Monday, July 11, 2011


Berlin was a whirlwind tour for us as we had very little time with our feet on the ground.  The ship docked at Warnemünde, a three hour bus trip from Berlin.  We had six hours in Berlin (with one hour devoted to lunch).  We were kept busy and the tour company tried to show us much of the city.

The drive to and fro was interesting and I would love to return to tour independently, Andrée interested?  :)
Schloss Charlottenburg where we had fifteen minutes at the gate after our Berlin Tour Guide met us.
Siegessäeule, the victory column as seen from the bus.
Brandenburger Tor - Brandenburg Gate as seen from the bus.  We did not get to step out of the bus here, sad really.
Berliner Dom - the Berlin Cathedral, we were able to get out of the bus here for ten minutes.
Then we went on a boat tour on the River Spree.  This is the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) otherwise known as the pregnant oyster.
Fernsehturm Berlin - the tallest structure in Germany.  The television tower as seen from the bus.
Berlin's River Spree where we took a river cruise.
Statue of an American who walked the Berlin Wall daily as a protest to it being built.
Checkpoint Charlie - for tourists, not the real one of course, is in the Checkpoint Charlie area as seen from bus.
I have been to Berlin before and know there are far prettier sections of the Berlin Wall to see but this is what we were shown from the bus.
KaDeWe - Berlin's equivalent of London's Harrod's. The department store where I bought my Falke camino walking socks, the best!

Leaving Berlin we cruised through the Kiel Canal towards Harwich, England.  When I woke at 0525 the weather was clear but by the time I was up on deck the mist arrived, it cleared later.  We had some beautiful views of Germany.  

I was on the top deck as the sun came up, oh it was so beautiful.
A fisherman, what a tranquil scene .....
Here comes a bridge, phew are we going to make it under the low bridge?
Maybe, maybe not .... it looks close.
Oops, I forgot about the funnel .... it went under the bridge easily.
The Netherlands is not the only country in Europe with old windmills, this looks such a lovely peaceful setting.
It is so green and beautiful here .....

This ship and the next shared the lock .... that is how big the locks are.

This ship shared the lock with M/V Discovery.  I enjoyed going through the Kiel Canal and now want to go along the Panama Canal.


  1. Anonymous2:05 AM CDT

    Poor you...... and I am refering to the six hours in Berlin...... we had six days (hihihi) and that was also too short. There is so much to be seen there. I go on reading the blog, just wanted to comment this immediately. Besos V+K

  2. It was poor me, but my love you know that I have spent a week in Berlin in 2007. We should all return to Berlin together some time. Perhaps our other sister will join us, that would be nice. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Love, Luiza