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Berlin - so much city, so little time

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Berlin was just not meant for this trip -- everything is so far apart, really a city of neighborhoods much like Toronto (but with much more sights) where a lot of time and transport is needed to experience the city or even to see the sights. We saw many beautiful buildings and of course there's a lot of history even apart from the war, but it's geographically a huge city. It also didn't help that I got the time wrong for the walking tour (so we had to do other stuff for a couple hours to wait for the next one), nor that our walking tour guide was terrible so we quit an hour in (after moving about 100m and hearing many bad jokes and long stories).

The walk guy with his hat and his saluting arm up
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Alexanderplatz (a TV tower) with a church
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Other buildings
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Brandenburger Gate, part of the old Berlin Wall and a rallying point for most parts of the city history
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Statue of the Goddess of peace atop Brandenburger Gate, brought from Berlin to Paris when Napolean conquered these parts, then brought back after the Russians beat Napolean.
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The Reichstag... Surrounded by trees, so hard to get a shot that includes flags and the building, it's too big.
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The Berlin Monument
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The wonderful market near our hostel, where we got cheap food (a whole rotisseried chicken for 3 Euro, another meal 2 euro each). When we stopped on our way to the train station one of the shops was closing for the day, so I ask the guy how much he'd charge for the cooked meats he has left, and he says 2 euros - for 2 quarter chickens, 2lb or so of sausage loaf, 2 smoked pork knuckles, and 4 chicken wings.

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Posted by chrisvasil 13:26 Archived in Germany Tagged tourist_sites

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