Our fourth stop on our trip through Europe was Berlin, Germany. I was excited about visiting Berlin because my dad was born there. The city was rich with history, amazing architecture, and great food and drink. Unfortunately, it was rainy for the majority of our visit, but we didn't let that stop us from exploring. We stayed at the luxurious Hotel Adlon Kempinski which - fun fact - is the hotel where Michael Jackson famously dangled one of his children from a window. The hotel was right next the the Brandenburg Gate, an amazing location for sure.

Reichstag Building


Approaching Topography of Terror

Alex is the wurst

Beer stop during a rain shower
Neptune Fountain

Brandenburg Gate

Schloss Charlottenburg

Still-standing section of Berlin Wall

Berlin Cathedral

Corner of Dad's childhood street!
Entrance to Dad's childhood
apartment building

View of Dad's childhood
apartment building

Checkpoint Charlie

Section of Berlin Wall that is still standing

Sanssouci, the former summer palace of
Frederick the Great, King of Prussia


Our third stop on our trip through Europe was Amsterdam. This visit was a treat because it was a window into Alex's past - he worked in Amsterdam for a while several years ago. I got to see all of his old favorite places, and we checked out what was new and different in the city since he had left. We rented an apartment near the center of town and got to exploring. I thought Amsterdam was a beautiful city.

Amsterdam's Train Station

Houses on the water

View from inside a restaurant

Frank Fort!

Along a canal

A parking lot... for bikes.

Alex's name is still on his old mailbox!

Herring anyone?

dinner at an old and rustic restaurant

after dinner drinks at a hole in the wall