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Published: June 21st 2017
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After dinner last night our son discovered that one of his friends from home was currently in Berlin, so the two boys spent the evening at their hostel which apparently has 1 Euro beers at their roof top bar! The hostel is called Wombats for anyone interested.
We were planning on visiting the Memorial to the Murdered Jews today, but Jayden asked if we would mind if they spent the day with their friends, so we split up for the day.
As we didn't have the boys with us, we decided to visit the Ka De We store, to look at their food hall. Even though I am not a great cook I love food halls – we have seen Harrods and Galleries Lafayette, so we were looking forward to this.
We caught the 200 bus from Alexanderplatz down to the western part of Berlin. First we went to see the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and then walked to Ka De We. Unfortunately today was rainy, so we couldn't really enjoy the walk.
We were hoping to wander through the Tiergarten, but again too rainy unfortunately.
The food hall was fantastic, such amazing arrays of different foods, particularly chocolate.
As in Harrods, there were a
variety of eating bars or areas serving different types of food or drink. As we were in Germany, we sat down at the Wurst stand.
There was a large area of sausages with varying accompaniments. I chose Beef Frankfurt with a bread roll and mustard and Gary had a spicier sausage with sauerkraut. The waitress was fantastic, helping us with our very limited German and going to the wine area to get us a nice glass of red with our wurst. Beer was available at the stand, but I just don't like it.
It was interesting to see the different culture here, there were lots of elderly ladies shopping and lunching by themselves. They all had a beer or wine with their solitary lunch. You just don't see people here in Melbourne, particularly elderly ladies, drinking a beer at midday by themselves.
After lunch we returned to east Berlin on the 100 bus. These two buses are fantastic, you virtually get a tour of Berlin for the price of a bus ticket.
We visited our final Berlin museum, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews. Of all the war sites we visited on our trip, this one affected me the most and I ended up
in tears. There is a section where various people have their personal stories recorded, and it was just heart breaking to hear of people losing their children and all the hardships and cruelty that they suffered.
It is a beautifully done memorial and I recommend any visitor to Berlin to see it.
After meeting up with the boys again back at our hotel, we headed back to the Brandenburg Gate to see it lit up at night and to take our final photos.
We finished the day with dinner at the Blockhouse in Alexanderplatz. Great steaks and vegetables, which were remarkably scarce everywhere we ate on this trip.
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