Berlin: tag zwei

Bright-eyed and bursting with enthusiasm, Alice and I took an early morning walking tour across Unter den Linden and Museum Island, grabbing pastries (yes multiple) and coffee on the move.

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Alice A.K.A ‘Eskimo Babe’

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We were waltzed around some of Berlin’s most iconic sights (above: the Brandenburg Gate) and lectured on Berlin’s gripping history.

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Peter Eisenman’s Holocaust Memorial is thought-provoking as you pace between the stark concrete monoliths.

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Sadly, we didn’t stop for ‘curry at the wall’ – maybe another time…

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As darkness fell, our spirits were in need of a lift so we headed to the beginnings of the Christmas markets in Potsdammer Platz and made merry with to tankards of gluhwein.

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German Christmas markets are a delight to all of the senses, full of allure through scents of vanilla, waffles and caramelised nuts.

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Marzipan potatoes or kartoffeln.

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Again, it was time to rest our poor feet and put our stomachs to work, so we sought refuge in the Rike Gasthaus. I indulged in breaded rolled pork and spätzle, a clumsy sort of egg noodle that I just adore.

We concluded that we hadn’t quite done enough walking for the day and so embarked on a trail between the Brandenburg gate and Charlottenburg in the far West, through Tiergarten.

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After what became a 5km walk, Alice and I had lost all conversational ability and the snoring ensued as soon as heads met pillows.

Stay tuned for the final Berlin installment…

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