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Day 6 - Cruising down the river

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Decided to have a lazy day today.

I got up early and went to a few places that I wanted to see. While it is good to get to these places before the masses arrive, they don't have the same appeal because they are largely devoid of people. Keep falling into the trap of taking photos of buildings and places and not of people.

Went on a 3 hr cruise down the Spree River. All very cruisey.

Afterwards went to the oldest part of Berlin, which is still quite modern and had a leisurely lunch at one of the plazas.

Tonight we are catching up with a friend of Lee-ann. Scott Curry, brother of Lisa Curry-Kenny, who is a music teacher. All very cultural, so must wear my best trackie daks. Turned out a good night as Scott has been living in Berlin for 35 years. Saw the inside of his apartment and the complex so it gave us some insight into the living conditions of some Berliners (96 stairs up and down each day). As with most places in Berlin, there are numerious bars and resturarants that have no outwards signs of life. So you have to know where to go. Scott took us to the "Monkey Bar" because it looks over the Berlin Zoo and in particular the monkey enclosure, where you see the moneys getting up close and personal. Afterwards we wandered up the Kurfurstendamm, which is the premier shopping street in Berlin. Usual high end designer stores and lots of eateries. We popped into a small courtyard bar/resturant just off the main street and it was very pleasant stilling outside in the long twilight drinking and chatting.

It is tonight that I saw a more different side of Berlin. Pervious days I had been up early and and spent most of the day walking around, so fairly tired by dinner time and we did not venture out too far or late at night time. Given this was a Monday night I was constantly surprised at the number of people out and about all socisialising. We caught the bus back across town at 22:30 and the streets and bus where still full of people going about their lives.

All in all I enjoyed Berlin. As you got used to the transport system, it was extremely easy to move around the city. It was not the Berlin of my memory, but time and place stops for no one.

Posted by Neileeann 17:00 Archived in Germany

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