Kudamm has been the old centre...
Kudamm has been the old centre of Berlin-West, so this has moved to the old wall-area, Berlin-Mitte now is in the real centre of (whole) Berlin, and this Sony-ball has been changed from Kudamm to an huge glas-architecture in Berlin-Mitte !
Berlin has a big gay, lesbian...
Berlin has a big gay, lesbian & bisexual scene. So, of course they have a parade of their own here on 'CHRISTOPHER STREET DAY' (23rd June). It's the largest gay-lesbian-bi demonstration of diversity and self-confidence in Europe!!!
More fotos and information about CSD Berlin - here!
German Air Force Museum
The Luftwaffen Museum is one of the best aviation museums I have ever visited. The collection is located on the former RAF Station at Gatow-Berlin. As well as the outside exhibits the rest of the collection is located in 2 hangers and the control tower. The total exhibition covers so much area that unusually you are allow to cycle or roller skate to the different areas. There are 100 aircraft on display outside as well as rockets and their ancillary equipment. There are aircraft from different countries such the Tornado from the UK, F4 Phantoms and the F104 Starfighter from the USA and numerous Mig types from the former USSR. The museum also covers the history of military aviation in Germany and has a Messerschmitt Bf 109, an 88 mm gun and a 3 wheel rota enigma machine. If you like military history this museum is a must visit place. The final plus is its also free to enter including the guide.
To get to the base by public transport I went Spandau Railway Station. I then caught the # 135 bus in the direction of Alt-Kladow. It is about a 20 minutes ride and you go out into the countryside. The road is fairly straight for some distance and when it turn off to the left look out for Seekorso/Luftwaffenmuseum bus stop. It is about a 15 minute walk and it is well signposted.
A Chocoholic's Paradise
Close to Gendarmenmarkt there is this chocolate store, any chocoholic's dream. Inside you can admire the Brandenburger Gate in chocolate, only to look at, though,not for sale.
But of course there are lots and lots of different chocolates to buy, from a single, small piece of chocoloate to large boxes.This was a good place to get some gifts, for family and friends at home as well for myself.
They also tell you where the cocoa beans came from and sell chocolate from various countries, something that's called plantation chocolate.
Prices start at 30 cents, up to about 25 Euro.
You have to stick with strict German rules!
Her girlfriend sent her off to the train station after the meet and both were still in the mood of talking before the train arrived.
She quickly jumped into the train while waving her hands by saying goodbye to her friend. While sitting down, she naturally returned the smile to the lady on the opposite seat. In a minute, a very big and strong German guy stood in front of her. While Doll Doll was still in the mood of thinking the nice moment spent together, she smiled again to the guy naturally till she realized she encountered the ticket man.
'Where is your ticket?'
Darn, she totally forgot this (as she had not got used to the german ticket rule which was very different from the train in Shanghai which you needed to buy the ticket first to pass through the gate. However, in Germany, you needs to be self-disciplined to buy the ticket on the machine and make the stamp. If no one comes to check your ticket and you are trying to escape the rule, the chance is high.) She explained the situation to the ticket man and his officer as they also saw Doll Doll said goodbye to her friend on the platform. Occasionally, there was another young girl standing next to Doll Doll whom also did not buy the ticket.
So four persons all jumped off in the next station. Doll Doll kept explaining to both officers that it's her second time to take German train and forgot to buy the ticket, and even showed them the passport. However, the ticket man questioned: no one controlled in your country? (Darn, if they ever saw the situation in China, they would undrstand the difference).
After a few minutes, one officer said the best deal they could make is to seperate the penalty which was about 20euro for each person (40euro as the official penalty). Doll Doll realized that German were strict or even stubborn with their rule and needed to pay for this innocent lesson. Though the young girl next to her cried to display her innocence, Doll Doll knew herself probably the most innocent one on this special case. Later she paid 20euros and even bought another ticket to get on the next train (she let the young girl took the penalty receipt as she was the student).
However, the later encounter was the most impressive German smile that she never had before.
As soon as she got on the next train and sat down, a young, sunshine, cute-looking german guy sat on the opposite seat and happily chatted with his friend. When both eyes naturally encountered, he suddenly delivered a very big smile to Doll Doll, which made Doll Doll smiled with the shyness (She never experienced this kind of smile in the past). Train moved, her eye-sights naturally wondered, till to the opposite seat again, all the sudden, the german guy gave her another big sunshine smile. And then Doll Doll shily smiled hard, which even aroused the smile from another guy sat next to her. She did not dare to look at the opposite seat again, but you know, she could not twist her head all the time. Again, the third time, when the eyesights encountered, the biggest warm and sunshine smile delivered by the guy. Doll Doll smiled, smiled, smiled, while biting her lips to control the face expression.
When the train stopped, that lovely german guy stood up and happily said "Tschuess(bye)" to Doll Doll and then Doll Doll happily returned with the same words.
Doll Doll remembered all those tiny, but truly beautiful moments that encountered during her trip in Germany.
P.S. There are no photos to display those lovely and beautiful moments as Doll Dol could not take just for VT, and it's more natural.
You need to always remember to buy the ticket from the auto-served machine and stamp it - also one way ticket is available for the next 2 hours which means as long as you come back within 2 hours for one-way ticket, you have no need to buy another ticket. If you can not figure out the ticket rule and different prices at the beginning, just ask any of them as Germans are very friendly to offer the help - at least Doll Doll encountered none whom felt reluctant to offer the help to her.