25 - Berlin
day in Berlin. Met an interesting American at breakfast who has
lived in a small town near Torino for the last 20 years. He bemoaned
much business travel with little opportunity for tourism.
took the 100 bus to the Reichstag but found there was a 45 minute
line to get in. Decided that was too much and so turned it into
a photo-op. Books advised getting there a half hour before opening,
but that was 8 o'clock.
found there the memorial to the 97 communist and social democrat
delegates to the Bundestag who were accused by Hitler of starting
the Reichstag fire in 1993. Their imprisonment in concentration
camps gave him control of the government, enabling him to form a
we went back on the bus and transferred to the U-Bahn for a trip
to Checkpoint Charlie. Another photo op as the museums there were
jammed. Thursday is the beginning of the tourist weekend, evidently.
back on the U-Bahn to the Deutsche Technisches Museum where we had
lunch in the attached bistro. Good warmed baguettes with ham and
spent some time at the Museum but it wasn't very interesting. Not
at all as imaginative as the museum in Munich we saw years age.
We didn't stay. Not the greatest day but this is not uncommon when
on ones own. Makes you grateful for Elderhostel.
were back in the hotel early but time passed quickly with the aid
of naps and the computer. Then we went out to dinner at Gasthaus
Krombach where we had eaten our first night in Berlin. Very good
dinner and priced reasonably. I had a huge piece of poached salmon
and Barbara had pork medallions. There was another American party
at a nearby table who we talked to. Early to bed.
October 26 - Travel
next day we headed for home. A leisurely time since our plane didn't
leave till 3 pm, but we took it easy and went to the airport early
to see if we could get better seats for our flight home from Frankfurt.
We did and all went well. We were home by 8 PM and were picked up
at the airport by Elizabeth. We were glad to see her and glad to
back to Main Page