Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Germany - Jewish Museum - Final Night

Hi Gang,

Last night in Berlin. After we packed up and returned to the hotel we ventured out to the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The museum itself was beautiful in a very modern sense and the exhibits were technically very well done if multimedia is your thing. It covered the history of the Jews in Germany and Europe and the repeated pattern of persecution and assimilation. I found it surprisingly light on the Holocaust and almost feel like I missed something! After wandering back nearly to Checkpoint Charlie for a cab we headed back to the Ku'Damm and had dinner again at the Block House. Susann was again our waitress, taking Joe back to show him the t-bones, which was rather amusing. Dinner was good, but then it was time to pack and so we headed back to the hotel to get ready to depart for Frankurt. Here are some photos from last night!

Back home today .... can't wait to get a little sleep on the plane and get back home!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Germany - Funkturm & Schloss Charlottenburg

Hi Gang,

Took a walk yesterday ... a long walk, but it was nice to see a bit of Berlin or at least 6 km worth! Click here for the photos The Funkturm used to be the highest structure in Berlin and was referred to as their Eiffel Tower. It is right in the center of our convention center and so to step outside where the smokers gather puts you right at the base of it. You'll also see a view shots of our booth and surroundings. I commenced my walk and discovered a bike shop as large as a Dominicks or Jewel-Osco! But with the exchange rate not so much in my favor, I was able to avoid temptation! And I've got enough bags coming home! I then wandered into a cemetery for a look around. The graves were often lettered in gold which made the names pop out easily. Finally after a few more street shots, we get to Schloss Charlottenburg, early 17th century and I believe at one time the largest palace. Of course it was bombed heavily, but rebuilt. A few more street shots and my walk was complete, my feet tired. We'll see what today brings.

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Germany - Berlin - Kaiser Wilhelm, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag & Checkpoint Charlie

Kevin in Berlin
Hi Gang,

Presently in Berlin and have had a little time to see the sites. Last evening after we got finished with the show for the day we walked to the Kaiser Wilhelm church and tonight we ventured out to see the Brandenburg Gate (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!), the Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie (You are now entering the American Sector). I'm too tired to fully describe things and hope to in the coming days, but for now, here are some pictures, though I know that with it being dusk they aren't stupendous by any stretch and I'm unlikely to win a photojournalism award:

Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie
Kaiser Wilhelm Church and more

Check back soon. I apologize that this isn't my usual writing, but it has been a long day.

As ever,