Tip three: Discuss Holiday ideas with those who live in the area. That’s my uncle! Consider Rick Steves guidebooks for additional information . I like his books.
Sitting in my Uncle Peter’s small, but efficient flat in the Charlottenburg borough of Berlin, we studied very old photos. He lived within minutes of the largest surviving royal palace in Berlin actually called Charlottenburg. Sharing these pictures brought him happiness yet also caused him such consternation. He recalled as a boy how he and my mom ran to the castle for protection when the city was being bombed by the Russians. While hiding and playing on the grounds, he did not comprehend WWII.
After WWII was drawing to an end, he was sent by my Oma to her sister’s in Austria. Separations in family were common in those days. Also, in his early teens he was left again by his mother who had to travel to Iran. My own mother was allowed to go. Peter felt like an orphan. It was apparent to me he had not recovered from perceived abandonment issues.
After several hours of looking at photo albums, we stopped. My uncle was in pain pointing to his mouth. A scheduled tooth extraction was in his near future. He was tired, but we continued to speak about Berlin. He especially was familiar with The Hollow Tooth which I found ironic since he had just spoken to me about his own tooth issues. Germans call the devastation of Kaiser Wilhelm Church not too far from my uncle’s home The Hollow Tooth. The church had all but been destroyed and was just a shell of itself due to fires from the bombing all around it. As my uncle’s tooth was about to be pulled due to decay, this church reminds the Germans of the bombs’ destruction.
After my visit with my uncle, the next day I took the train to this church which is near one of the best shopping areas in the world. The KaDeWe is an experience you do not want to miss if you are looking for some great shopping. It spans 60,000 square meters and is known all over the world for luxury retail.
Spending my time in Berlin has been fascinating and I must add my timing could not have been more perfect. I had two weeks vacation and only one day of rain. This is quite unusual for Germany, but I was so happy that happened to me. It made the trip that more pleasant. I ended up buying a few nice warm sweaters while I was in this area. I am so surprised with the wonderful colors of fabric I do not see in the United States. I recommend anyone that can buy something special for yourself while you are in Germany. I do think you will be so happy you did when you arrive home. It will help you remember with fondness your trip and that you bought that special something in the heart of Berlin’s shopping district.
Now it is off to visiting family again. Below is one of my Uncle Peter’s Grandsons. What a great way to enjoy the city through the eyes of a young person, however, he was more interested in American politics. I tried hard to not talk about it, but the young ones of the world will be making policy very soon! SO– I took the time on that note and gave my best advise on how to lead a country with moral and upright standards and to treat all citizens fairly. We had fun and got along smashingly! I love our Generation Z!!!!!
See you all next time on my fourth tip on visiting the beautiful city of Berlin!