Strasbourg, Paris, and Berlin

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November 4th 2009
Published: November 4th 2009
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I think I shall start with Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the city furthest to the east in France. Directly east of it is Germany. There is a lot of German influence in Strasbourg because of this reason. Some of the oldest houses in France can be found here, and many of them are traditionally German. I did not go with my host family, but rather, some friends of the family. They were very nice, and we s... Read Full Entry

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Capitol BuildingCapitol Building
Capitol Building

Capitol of Berlin :)
Our HostelOur Hostel
Our Hostel

How much more can I explain?
Schloss CharlottenburgSchloss Charlottenburg
Schloss Charlottenburg

I think thats how you spell it. Charlottenburg Palace :)
Me at CharlottenburgMe at Charlottenburg
Me at Charlottenburg

I liked the color of this tree :)
Charlottenburg PalaceCharlottenburg Palace
Charlottenburg Palace

From a bridge across the way...
The GirlzThe Girlz
The Girlz

Just some of us. Everyone but me spoke Spanish in this group! Andrea from Mexico, Valentina from Argentina, Natalia from Mexico, Nora from Mexico and Amy from the USA. :P I love these girls!

This is SO GOOD. I had lunch with Chris and we ate Currywurst, which is traditionally German. It was oh so good :P
US ConsulateUS Consulate
US Consulate

I have no idea why I took a picture, but we were just walking along and I realized that this was the US consulate of Berlin.

This is the memorial for the people who died during the years of the imposition of the Berlin Wall. It was a very peaceful place in the middle of the city.
Me at the MemorialMe at the Memorial
Me at the Memorial

Carla stole my camera hahaha! This is me standing in the maze of blocks which represented the tombs of all those killed during the separation of East and West Berlin.
The MazeThe Maze
The Maze

The memorial started off with small blocks near the outside and they quickly grew into huge ten foot tall blocks that formed a "maze" of sorts. They were all perfect lines, but when the Rotarians said that we were to meet on the other side, it STILL took us 20 minutes to get organized again.
Checkpoint CharlieCheckpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie

This is the famed Checkpoint Charlie. Unfortunately, its only a giant wall with alot of pictures and text. Across the road there are the signs and an "outpost" for the US Army (its the real thing) where you can take pictures with US soldiers for €1. I decided no picture. I DID however get my passport stamped ;P
One Side...One Side...
One Side...

You are entering the American Sector. Carrying weapons off duty forbidden. Obey traffic rules. The sign when entering the American Sector going into West Berlin.
...And the Other...And the Other
...And the Other

You are leaving the American Sector. The other side of the sign when going INTO East Berlin.
Free TimeFree Time
Free Time

We were given some free time after Checkpoint Charlie, and we three troublemakers bought some German candy ;P They are tiny green frogs! I love this picture!!
Berlin BeerBerlin Beer
Berlin Beer

This is the beer that we each had one glass of at dinner. It is made only in Berlin. I decided on this night that I'm not really a fan of beer. Wine yes, beer no.

After getting used to the smaller portion sizing in France, this traditionally German meal was WAAAAAY too much for me. I only ate a little little bit.

Just some of the girls having a good time when we were taking a break from walking all day.

I like this picture. It was a really cool cathedral, but we didnt go inside :(

I took a picture because honestly, I have NEVER seen a store that sells 8XL sizes.
Its the Same All OverIts the Same All Over
Its the Same All Over

Life sized Star Wars characters? Pourquoi pas?!! Found him in a giant shopping center in Berlin.

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