One goes to Berlin to understand, rather than to see – unk. The Berlin Wall (above) was physical evidence of the split between nuclear-armed East and West that threatened to destroy us all during the decades after the end of WWII. My generation was born shortly after Nazi Germany’s surrender, and our lives have  been defined […]

BERLIN: The Joy of In-City Mass Trans

I come to Germany every summer or two to practice German, and one of my favorite “first things” is to reacquaint myself with public transportation. It’s part of learning the culture. In Berlin, light rail, subway, streetcars (trams), buses and even ferries are coordinated by an association of the transit-system owners in Berlin and surrounding […]

BERLIN: Prussian Pleasure Palace

The Hohenzollerns are a dynasty of former princes, electors, kings and emperors of Hohenzollern, Brandenburg, Prussia, the German Empire and Romania, says Wikipedia. Charlottenburg Palace and its extensive garden were built for Queen Sophie Charlotte of the Hohenzollerns. Its oldest section dates to 1695. Frederick the Great updated it in the 1740s. It is the […]