Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Luckily for us it stopped in the early morning so we could pack up in the dry. We then backtracked to the 20 and rode south and west on the dreaded highway all day in 34-degree heat to get to Berlin.


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    Our green card insurance runs out this week and we need to renew at ADAC. They are the only agents who will do this now. We arrived to the huge ADAC office near the Mitte zone about 2. The agent informed us that there are no ADAC offices in Berlin that sell green card insurance since the end of 2014. The nearest offices are more than 100 km (in almost all directions) away.



    AGH! Well what can you do? So melting in the heat we made our way to the hotel we had booked near the Tiergarden. Driving up the main road we rode up to the Victory Column. This commemorates the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian war of 1866. As we rode up the street a truck pulled up next to us and the passenger yelled out to us with thumbs up “Welcome to Berlin!”



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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After some cold showers and aircon we ventured outside. Near our hotel is the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church, which was heavily damaged in bombing raids in 1943.



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    We walked about 5 km thru the gardens, past the Victory Column, (which since 1864 has commemorated the Prussian victory in the Prussian-Danish War), and to the Bundestag or parliament with its glass -domed roof.



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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Next we headed to the nearby Brandenburg gate. This is one of the original 14 gates to the city. This 18th-century arch is one of the best-known landmarks of Germany. Out front of the gate you can see 2 lines of bricks that mark the location of the Berlin wall that divided the city for almost 30 years.


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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  7. Saralou

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is an example of a “ghost” station on the subway. When the wall was up these stations were not open for access as the trains running here were West Berlin cars that passed under this area in East Berlin. They did offer opportunities for escape to the west however.



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    From here you pass the British, French, and USA embassies, which flank the Brandenburg gate. The Napoleon took the original statue from atop the gate in 1806 and the new one turns her head to eye the French embassy!


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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We just passed by the Memorial for the Jews murdered in the holocaust. It was getting late in the day so we will have to come back here to visit


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    We visited the site of Hitler’s bunker, which is now a parking lot in an effort to “normalize” the site. There is a small plaque erected in the corner for information.


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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We visited the site of the 1952 workers uprising at the last standing of the 3 rd Reich buildings. Being practical the Germans did not tear down this massive building, but repurposed it as a Government office, but of course all insignias have all been removed. The side walls still hold the propaganda painting from the Socialist era.


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    We walked by one of the 3 remaining sections of the Berlin wall. The wall was erected in 3 stages. The first was razor wire and wood, then bricks. The last phase was concrete in an L shape so you could not drive a car thru them. Here there is a memorial to those persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime. The red brick walls are the remains of the basement of the SS prison cells.



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    The wall surrounded West Berlin, but there were a number of checkpoints. The only one that could be used by military personnel and tourists was the checkpoint “C” or “Charlie”. It is now a tourist attraction manned by German actors in USA uniforms.


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    Nice pics!That's such a fantastic world wide ride from which u did relieve youself and gain something u truly want in life----the real freedom.
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    Nice pics!That's such a fantastic world wide ride from which u did relieve youself and gain something u truly want in life----the real freedom.
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    For our last day here we decided to visit the Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. There is a very moving and informative center under ground. The displays are very centered around the individual stories of people and families. Above ground the memorial consists of several thousand stellae of various heights.




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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The afternoon was spent at the Pergamon Museum where some of the treasures from the Middle East can be found. Some of the large facades were heavily damaged in WW2.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Leaving Berlin we were now in search of liability insurance. We had 6 months worth from Mootocamp in Bulgaria. We had a list of ADAC offices that do sell green card insurance. We headed south and west 129 km to Dressau-Roblau. Here we managed to get the last 2 months we needed. It was however much more that from Motocamp in Bulgaria and we will go back to them next year.



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    From here we continued west towards the mountainous Hartz region. Here we found camping at Brocken. One of the towns we passed thru had celebrated its 1000 th anniversary 25 years ago!



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