29.05.2013 - 29.05.2013
Weather forecast not great but we will push on regardless. Berlin is cool,windy & more drizzle ...oh well that's it. We started off about 9am walking as usual . I did glance & mumble at hop on off buses but according to Bill we see so much more walking the streets & yes I guess he is right but nearly 12 k's yesterday ! I mean really Bill is that fair ???
Walk on Deb ...Bill is a great map reader so I generally put my trust in him but this was a huge walk & would have been nice on a bus ,tram taxi anything.
We planned to see Checkpoint Charlie & The Jewish Museum .interesting we were supposed to see them in this order but for some reason we stumbled upon Checkpoint Charlie first .OMG what a horrible circus this has been turned into lots of tourists mainly I think Americans but obviously turned into a circus by the Germans .
There is even a supposed US guard house with flags etc presumably right where the original guardhouse was. People were going up to have pics taken with "guards" apparently once you have the photos taken they demand € for the experience . They are actors playing the part. Interesting I must say I was not impressed by the way things are taken on commercialism . This was a sad &horrific time in post war Berlin .
We didn't spend long there could have gone through displays but didn't want to encourage this objectionable farce. Kept walking I think at least another one & half k's to The Jewish Museum ...an emotional exploration of 2000 years of Jewish History in Germany . It really didn't answer many of my questions in fact I do have more now .How did my father manage to stay working as a scientist for the government right up until 1939 ... Most Jews were unable to work in civil situations after 1933 ...what the hell was he working on that allowed them to overlook him until 1939? He had managed to get the rest of his family out to US & England by 1936.
I do know he was trying desperately to hold on to there vast possessions in Berlin but but ....I need to find some answers. The Museum has no records on individuals & it was suggested to me to contact the Jewish Community here. I imagine there wouldn't be many alive still living in Berlin from that time. Oh well will be an interesting journey if I can do some tracking .
We traipsed back all the way to Alexanderplatz with me still looking longingly at buses etc.... Nup not for me. Bill did say he was very proud of me ...Right that made my feet feel a whole heap better.
Made it back to have a late lunch early dinner & eventually into our hotel room by 4 pm. We fell asleep around 6 & slept until 3am ....strange hours we are keeping & I had a massive headache which lasted the rest of the night . I should have got a coffee . I drink too much coffee & go into withdrawal when I only have one in a day.
Now into Wednesday & our last day in Berlin ...I did spy a UNOd 50 shop here in Berlin this is the eclectic jewellery I discovered in Granada last year . They are a Spanish company with no outlets in Australia . This is what I love things no one else has in Aus.... Off there this morning . Very excited almost as cool as Bvlgari in Rome but the difference is they have prices on their pieces . Bill says he gets shakes going past Bvlgari shops with me . Funny I didn't even get anything in there .He just bought a bracelet for Zkye . I do have some of their perfume though thanks to Ann & Peter .
That's me for now. Tomorrow off on first class train to Hamburg & our last day in Europe for now. I have decided as we only have one day in Hamburg we are going on a bus tour like normal people .I want to experience " a hop on off " tour. Right !!!