Cam worked from the hotel room most of the day, so Andy and I went out exploring. We headed out to Unter den Linden (the shopping street), Tiergarten Park, and the Brandenburg Gate. I was a little nervous to head out into the middle of a strange city with my baby--especially since people do not speak english very well. After a long and incredibly confusing hour and twenty minutes, we made it! The Brandenburg Gate is stunning. Tiergarten Park is definitely the most beautiful park I've ever been in. It even beats out the Vondelpark here and all the parks in London, which are all gorgeous. I couldn't believe how many trees there are and how tall they are. It feels like you're in the middle of a forest. There was a big street fair going on in the middle of the park, which was fun to see.
|Fair in the middle of Tiergarten.|
|Monument in the middle of Tiergarten.|
After Andy's afternoon nap, we headed out with Cam to go to the Jewish Museum. After a long, confusing, and wet journey, we made it! The architecture is unusual and beautiful. We both learned a lot. Of course, Andy decided the ideal time to start screaming was in the Holocaust section. We kept getting dirty looks from people who I'm sure thought we were so disrespectful in such a sacred place. They probably didn't have kids.
|The Jewish Museum. I stole this picture from wikipedia because it was too dark when we left to get a picture. I wish the weather had been this nice when we were there. :)|
We packed a lot in on Saturday. We started out by taking Cam back to the Brandenburg Gate and Tiergarten Park. He fell in love with the park as much as I had. We saw the Holocaust Memorial, too. We headed over to Checkpoint Charlie afterwards. We learned so much in the museum. It's crazy for us to realize the wall was up in our lifetime. After that, we went to see a long stretch of original wall. We happened on an incredible museum that was right by it called Topography of Terror. It's basically a museum about the Nazi reign from 1933-1945 located right where their main offices were. It is horrifying. I was so saddened to learn more about what actually went on under Hitler. Obviously I'm familiar with the Holocaust, but there was so much more. Both Cameron and I really got a lot of out of this museum; we'd never heard of it, so we were lucky to find it.
|Cute Andy in his adult size poncho.|
|Another Brandenburg Gate picture. Poor Andy's hat was on backwards.|
|We love Tiergarten. Wouldn't it be incredible to go on a run here?|
|We found this cool monument in Tiergarten. It's a monument to Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart! If you look close there's bullet holes all over from WWII. Crazy.|
|Miracle of miracles. Andy took a nap on the go! I don't think that's happened since he was 3 months old.|
|Closeup on Checkpoint Charlie sign.|
|Long stretch of original wall in front of Topography of Terror Museum.|
|Andy stretching his little legs in front of the wall.|
After that came the rain disaster. We were on our way to Berliner Dom (a beautiful cathedral). It had been raining all weekend, but all of a sudden came a serious downpour. Umbrellas did nothing. It seriously dumped buckets of water for about two minutes, and then we were soaked. It looked like we'd just showered with our clothes on. I guess normally this wouldn't be a big deal; we'd just go back to the hotel and change, right? Slight problem: we flew on Easy Jet (a budget airline), so we could only bring one piece of luggage between the three of us, which meant Cam and I only brought the pants and shoes and jackets we were currently wearing. So we head back to the hotel. There's not a dryer there or anywhere nearby. We finally decide I'll go to H&M (which is only a couple blocks from our hotel) and buy us some cheap pants. The only problem was that I didn't have anything to wear to H&M. I wasn't about to put back on my soaking wet pants, so I came up with this creative outfit. Yes, I am wearing my sweater as a skirt. And yes, that is Cameron's shirt I'm wearing. We only had a few dry options at this point. Let's just say I got some really strange looks! I couldn't stop laughing either, which made me look even more crazy. Oh well, makes for good memories. :)
|Don't I look beautiful? I wish you could see my boots better because that was really the icing on the cake.|
When we got back out, we headed to see the East Side Gallery. It's the longest remaining stretch of the wall that a bunch of artists painted in 1990 to celebrate the newfound freedom. It's a hip, trendy area. We were pretty cold (perhaps because we were wearing our wet shoes and jackets), but we managed and really enjoyed it.
|You may or may not know that Cam is an awesome juggler. So we had to get a picture of this amazing juggler doing 5 balls!|
|Both sides of the wall.|
We headed to the Reichstag (the parliament building) in the morning and after pleading with several employees, we were lucky enough to get tickets to visit the dome on the top. (Apparently you have to get tickets about 5 hours before you want to go, and we didn't have that kind of time.) The views of the city are incredible! We were so glad it worked out for us to be able to see it. Since we'd missed Berliner Dom the day before, we headed back. It is stunning. There are so many things I love about europe, but the architecture might be top on the list. You just can't find this sort of thing anywhere else.
|The Reichstag. You can kinda see the dome in the back.|
|Inside the dome.|
|Outside the dome.|
|View of Tiergarten from the top of the Reichstag.|
|Berliner Dom. I had to include at least one picture of Andy screaming to keep things accurate.|
|Inside Berliner Dom.|
|One more miracle! He slept for 30 min. of the plane ride home. Perhaps because he didn't get a nap the rest of the day.|
|One last cute picture of Andy. I think the highlight of the trip for him was saying "Hi" (though it sounded more like "eye") into our hotel phone about 100 times a day. Adorable.|