More From Germany …

We are now on our last day in Berlin. Today we will head to the Altes Museum to see, among other wonders, the Bust of Nefertiti. After that, we will walk around the Museum Island again then head to our culminating exhibit, The Topography of Terror, which gives a thoughtful and detailed summary of Nazi Germany from 1933 on. Tonight, we will have our celebratory last meal together at the Restaurant Vienna in our home neighborhood of Kreuzberg.

Highlights of the last couple of days include a day trip to Potsdam to see Sans Souci Palace and its vast grounds; a concert including Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony at the Berlin Philharmonie; and, of course, more prodigious feats of eating.

It has been an exhausting, enlightening, and exciting 10 days in Germany for the students and faculty involved. Many thanks to Mr Gannon and Mr Assaf for supporting this trip, and to Ms Anderson for making it happen!

Here is the group in front of the shell of the Anhalter Bahnhof.

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In front of some slabs of the Berlin Wall at Potsdamer Platz.

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On the KuDamm, with the newly renovated Gedachtniskirche in the background.

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On the way to the Pergamon Museum.

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Getting a first glimpse of the Market Gate of Miletus.
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Then vs Now.

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A view of Museum Island and the Spree.

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The Neues Palais in Potsdam.
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A view up the main allee of the grounds at Sans Souci.

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And our last day: cold, dreary, and foggy.

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Greetings from Berlin!

It’s early Friday morning in Berlin. Pace’s group of ten students is currently prowling the ritzy KuDamm and the tony floors of Ka De We looking for the perfect gifts for their loved ones back home. We arrived in Berlin yesterday after a ‘cozy’ ten hour overnight train ride from Munich via Hamburg. After checking in at our beautiful (no, really!) hostel, we took a short walking tour, as always ably and thoughtfully led by Mr Hornor, through many sites of WW II and Cold War significance, including Potsdamer Platz, the Holocaust Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building. Some warm coffee and snacks fortified the group to continue on to Checkpoint Charlie, before returning to the hostel by Berlin’s amazingly smooth and comprehensive subway system. A hearty and delicious dinner at a next-door Greek restaurant prepared everyone for a long night’s sleep.

Our time in Munich was packed with walking around the more historic sections of town, including the Marienplatz and the Odeonplatz; day trips to Dachau and Neuschwanstein; tours of the Alte Pinakothek and other museums; and prodigious feats of eating.

Here’s a shot of the Marienplatz:

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And here’s one of Mr Hornor mesmerizing his audience with amazingly detailed tales of German history.

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Some of our thousands of self-portraits. This is in the Odeonplatz.

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A view of the English Gardens in Munich:

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One of our students enjoying a gargantuan dessert in the Hofbrauhaus.

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Our students in the world-famous Alte Pinakothek.

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And, finally, just in case anyone doubted we were Americans, here is our group of Pace ambassadors in front of the Munich Opera House.

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