We left Prague this morning and continued our journey north. About two hours north of Prague we stopped in Dresden, Germany. Dresden was in East Germany prior to the reunification.
This city was almost completely destroyed during the bombings of World War II.
Even though the buildings look quite old. They were all reconstructed after 1945.
I think the building above is the opera house. We didn't have a guide in Dresden. We were given 90 minutes of free time to walk around prior to lunch.
After our German lunch at a local restaurant we continued on to Berlin where we will be for the final two nights before boarding the ship on Friday. We got to our very modern hotel, the Concorde, at 3:30. This evening we took a very interesting tour with an outstanding local guide. We drove past this DC-3 used in the Berlin air lift.
We visited the Holocaust Memorial which consists of some 700+ concrete blocks of various sizes.
We visited a memorial to the resistance against Hitler. Below is the where those involved were shot by firing squad. If you saw the movie Valkerie (spelling?) this is where the final scene really took place.
Next we visited one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall. There were really two walls separed by the death strip where you were shot if making it past the first wall.
We had an excellent guide. It was very interesting listening to his own personal experiences. Below is some ugly guy standing in front of the wall.
We have another tour of Berlin tomorrow morning and then we'll have the rest of the day to explore on our own.
Kind of a short report today. After three days of nice weather it rained all day again today. This morning we had a morning tour of Berlin. Our first stop was at Checkpoint Charlie.
Below is the famous Brandenburg Gate. It is the only gate still standing in Berlin.
And the most famous site of all is below. The hotel window that Michael Jackson dangled his baby from.
After the morning tour I walked around the neighborhood where our hotel is located. This is the busiest shopping district on the continent of Europe. I walked through Europe's largest department store, the Ka De We. The grocery store on the sixth floor is amazing.
I spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the hotel. This evening is the farewell dinner for this 8-day pre-cruise tour. Below is a picture of my hotel.
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