Whenever we land in a new place we both decide what we want to see and do and then I plan the time from there. For Berlin, Magpie wanted to see the Brandenburg Gate. It was the first “site” we went too.
I prefer walking everywhere or if we have to we take the local bus. The walk was approximately a half hour from our apartment in East Berlin to the Brandenburg Gate. On the way we did window shopping. We found lots of vegan restaurants which was great and book stores – english books. It was a sidewalk sale and the books were english. Both Magpie and I found some books. Usually I just read whatever books Magpie gets. We carry onto the Gate.
Personally the Gate was anti-climatic for me. I think I was expecting more, but then we were not here for me but for Magpie. Magpie was duly impressed. I was surprised at the amount of people there – there being a open circle area before going through the gate.
In amongst all the people were many more people selling their wares. One stood out and caught Magpie’s attention. The seller reminded me of the old monkey with the box hat with the man turning a music box selling nuts.
We carried on through the gate which opened up to the Tier Garten. It is also the geographical split between east and west Berlin. The garden is vast and quite peaceful. Dotted throughout the gardens are monuments to Soviets, greek gods and goddesses, along with playgrounds, and greenhouses. It reminded me of the gardens of Versailles.
As we kept walking I was keeping an eye on time. I knew that the longer we walked meant that longer to get back.
Never tell a kid how long a total walk is; it is not worth the trauma and drama.
Always find a playground to revitalize them and keep lots of snacks – at least try to anyway.
We did find a kids playground which was quite different and entertaining. Not sure I like the kid parks having wifi though.
We had to dodge rain, which we did manage too and found us walking a different way back. Our point of reference of the needle tower.
We did end up finding a giraffe made of lego – life size and going pass Check Point Charlie.
Check Point Charlie is all tourism but they do have billboards set up with photos to show you the difference. No I did not take any pictures because you really were not seeing anything real and it was more people than anything. I, once again, felt bad for the local people that have to deal with all the tourists over something that isn’t there anymore.