A short tour of the Rhine on a beautiful day!
After an afternoon swinging through the trees, our arms were falling off!
Day II – Our City Tour took us to all the sights: Brandenburg Gate, the wall, Olympic Stadium, Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial, and Sans Souci.
The East Side Gallery – remnant of the Berlin Wall.
In front of the Brandenburg Gate
The Holocaust Memorial
In front of the Reichstag, Germany’s Parliament
Sans Souci, Summer palace of Frederick The Great
We left for Berlin this morning, being pelted by heavy rains. The closer we got, however, the more the weather improved. Along the way, we stopped at the old East West order crossing at Marienborn. Perhaps nothing epitomised the Cold War and the division of Europe better than this location, the “iron curtain.”
Museumsdorf Cloppenburg, an open-air museum near Löningen, documents rural life in the 18th and 19th century in northwestern Germany. The founders, beginning in the 1930’s, dismantled these old structures before they were lost to time, relocating and rebuilding them on their present site. Life was very hard for most – not enough food, too much disease, and very high mortality rate. Only the land owners, the rich few, had enough land to make ends meet. The others had few good options – try to survive, marry well, or go to America. We were able to make connections to our experience at the Auswandererhaus in Bremerhaven.
We left on Friday morning, 8:00 am, for a college visit in Oldenburg. We spent most of the day with our German partners attending lectures, presentations, and information sessions for those interested in attending this recognized university. We arrived back at Copernicus Gymnasium at about 3:00 o’clock and saddled up for our 25-kilometer bike ride through the villages and countryside. It all culminated in a wonderful cook-out at the home of the Albers Family. What a great day!