Even if the weather was perhaps not the best we still got to enjoy a lot of Berlin's famous sights. We passed by the grand Olympic stadium that was built in the 1930:ties. We drove past the big round about with the angel statue in the middle.
In the mornings we walked to the bakery and bought fresh bread. Both me and C really fell for the pretzels. Kind of like bagels but with salt and shaped differently of course.
Rein and Gisela live in West Berlin but we did drive to East Berlin as well. One of the things that you find in East Berlin that is not found in West are trams. All the trams were removed from the West but kept in the East. So if you see tracks for trams it is a good sign that you are in the East. We also checked out this really cool painting that is done right on the wall of this house by one of Berlin' s famous painters. You got this picture of this huge ship that appears to just come out between the buildings. It is really very well made and does trick the eye. You almost want to walk up to the building wall and touch it to make sure it is not real. Very cool!
We went to the pub that is known for having the oldest beer tap in the city. Berlin is full of small pubs. You can easily find them in almost every corner. "Kneipe" we learned is the name of these kind of pubs.
The Germans also are known for creating and liking some very special blends of beer and soda. They like to mix beer with Sprite for instance. I don't remember the name of that mix. It is perfectly normal to order a soda&beer mix. You can order what is known as "Disel" that is beer mixed with Coke. It sure looks like some kind of liquid motor oil.
If you love sausages and beer you will love Germany. This seems to be the main diet of the country.
We had time to visit the big and very fancy department store called KaDeWe. This is like Nordstrom in the States or like NK in Stockholm only bigger, better and a lot more fancy. There was a large section of just beautiful Christmas decorations.
Lot's of Christmas decorations and lights outside as well.
At the top floor of of KaDeWe there is a large food market section. Of course very fancy with lots of gourmet treats. You can find bottles of wine from every year and some very rare vintage bottles like this one from 1920 for 995 Euros.
We were told that Santa does not bring the Christmas gifts to the kids but instead Angels come with the Christmas gifts.
I just had to take a picture of this Calvin Klein shop window. They had actual people as models. They moved around changing poses and waving a little to people as they passed by on the street. I would say this sure catches your attention. They both had the most awesome and perfect bodies.
I would say we mananged to see and enjoy a lot of Berlin this Saturday as we also had been to the nice Christmas market earlier.