I completely forgot about that plan. We found plenty of things to see and do on our own. When we decided to head up to the Bundestag building before seeking out the tour buses, little did we realize that we would find loads of things to see just walking around on our own. The only disappointment was that we didn't get to see anything in the old West Berlin. A bus tour might have given us a better idea of the major highlights that we had
to see. Add a guided tour to the list of things to do next trip to Berlin.
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