Friday, July 1, 2016

Walking in Berlin

Berlin is a large, vivid city with plenty to see. Today we put about 13K steps on our iPhones visiting some of the most interesting sites.

Start with last night, when the setting sun silhouetted one of the many cranes still building Berlin.

This morning, walking down Karl-Liebknecht-Stra├če, 
we saw this giant photo portrait set against the TV tower.

East German communism is not completely forgotten, 
as witness this statue of Marx and Engels in a park.

And look closely at this model worker: he has Che Guevera in the palm of his hand.

Near the Marx-Engels park is a big construction site. These large, colorful
pipes carry water away from the excavations.

Trains, subways, elevated streetcars, and ground-level trams are all nicely integrated in the Bahnhofs.

These mannequins in St. Mary's Church are meant to interpret
the old, faded frescoes on the wall behind

A priest at the ornate Berlin Cathedral (Protestant) meditating after delivering a sermon.

We encountered some talented street musicians, including this mandolin & guitar player

and this singer.

Walking along the banks of the River Spree, I was struck by the dyed hair 
against the black and colored chairs.

One of our goals for the day was to visit the Neue Synagogue, partially
reconstructed after decades of ruin. Its golden dome is in the distance.

Enlargement of a photo of the male members of the former congregation, with the tops of 
stained glass windows (the synagogue was Reform) in the background.

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