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Europe (July 2004), 1600x1200
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My feet were starting to feel the pain.
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We first went to Niederkirchnerstrasse, where a 200 m segment of the Berlin Wall is kept as it was 15 years ago.
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A closer look at the wall segment.
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And a straight on view. It looks as if there was some destruction of this part before it was preserved.
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There was a large display, called 'Topografie des Terrors,' about the courts of Nazi Germany, and we spent about an hour here.
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We then headed down the street to Checkpoint Charlie, one of the former Wall crossing points controlled by the Americans.
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The famous sign, 'You are leaving the American Sector.' This is actually a replica, I think.
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The checkpoint hut is a replica, but an exact one.
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After that, we took the metro again, this time to Bernaurstrasse, which has a Berlin Wall Memorial, and another portion of preserved wall.
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The Memorial has a vantage point, on the west side. The Berlin Wall was actually two walls, one of the east (top) and one on the west (bottom), with a 'Death Zone' between them.
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Anyone trying to escape by jumping over the east wall had to run through the Death Zone. I believe several people were killed here attempting to flee East Germany.
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In this area, much of the land through which the Wall ran is still empty and unused.
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Another view of the area around the wall segment.
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Eric in front of the Berlin Wall.
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Me in front of the Berlin Wall.
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After that we decided to do something a little happier, and went back to KaDeWe, the huge department store. Here's a small part of the toy section.
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The store directory. It was absolutely the largest single store I've ever been in.
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Eric bought some candy.
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Afterward, we hopped on the metro again, which was pretty empty. Actually, we went the wrong way.
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We ended up at this terminal stop in northern Berlin. It wasn't hard to get on a train going back the way we wanted.
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After a series of trains, we ended up at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in the western part of the city.
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Another look at the stadium, which is still used, mostly for football, by which I mean the kind everyone but Americans play.
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A closeup of the Olympic rings.
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And a closer closeup.
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The train station serving the Olympic stadium.
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The next day we decided to take an Express train to Cologne. We boarded it at Berlin Ostbahnhof, the train station in former East Germany.
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On the train, Eric once again worked on his thesis.
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And a few hours later, we arrived in Cologne, which I will continue to spell as 'Cologne,' rather than this way, since I don't have that funky 'o' on my keyboard.
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Eric mailed home some dirty clothing from the train station.
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The departing train schedule for Cologne's train station.
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Right outside the train station was the main attraction, this huge old gothic cathedral.
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The cathedral was built over the course of about 600 years.
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There was a plaza surrounding the cathedral, which was full of people on a Saturday.
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These musicians were really into it, and were very good.
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We booked a hotel, which was right downtown, and then walked down to the Rhein river nearby.
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Lots of people were strolling along the river.
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Or playing in this fountain.
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Or lounging on the grass.
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After finding some food, we headed back over to get a better look at the cathedral.
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A look at the front of the cathedral. The tiny little spires on the top (best seen on the right) are each more than four meters high.
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