May 26-31, 2017: A Visit With Jeffie in Prague
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May 19-25, 2017:
A Week in Berlin, Germany


For some time, the Ruckmans (Prudence and Ron) and the Gleims (Nancy and Karl) have been planning a European vacation. They would spend five days in London, five days in Paris, and five days in Berlin. They invited Fred and I to accompany them, but the length of time was a bit much and we'd already been to London and Paris. We decided, however, to join them for their stay in Berlin and then, when they headed home, we would go to Prague to see my niece Jeffie who's been living and working there for almost two years- fulfilling our promise that we would come visit.

In researching ways to get to Berlin and home from Prague, we found that the most economical flights were to be found on Turkish Airlines out of Miami. The outbound leg would be Miami-Istanbul-Berlin; the return leg would be Prague-Istanbul-Miami. (We'd get from Berlin to Prague by train.) Since stopovers in Istanbul were allowed, we decided to take this opportunity to see a city that I doubt we would otherwise have ever visited.

The album pages in this section will be devoted to our time in Berlin- including our trip to get there.

Friday-Saturday, May 19-20 Our Trip to Berlin
Saturday, May 20 Berlin Orientation; An Evening Walk
Sunday, May 21 Berlin Hauptbahnhof; The Reichstag; Brandenburg Gate; Unter den Linden; Museum Island; Alexanderplatz; Tiergarten/Victory Column; The Group Arrives
Monday, May 22 The Reichstag; Brandenburg Gate; Wilhelmstrasse; Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe; Hitler's Bunker; The Berlin Wall; Checkpoint Charlie; The Gendarmenmarkt
Tuesday, May 23 The Alte Nationalgalerie; The Gallery District; The Pergamon Museum
Wednesday, May 24 Trip to Dresden; Dresden Guided Tour; Neumarkt; Dresden Walk; The Frauenkirche Dome; Return to Berlin
Thursday, May 25 Potsdam Tour; Spree River Cruise; Museum Island; The Tiergarten; Hotel Am Steinplatz

We did so many things in Berlin, and took so many pictures and movies, that putting them all on one album page would make that page unwieldy, and so, as I have done before, there will be a page for each day of our stay in Germany's capital. At left is an index to these pages so that you can jump directly to the one that might interest you. Of course, you can also begin with the first page and go day by day through the entire trip.

Each day page will have a link that will bring you back here, where you will find the buttons that will enable you to continue through the photo album.