[Categories: TRAVEL, PHOTOGRAPHY, EUROPE, WWII]
(See previous posts for what this tour is about.) (As always, click on photos to enlarge or play movie.)
If you have spent the considerable time and money to get to Europe for a guided tour you might think about an extra day or two at the beginning or end of the trip.
An extra day at the beginning gives you time to get over jet-lag and be fresher when the tour starts. You can do some personal sightseeing in the process. At the end of the tour you have time to explore more or go to another city that you would like to visit.
M’lady and I arrived a day early in Amsterdam (see Timberwolves Europe 2013: Early arrival, Anne Frank, Meet and Greet. 2 May. ).
After the tour we stayed one day and one night in Berlin and 2 days and 3 nights in Prague, Czech Republic. (We had Berlin-Prague train travel and Prague walk around time for one day in between.)
I highly recommend making your extra night hotel bookings yourself through a reputable internet site like Orbitz, Travelocity, United, Hotels.com, or similar. It is quite a hassle for the tour operator to book extra nights and the extra night rate may well be cheaper via self-booking, as it was for us in Berlin. In both Amsterdam and Berlin we were able to stay in the same room as assigned to us for the tour. Both hotels were very accommodating when we made the request during check-in.
We had a great walking day in Berlin. First we took the metro. Our hotel, the Wyndham Excelsior, was near the Zoologischer Garten stop. We took the U2 line toward Pankow to Stadtmitte to start our walk. Piece a’ cake.
With a pocket map we found our way to the nearby GendarmenMarkt plaza containing the Deutscher Dom, the Konzerthaus, and the Franzosischer Dom.
Berlin is under construction:
Our walk takes us past the Neue Wache (New Guard) building near Humboldt University of Berlin:
We continue on to the Berliner Dom and buildings of Museum Island:
We visit the Old National Gallery to see exhibits of Impressionist works, modest by Musee d’Orsay standards of course, and German Realists such as Arnold Bocklin (Isle of the Dead) and Hans Marees (Self-Portrait).
The Pergamon Museum is a treasure of antiquity:
Sculptor must have been THE talent to have at that time. Sad to think so much has been destroyed. At one time locals were burning the sculpture for the limestone.
I can certainly post more pictures via laptop and its ease of multi-photo loading than with the iPad2. Lest I bore you or my own ADD let’s take a break here. It will be time for lunch on the walking tour soon.