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BERLIN - Day 2

Date: 24th August 2011

BERLIN - Day 2

We went on an interesting river trip passing sites such as the Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament (Wow and wow again - very modern, very extensive and probably very expensive) which were quite stunning and I’m not usually a lover of much modern architecture.

It’s also interesting to be shown where the borders were between East and West Germany and how they’ve erected a bridge connecting the East and West shores of the river.

Went for a walk and was most impressed with the old Mediaeval Cathedral - begun in 1270 with the same kind of elegantly narrow and high Nave as one finds in our own Canterbury Cathedral. One of the most stunning sights is a magnificently over the top 18th Century Walther Organ reputed to be his masterpiece and really does make you catch your breath.

There’s a heavily faded 16th Century fresco depicting The Dance of Death which is preserved behind a huge glass screen. They have a novel way of raising money to restore the Fresco. You can buy a piece of mosaic for €2.50 and then attach it to a rather lovely tableau.

We walked down Unter den Linden - a lovely avenue which as the name depicts is edged with Linden trees - and at the end paid our respects to the Brandenberg Gate originally built as a triumphal arch. It’s had a chequered history with the Quadriga Statue having been purloined by Napoleon and then, when returned, has been faced in both directions. Look up the history on the Internet.

In the evening, my friends took me to a ‘Cabaret’ at a delightful venue called the Bar Jeder Vernunft. It is referred to as a Tent because the inside has material draped from the ceiling to it’s octagonal sides. It was very atmospheric and we were packed in cheek by jowl.
It wasn’t really a Cabaret rather a two hander musical creation about a couple on a park bench - Zwei auf einer Bank. There were real live musicians including a harpist and the acting was superb. I’m told that the thespians were two of the most highly regarded actresses in Berlin - Katharina Thalbach playing a man and Andreja Schneider. Obviously a good fifty percent of the show was over my head as I only have school German and the jokes were totally lost on me but it was a great experience.

The Houses of Parliament - didn't they do well!

BERLIN - Day 2

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