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5 days in Berlin - Mackie

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this is going to be more a travelogue, as you will notice :manic: i am actually telling a bit about what we did and where we went.

 

not to the moon, though, even though it looks like it ...

 

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we were using the local trains ...

 

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at the Alex(anderplatz):

 

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the station Alexanderplatz isn't fully renovated yet, so we had a shot at the wonderfully creepy old tunnels.

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then on to ...

 

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here a public scale (which we did not use :manic: )

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Potsdamer Platz is the center of "New Berlin"; every big corporation tries to get their paws on a piece of it. :lol:

 

the corner building was actually a scaffold with a trompe l'oeuil. :crit:

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among all the new steel, glass and concrete, a glass façade is protecting the remains of one of the old houses - baroque interior walls complete with mirrors and fireplace (and a reflection of Candy and me :p ).

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"everybody right next to me!!"-"omg, not again ..."

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the Wall used to go right across the Potsdamer Platz. there is one segment of it still standing there, post-wall-opening graffiti included.

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... and on its sides what looked like a weird kind of concrete at first sight, turned out they were covered with a collection of chewing gums. :roflmao:

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(i love the station names in the old lettering - most lovingly restored.)

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watching tv before washing feet :wink:

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... some people have funny socks on in bed ...

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DAY TWO

 

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the weather was increcibly gorgeous.

 

we went to see the LOTR exhibition first thing (after a nice long breakfast, that is ...)

it was wonderful to see it (or see it again, in my case). the exhibition was in Babelsberg, and since that is close to Potsdam, we decided to go there next.

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in the park surrounding Sanssouci castle.

 

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Sanssouci (without worries) was built in 1742 for the Prussian King Friedrich II, who wanted a place away from court to grow peaches and figs, hence the terraced gardens with the glass houses built into the terraces.

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