We had a nice breckie at the apartment this morning and planned our day to make sure we fitted everything in that we wanted to try and see. Mum had read about a flea market that we decided to do first but unfortunately this was quite dissapointing because it was pretty much non exisitent. We don't know wether it was the time of the year or some other reason but there wasn't much happening here. We caught the underground which was the first time we had done this so that was a different experience and we came across an amazing wall that was filled with artistic grafiiti that surrounded a stadium of some kind. At first we thought it might have been part of the Berlin Wall but we later realised that it wasn't. It was nice to walk around this part of the city but we didn't want to waste too much time so we headed back to where we had come from to find a bus to Brandenberg Gate.
We walked from Brandenberg gate to the site of Hitler's Bunker. There was really only a sign telling the story of the time, which we read, then we carried on till we reached Checkpoint Charlie. Mum had told us about her experience in the 70's when they had to pass through Checkpoint Charlie where they were searched and had to remove everything from the van they were travelling in. The officers even held mirrors under the vehicle to ensure there was nobody strapped underneath. It was a place that Mum was very keen to return to and I found the history and information extremely interesting. There were parts of Berlin Wall with artwork painted on them which all seemed to have a story to tell.
We then counted on the boys to sort out our mode of transport back to have a late lunch at a restaurant near the river because we wanted to walk along the remainders of Berlin Wall afterwards. We came across a nice Indian restaurant called Sadhu which was truely perfect for our last meal together. We were so impressed with the food and prices in Berlin! So cheap!
So after our meal we wandered across the bridge and walked 'The Wall' which was facinating. The artwork was incredible and meaningful and was a great way to finish our weekend. We hopped on a train then a tram back to the apartment and had about half an hour to kill before Andrew and I had to leave and catch a train to Schoneburg Airport to get get on a plane back to London.
What a fantastic weekend we have had! I definitely want to return to Berlin some day and can't wait to see Mum and John again in London on Friday! YAY that it wasn't 'goodbye!!!!' - It was 'see you next weekend!!!!' AWESOME! More special times ahead on the other side of the World!