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Grüße aus Berlin

After an absence of almost nine years, the boys made a second visit to one of their favourite European cities in late October and early November 2017.

 

Having a couple of glasses of chardonnay in the boarding lounge.

 

Checking out all the murals on the East Side Gallery, a 1316 m long section of the Berlin Wall, now an international memorial for freedom.

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Drinking beer on the U-Bahns and S-Bahns in Berlin is quite common. How civilized! Or not.

 

At the famous Berlin Cathedral, or Berliner Dom.

 

Outside the Ampelmann shop.

Prior to German reunification in 1989, the two German states had different forms for the Ampelmännchen, with a generic human figure in West Germany, and a generally "male" figure wearing a hat in the East.

The Ampelmännchen is a beloved symbol in Eastern Germany,"enjoying the privileged status of being one of the few features of communist East Germany to have survived the end of the Iron Curtain with his popularity unscathed." After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Ampelmännchen acquired cult status and became a popular souvenir item in the tourism business.

 

In the Gendarmenmarkt, with the Konzerthaus (Concert Hall) on the left and the Französischer Dom (French Church) in the background.

 

At Alexanderplatz in the former East Berlin, with the Fernsehturm (Television Tower) in the background.

 

Heading to Potsdam.

 

Standing on the balcony at the New Palace in Potsdam.

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At Sans Souci, the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1712 -1786).

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Having a couple of beers in the hotel bar.

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December 2008

 

The boys made their second trip to Germany in December 2008 spending a few days in Berlin, stocking up on chocolate and Glühwein.

 

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Waiting patiently in the boarding lounge to get called for their upgrade.

 

Executive First Suites

The waiting paid off and the boys were finally able to relax on board in their Executive First Suites with a couple of glasses of wine and a movie or two.

 

The boys spent much of their first day shopping at Berlin's famous KaDeWe department store. Move the cursor over the image for a different shot.

 

Reichstag Dome

Immersing themselves in the history of the city, the boys made their first stop on day 2 at the German Reichstag (parliament). Move your cursor over the image for the view on the rooftop.

 

Tram

Running to catch a tram in the former East Berlin. They were impressed with the efficiency and reliability of the transit system in Berlin.

 

Checkpoint Charlie

Checking out Checkpoint Charlie, the famed U.S. Army crossing point into the former Soviet sector of East Berlin.

 

Here is a slide show of the boys at Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate, in what was once East Berlin.

 

Potsdammer Platz

Soaking up the Christmas spirit and the Glühwein at the Christmas market at Potsdammer Platz.

 

The boys can never get enough Christmas spirit or Glühwein. Here they are at the Schloß Charlottenburg Christmas market.

 

Schloss Charlottenburg

Schloß Charlottenburg was the last stop before heading to the airport for the trip home. Bear and Bow Wow are hoping to make their trips to Germany part of their annual Christmas tradition.

 

Grüße aus Frankfurt

 

The boys made their first trip to Europe in December 2006 spending a few days in Frankfurt and Mainz.

 

Euro

"Is this where we go to get more Euros?"

 

Weinachtmarkt

Frankfurter Weinachtmarkt

 

At night

The boys got into the spirit of the Christmas Market.

 

Hauptbahnhof

"Do they have First Class on these things?"

 

2nd Class

"Definitely not First Class!"

 

Glühwein

Discovering Glühwein

 

Clilly

It's getting a bit chilly.

 

I spy

"Is that Belgium over there?"

 

Last Coffee

One last coffee before boarding the plane home.

 

Executive First

The boys don't mind so much going home when they get to watch a movie and have some fine wine in Executive First on the way.

 

 

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