Being in Berlin, a city I love, was a cool way to spend my birthday. We had five nice days to see the city, visit the museums, and enjoy a Paul McCartney concert at the Waldbuehne outdoor amphitheater, near the 1936 Olympic Stadium. New destinations on this visit were the Reichstag, the Memorial For the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the 1936 Olympic Park.
We have now moved on to the Greek Islands. Crete was our first stop before catching the ferry to Santorini. We'll be here until Wednesday (6/22). Next island will be Paros. It's hotter than usual for June. Even the locals are complaining. Feels like Florida minus the humidity.
Stumbling BlocksThese small blocks were placed in the sidewalk near buildings where Jews were taken from their homes and businesses during the Hollocaust. It gives the person's name and what happened to them.
Memorial for the Murdered Jews of EuropeAs people walked through the memorial they would suddenly disappear due to the topography of the memorial. The simplicity and the symbolism of the memorial was powerful.
Central mirrored towerThe tower is directly over the room where the German Parliment meets. From the base of the tower you can see into the assembly. This symbolizes the transparency of the modern German government.