Thursday, April 14, 2011

Our American tour of Berlin.....

I am so glad to be back home in my own bed with my own pillow!! The only part of European hotels I don't like is their beds and what they call pillows...waaaaaaay tooo soft for my liking.  Other then that the hotel was fabulous and everyone was so friendly and nice. We had everything we could have wanted out of a hotel and then some.

Our trip around Berlin began and ended up becoming an American theme for us. Not that we had wanted it that way but after a few days it just seemed funny so we stuck with it. You see we arrived on a Sunday afternoon and if you know anything about Germany on a Sunday almost nothing is open. So as we walked aimlessly around the city looking for something that was open so we could eat the first thing we came to that was open was Subway.  Yupp we drove all the way to Berlin, Germany to eat Subway. Haha no just wait it gets so much better. Once we ate then we headed out to find the Berlin zoo which was fabulous and well worth the trip.

We also went into the aquarium. The girls loved that they not only had fish but snakes and bugs....yuuuuuuck!!!  Sometimes I wonder what they will do when they grow up. They both seem to like icky things!! Yikes!!

One thing we noticed right off the bat was that there were these bear statues all over the city. Mr. M was determined to find out why and eventually he did.  As soon as I ask him again I will share it with you but of course I do not remember right now..

Aren't they cute?!?!  DD2 and I had a blast posing with some of them.

There were so many magnificent things we did and saw whilie in Berlin but I have to say the most exciting for me was seeing parts of the wall that were left standing and the markers all along the streets of where the wall had once stood.  It just was amazing and humlbing at the same time.
 Checkpoint Charlie!
These double stones on the street are the markers of where the wall used to stand. Amazing!!

 Brandenburg gate!
 Of course as always we hit up the hard rock for some good food, a little shopping and a hurricane glass to add to my collection.
 This was the memorial to the murdered Jews. Beautiful and yet very sad.
 Our next American stop was of course Dunkin Donuts..yummmmmmm!!!!!
 This is Berlin's walk of fame!! It wasn't very big but how clever of them eh?!?!
 All along the walk of fame they had stars with people names on it and then there were these little gold boxes. If you looked inside them you could see images of the people who were names on the stars they were next to. Very cool according to the girls!!
 One of my favorite stops was the Charlottenberg Palace. It was huge and beautiful and even though we were standing in the rain we didn't care!!
 The gardens out back of the palace.
The center of the gardens. They simply were stunning.

So our trip was great and in the whole time we were there we made our American tour something like this: Subway, KFC, Hard rock cafe, McDonalds, Burger King, Dominoes pizza, Dunkin Donuts and of course we enjoyed them all!!

So even though we were having a good time visiting history and learning so much we managed to make it fun for the girls as well.  I would highly reccomend Berlin to anyone who is looking for a historical trip and yet something for the kids as well.  I have a ton more pics but maybe another day on those.

Have a great day everyone and I will see you all tomorrow!!


Uncork and Unwined said...

We cant wait to go to Berlin!

NJDecorator said...

It's so awesome that you get to do this...and I am with you on the pillows - I know people that carry their own when they travel!

Jennifer Bowen said...

What a great place! I like your photos. Your definitely putting your photography skills in use. Fun, right? We're hoping to see Berlin some time this summer. Looking forward to it! Hope to see you at the HCSC get-together at Kim's. =)

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