Sunday, April 25, 2010

Doing The Reich Thing

Sadly, today is our last full day in Berlin. It was this kind of a day here, sunny and caressing air, and the park outside our apartment (and indeed every park we saw today) were full of people enjoying the spring.

We set out once again to see the Reichstag building, having given up on it earlier in the week. This time the lines were much shorter and we got in - wow, it was sensational! You walk up a ramp inside a dome, with views out over all of the city, and views down into the Bundestag room where the German Parliament meets under the dome. It was spectacular to be up there at the end of our time here, and be able to recognize so many of the places we have visited in all directions in the city. The architecture was phenomenal!!!
After a quick lunch, we wandered over to the Hamburger Bahnhof, a former railroad station now converted into a museum of contemporary art.Their big show was called Bestiarium by Walton Ford, an American born artist who is causing a sensation over here with his huge and cruel and symbolic paintings of animals and birds, all references to the modern culture we share. They had rooms full of his huge paintings, as well as work by Andy Warhohl, Anselm Kiefer (below), Cy Twombly, and so many other familiar modern artists. That was our day! We're pretty worn out, and need to pack up for our journey tomorrow. We are a little triste to be leaving Berlin having barely scratched the surface, but at the same time excited about the destinations ahead of us.

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