We dubbed the next day “the train day”, because we parked the car and then took the U-Bahn (underground train) everywhere we needed to go. It turned out to be much faster and easier to take the U-Bahn than to take the car and always have to worry about traffic and parking! We enjoyed another amazing day full of interesting sites, good food and ending with an indescribably beautiful surprise from our hostess that we never dreamed of experiencing.
Our sight-seeing itinerary included the famous Brandenburg Gate, the 4.7 acre site of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and a fascinating 2-hour tour of the Berlin Underground which took us through the history and stories of the people who, from October 1961 until 1982, dug more than seventy escape tunnels underneath the Berlin Wall, helping over 300 citizens of the GDR to escape to the West.
From there we made our way to a wonderful restaurant called the Mirchi Singapore Restaurant where we enjoyed delicious curry and other Indian-fusion dishes.
Then Kerstin and Janine took us to the Friedrichstadt Palast, an enormous (in fact the biggest in Berlin) theater, where we watched the incredibly breathtaking show called “Into the Wyld“. With over 100 artists performing, we were mesmerized by this feast for the eyes, combining memorable music, poetic acrobatics and a captivating story-line. There were moments of exquisite beauty that brought tears of gratitude and joy to my eyes…I was profoundly grateful for being there to watch this amazing gift unfold before us! Unfortunately, we were not allowed to use our cameras in the theater, so all I can do is provide a second link here for some tantalizing photos to give you a glimpse of the extravaganza we enjoyed.
So here are the pictures that I DID take throughout the day. Though, again, I was not allowed to take pictures during the 2-hour tour of the Underground either. Hmmm. I apologize for the lack of pictures of both of those big parts of our day, but here’s what I DO have.
A food kiosk in the U-Bahn (underground railway) station. It was difficult to resist.
We were fortunate to have such wonderful breakfasts in the mornings, that even these luscious pastries didn’t tempt us, much. But they’re pretty to look at.
Janine and Kerstin…with Henryk, Janine’s friend in the U-Bahn in Berlin.
Janine and Henryk on the U-Bahn in Berlin
Kerstin with amazing balance in the fast-moving U-Bahn in Berlin
Janine, Kerstin and André in the U-Bahn in Berlin.
André and Sharon in the U-Bahn in Berlin
The U-Bahn station for Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
The U-Bahn in Berlin (notice the artwork on the trains)
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Beautiful detailing atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Another shot of the Brandenburg Gate…lots of people there that day
Henryk, Janine and André at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Sharon and André at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Kerstin, Henryk and André at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
This is the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” in Berlin
(Info from Wikipedia) At the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe site in Berlin, there are 2,711 concrete stelae of various heights, organized in rows, 54 rows going north-south, and 87 rows heading east-west. It was a stark, sobering sight.
A photograph of the plaque at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin
Janine and Henryk mapping our route to the next stop, in the U-Bahn station in Berlin.
Kerstin enjoying some sustenance on the U-Bahn in Berlin
A blurry André, because the U-Bahn is moving so fast.
André and Kerstin heading into Berliner Unterwelten for a tour “under the Berlin Wall”. No photographs were allowed from this point on.
After our 2-hour underground tour, we relocated the car to a parking lot close to the theater we were going to later that night. This gold-domed building was close to where we parked.
Another photo of that gold-domed building, not sure what it is.
Beautiful flowers greet us at the Mirch Singapore Restaurant in Berlin.
The Mirchi Singapore Restaurant in Berlin is spacious and popular, and serves delicious Indian-Asian-fusion food.
Lots of red decor at the Mirchi Singapore Restaurant in Berlin.
Approaching the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin, which boasts itself as having the largest stage in the world.
This is the show we watched that night at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. An extravaganza of music, acrobats and breath-taking dancing, called “Into The Wyld”.
The dance troupe of “Into The Wyld” incorporated their warm-up into the show itself. This is the only time we were allowed to take photos.
Another shot of the cast of “Into The Wyld” warming up, as more cast members join in.
This photo gives a glimpse as to how enormous the theater is, at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin.
Sharon and Kerstin in front of the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin
Last glimpse of the Friedrichstadt Palast in Berlin
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