Bec has been sick with a mutation of the “airplane flu”. After trying to kill it with cold and flu tablets (called “antigrippine” in Dutch) she still isn’t getting better. We had to take her to a doctor – no mean feat in a country where you don’t know the language. After a few helpful people enjoyed practicing their English, we managed to find one who not only checked Bec out and gave her instructions on how to get better in German with sign language, but also prescribed natural based antibiotics. The best part? He didn’t even charge for the consultation! Really nice guy and so helpful.

After Bec had taken her pills, we were off to do some site seeing. Bec has got the whole public transport thing wired with the help of her iPhone. We caught a train and a bus and ended up at the Reichstag Building.

The Reichstag building was built in 1894 and was basically a government building. It is massive and impressive and a huge tourist attraction.

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After looking at the building and snapping a few photos we stopped for some food and drink (schnitzel and beer) and then headed around the corner to the Brandenburg Gate. It was built in the late 1700s and whilst badly damaged in WWII has been restored.

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From the gate you can see the Victory Column. We decided to walk there through the forest/park and take some more pics. Although it was a long walk on a hot day (around 35 degrees), the forest was cooler and we saw some great stuff along the way.

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From there we caught a taxi back to the gate and walked through the city. We saw some amazing sites, like the square where the famous book burning took place.

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At the Gendarmenmarkt, a square that has a concert hall and a German and French cathedral on either side of it, we were lucky enough to catch some traditional German dancing.

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After that we went to “Museum Island” where there were lots of museums on a island made by the main river through Berlin – the Spree. We didn’t have time to visit inside them, but the buildings themselves were magnificent.

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These photos are only the very edited highlights of what we saw! Another big day planned for tomorrow.

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