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Published: April 13th 2019
My arrival was quite easy . I can not tell a lie though. Instead of figuring out the transit system I took a cab from the airport . A bit expensive but oh so easy .
But going back a bit , I had lunch with a friend in Calgary and when I boarded the plane I had no seat companions so I was able to spread across 3 seats and probably slept @5 hours which is pretty good . From gate to gate , Calgary to Frankfurt is 9hrs 15min. Customs was easy and the turn around was long enough to walk about which was good . Flying into Frankfurt was interesting . It seemed to me that there were many isolated villages . Quite close to each other , a few kilometers , all with steep red roofs .and surounded by green fields . Really pretty.
It is COLD in Berlin. +3 yesterday and no better today. The tulips and daffodils are blooming and the trees have new leaves but the warm air of the previous weeks is gone . It has not really held me back but I have been wearing all my layers and hoping this will soon pass .
Yesterday after checking in I explored the area my hotel is in . I visited the Kaiser Wilhelm Cathedral which was destroyed in WW 2. The vestibule has been reconstructed and it is very impressive . Next to it is the church which replaced it and it is interesting . Quite large , round and walls made up of squares of stained glass . On a sunny day it must spectacular. It also has a massive organ And someone was practicing while I was there . WOW ,they were really good and the space just filled wIth the sound.
Given the temp , did I add if was very grey with occassional snow flakes , I did stop into stores as I explored. Prices seemed quite normal until I remembered it was euros not dollars . Things are expensive in Germany .
Not a lot to see in this area . The hotel is good but I would stay closer to the center if I was going to come again.
Today has been full . I caught the metro to join a walking tour I had booked on line . It was great ! It really did cover the sights Berlin is known for . The Brandenburg Gate , the Holocost Memorial , a segment of the Berlin wall , Humboldt University, Checkpoint Charlie and more . The guide was really good . A Berliner born and honest about the past . I don,t think I had ever really realized that the Nazi era was only 13 years . 13 years !!! So much happened in that short time .
At 3 pm I had booked and purchased coffee and pastry at the Reichstag Dome cafe . They allow only a restricted number into the Dome on a given day and when I had checked a month ago the first available ticket was May12 .The view is incredible and the Sacher Torte served with a bowl of whipped cream was more than passable . Not as good as Marilyn,s chocolate anything, but good.
That was it for my energy today I got back to the hotel at 6:30 and have vegged out since . I must head out for supper now . A Spanish restaurant next dòor has schnitzel on the menu and I enjoyed it last night. . I did get a bit confused about the country I was in but chalk that up to being tired.
Enough for now . I am pleased that the blog notices are going out this time . If you are interested in the 4 I wrote in Mexico you need only press PREVIOUS in the top corner .
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