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Divided Berlin

semi-overcast 12 °C

Berlin today is known as a 'Party Town' with bars, nightclubs and strip joints for all – except us. However, we enjoyed an early evening visit to a Munich Biergarten, with a Bavarian oompah band, (two guys in tight lederhosen playing souped up keyboards), where the beer was good and the roast pork knuckle enormous...
We also took an afternoon cruise on the city's waterways, but we were not alone...
Several people, including the staff at the tourist information office, had been skeptical that the river cruises were still running this late in the year so we were amazed to find ourselves in the midst of a procession as we meandered past ancient, (though largely rebuilt) stone edifices like the Berlin cathedral...
...and under newly erected ivory towers of the government...
However, the truly iconic symbol of both Berlin and of Germany is the Reichstag...
This parliamentary building was built in 1884 but was badly damaged by an arsonist in 1933. Hitler used the fire as a reason to seize power by claiming that the fire was started by the Bolshevics. But many people believe that Hitler's supporters started the fire to give him the excuse he needed to strip the populace of their rights and impose strict martial law and Nazi domination. World War 2 followed in 1939 and it is impossible to escape signs of that dreadful period here. It is also impossible to escape the Berlin Wall. Most of the wall was torn down soon after re-unification but sections have been replaced with steel railings that trace its path through the city...
Alongside the railings and throughout the length of the wall are plaques commemorating the people who escaped from the East, and often died in the attempt...
Straddling the line of the wall in one place is the Mauer-park flea market where hundreds of stallholders sell everything from fur coats to cranky bikes, creaky old LPs, and huge numbers of biersteins...
Now, autumn is catching up with us in these northern climes so it's time to head south to the Mediterranean for a family holiday. We will be back with you in a week or so as we continue our quest for Athena in the Aegean on the island of Rhodes, but for now, Prost and Auf wiedersehen from Berlin...

Posted by Hawkson 09:16 Archived in Germany

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I can barely imagine the size of the pig that provided the knuckle. Camera perspective is everything. Thanks for the river trip. Looks chilly. That beer and knuckle must have helped keeping you warm.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Not a lot of room for garnish on that plate but I see they tried. The knife is a nice touch.
Judging from the empty seats on the boat, winter coats, you will really appreciate the warm Mediterranean.

by R and B

Quite the knife! Good thing that Sheila is never a mean drunk! Or a drunk really. Glad you are having fun and have an alternative to the approaching chill of full autumn.

by Tom

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