We were wondering if seeing the Brandenburg bridge would be as amazing as the first time. It was. No tour guide to rush us along after taking our photos. It was a very sunny day. No plan, just wandering.
My dad and his brother played in this park when they were kids. It was very emotional going there. His brother, Uncle Bernard still lives in Berlin and the last time we visited he was driving so he took us to where their parents lived and where they grew up and went to school. He also told us about the Second World War and what it was like to be in Germany in Hitler's time. It was an emotional time with him then and I was not sure if we would see him this time.
Evidence of previous turbulent times.
The Victory column was a great experience this time. We were able to walk all the way from the Gate to the Column and see it up close instead of just driving past. The frescoes were all mosaics..tiny, tiny pieces of ceramics.
Sunny day plus a river equals a river cruise. So that's what we did. It is always a different perspective to see a city unfold around a river. It is the life blood of a city and has been for as long as a city has been founded. Berlin's river is no different. The old bridges, the museums that were once used for other purposes like a palace or a church. A surprise around every bend.
The old and the new blend in beautifully. Of course a lot of the very old was bombed during the war. 80% of Berlin was gone. My uncle also talked about that time too. The rebuild. I really like the new architecture as well. It was enlightening to see it all from a boat.