Berlin, Germany, February 16, 2010
Off-season travel to Europe is a bargain, not entilrely surprising given what is off about the season. There were a couple of inches of snow on the ground. Berliners do not believe in clearing their sidewalks after it snows. Instead they shovel a path, and leave the rest of the snow to turn into a layer of ice on which they scatter gravel, I assume until spring. Temperatures were around freezing around the clock, cloudy to partly cloudy skies, occasional snow flurries or drizzle. Wearing a sweater, blazer, and winter topcoat, I was never too warm outdoors.
Perhaps due to the initial flight delay and missed connection, our hotel room was available and we could unpack.
Central Berlin spreads east to west, with a main street (under several names) running through it. Our hotel was in Charlottenburg, to the west, on Bismarckstrasse as that main street is called there. If you go straight east that main street runs through the Tiergarten, Berlin's central park, then through the Brandenburg Gate, and becomes Unter den Linden in Mitte, to the east.