20 January 2008

Berlin-Day Three

This morning greeted us with downpours, but we didn't let that rain on our parade!  Before our trip, I had asked Mom if she and Dad would mind watching Isaiah for a few hours, so Thomas and I could have a date.   I really had to twist her arm, but she agreed! (a little sarcasm, perhaps?)

Thomas and I enjoyed most of the day together, just the two of us.  We rode the U-bohn, Berlin's metro system, and we discovered that it is possible for a metro to go quickly and smoothly and quietly all at the same time while also not smelling terrible--who'd have thought?  We were really impressed with the Berliner Dom (pictured above left), a Protestant Evangelical Lutheran cathedral constructed for Wilhelm II (I think those facts are accurate).  One ironic thing about this cathedral that Thomas pointed out to me was the fact that there are statues of Zwingli and Calvin and a few other reformers, all of whom were vehemently opposed to any icons or pictures in churches!

Despite the rain we walked around a good bit to see the Brandenburg Gate and the memorial for the Holocaust victims, which is one of the most interesting memorials I've ever seen. (pictured below right)
Wanting to get some authentic German food, we hopped back on the U-bohn and rode a litt
le bit out of the downtown area before finding a nice quiet spot with really good schniztel!  Then it was back to the hotel just in time to hear all about Isaiah's time with Grandma and Grandpa before putting him to bed.  While the time with Thomas was wonderful, I have to admit that even during those few hours, I really missed the Little Man (and I think Thomas did, too!).  I'm thankful though that he could have such a great time with his grandparents.

Tomorrow we have a special treat:  A trip to Wittenburg where Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church!

1 comment:

js said...

I'm jealous! I would love to go to Germany to see all the famous sights. Well, I might be there a good while if was going to see ALL of them! :) Actually, I would enjoy traveling around a majority of Europe. When I'm rich...... Hehe!
BTW-Are you trying to say the subway cars in Russia don't smell too good? I don't know what you are talking about!(I'm laughing out loud right about now. BLAH!)
I am so glad you have a blog so I can read and see what you are experiencing.