11.10.2015 - 11.10.2015 9 °C
Woke to sad news that my Uncle Bobby (Dad's younger brother) had passed away in Margaret River - spoke to Mum who was pretty upset - the biggest downside of getting older, losing those you love. Went to St Hedwig Cathedral to light a candle & say a prayer for him & other loved ones lost.
Skyped the boys to find out what they are up to & to ensure the house was still standing.
Today we caught quite a number of trains & walked numerous stairs - giving my knees a good workout. First stop was East Side Gallery (graffiti Berlin Wall) - an amazing spectical of graffiti art along a huge section of the wall - Ian took numerous photo's (refer to our photo's). We walked along this for quite a while & then stopped for lunch along the Spree River. It was so cold when out of the sun, I had heaps of layers on & still froze.
From here we caught more trains & headed to Bernauer Strasse (Berlin Wall Monument). This gives you a clear layout of the two walls erected & the lengths East Berlin went to, to stop people trying to get to West Berlin. It clearly shows the walls, sentry tower, lights & signal barriers - they also buried iron type spikes in the ground, so if they jumped off the wall they would be injured & not able to continue. The garden area shows how the walls were erected through a cementary & describes how they don't think all the bodies had been removed - they have erected a few crosses for these people.
We then ventured back to Brandenburger Tor (Gateway) & walked back to Alexander Platz & headed home for a break.
Headed out for dinner at a nearby pub to try German schnitzel $ then caught a train back into the city to view more sites with the Festival of Lights - amazing seeing so many people out so late on a Sunday night.