Sunday, October 3, 2010

Berlin-part 2

We enjoyed our time in the city.  We went on a city tour and learned about the major sites on Friday.  The Dom, the Holocaust memorial, the Brandenburg Gate, the Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, and others.  It was a 4 1/2 hour tour.  The kids did well and were rewarded with a trip to Legoland Discovery Center.  After playmobil it was a bit of a letdown, but they had a good time.

On Saturday we visited museum island.  We toured the Neues, Pergamon, and the Altes museums.  At the Neues we saw Nefertiti, a large exhibit on the stone age, and some excellent Egyptian pieces.  The Pergamon has the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus, and the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon.  We also toured an exhibit on Islamic Art there as Muhammad and Islam are a part of our curriculum this year.  We finished our day at the Altes museum viewing Etruscan and Roman art.  Audio tours made the day for the kids.  We simply saw the highlights of most of the museums.  Tim did great at curbing his usual need for working through the museum slowly and the kids did well.  If anyone had told me we'd see three museums in one day over 6 hours I'd have predicted a major fall out, but they made it through and we were proud of them.  Bribery was involved of course.  After dinner we made a stop by the Lego store and built our own mini-figures.

Luther's Church in Wittenberg
Brandenburg Gate

Berlin Wall

Legoland Discovery Center

Pergamon Gate
Late Saturday night we read on the internet news regarding terrorist threats and a travel advisory being issued on Sunday regarding major European cities.  In the interest of safety we left a little earlier than planned on Sunday.   Its the anniversary of the reunification and a big celebration is planned in the city.  We pray all goes well and these threats don't come to fruition, but most agreed it was best for our group to exercise caution.

I spent several hours on the way home feeling sick, so apparently I am still not over my motion sickness problems.  More research on that one and I am hoping I can track down a wristband here as several of the students tell me they work. 

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