Well, not really the last tourist day, but Chris goes back to work tomorrow, so we're ending our vacation.
|Ticket machine (right)|
and validator (left)
Now that we have the U-Bahn ticket system down (for now), we buy tickets successfully and the first time (the bill intake is now working, so that helps a lot). And we don't need to transfer, so it's straight away to Potsdamer Platz (another renovation created over rubble left behind from the Berlin Wall and the SED reign).
|Part of the Berlin Wall painted by Noir.|
We lunched in the "food court" and paid 50 cents to use the bathroom. So, if you want to ride the U-Bahn or use a bathroom, you MUST have small coins in your wallet! Keep those coins! I used to think it was important for parking at the library, but now... it's to make sure I can use a bathroom when needed! Thought: This sure seems like a way to punish those of us with small bladders. Unfair, I say.
|At the Sony Center. Part of the fountain is "hovering" in the air, seems very futuristic (middle).|
|Embarrassing receptacles for the slushies (left)|
Venice in a square (don't ask?)
As we ponder these questions, we get a slushy from the local movie theatre, also taking note that Minions might be playing there now or soon, and perhaps we can actually see it there! The Sony center has a big movie theatre and most (if not all) are playing in English.
|More of the Sony Center, including its ceiling.|
Next on our walking tour is Checkpoint Charlie. Not the original, but a recreation of the original, complete with actors posing as guards asking for people's passports. Posing for pictures with you (for a fee) if you like. And of course, my favourite juxtaposition, McDonalds in the background. And P.S. I'm pretty sure those soldiers holding the U.S. Flag are NOT from the USA.
There is a "block-sized" exhibit across the street that we visit (much to the kids' impatience, it was hot in the sun). A quick look around for Chris and me, before moving on.
Next? Nespresso! Back to try more flavours and buy more capsules. We aren't out yet, but wanted to get more flavours. But we waited too long for our free shots, as the line got super long (I guess people know about the complimentary espressos and cappuccinos!)
So, we skipped it, after all, and just bought our capsules and headed down the street to our final destination of the day (the kids' dangling carrot finally achieved), Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt (colourful chocolate world?) Oh. My. God. The chocolate was overwhelming. Large. Lots. Crowds. Smells gooooood!
|Ingredients for Chris and Diana's creations (left)|
Our chocolatier getting the bubbles out (left-middle)
The many chocolate bars we got for less than 12 Euros and the chocolate spout (right-middle)
Meine Schoko Kreation (right)
The last thing of the day was to send the kids home (from the U-Bahn station) and Chris and I went to the Lidl market to get a few items. I am shopping a lot by picture. Thank goodness for pictures! So, I bought meat that had a picture of a cow and a pig on it, guessing it's either ground beef or a combination of beef and pork. Either way, it'll work!
Stop me, I've eaten half my custom bar!