Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010: Chocolate, Chocolate, and More Chocolate

After we had breakfast with the crowds of tourism students, we walked, and we walked… past the chocolate factory to the Neue Wache where a soldier and a concentration prisoner/victim were buried together with a Pieta (Mother Mary holding the dead body of Christ – a replica of Cathe Kollwitz’s Pieta) as a memorial. Inscribed in the floor are the words “To the victims of war and tyranny.” The Pieta is exposed to the elements because it is under an open dome to the sky. Next we went to the Egyptian museum. The highlights of this museum included the bust of Queen Nefertiti, the most beautiful queen, the golden hat, the bronze boy (chasing Alexander), Roman dice, and writings of music, magic, and religion on papyrus. At the German History Museum, highlights included wedding dresses and crowns from 1700’s, the heavy chain mail and armor of German knights, a picture of soldier training school, and porcelain figurines. At the Pergamon Museum, we saw Greek, Babylonia, and Islamic antiquities, including two Greek temples, one Greek archway, Nebuchadnezzar’s archway, a model of the Tower of Babel, and a prayer alter from 1200 of the Islamic faith which stated that “There is no God, but one God”. We walked through the famous Humboldt University and then enjoyed the Ritter Sport Chocolate Factory and museum. At the Ritter Sport chocolate factory, people were allowed to choose the ingredients for their own chocolate. We bought 9 chocolate bars. Then we went to the Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers. We were amazed to see chocolate models of the Titanic, Brandenberg Dome, the Berliner TV tower, and the Reichstag, an active volcano, a Mercedes Sports car, and many Easter eggs, one being almost a metre tall. From here we headed home. Alexander and Dad went searching for gourmet food and surprised us with a number of delicious cold seafood salads.

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