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[Berlin] Day 2

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Day 2 in Berlin started off on a serious note with a visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a.k.a. the Holocaust Memorial, a site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field.

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Then, the Topography of Terror, formerly the headquarters of the Secret State Police during the “Third Reich” and now a documentary center.

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Lunch at Mogg & Melzer: Matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwich, and pumpkin salad – delicious.

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Berlin landmarks on the sewer cap.

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Spent a good hour at Mauerpark for flea market, open air karaoke, graffiti, and swings!

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Then, strolled along Oderberger Straße, a lovely street with plenty of shades and cafes.

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On this street is Bonanza Coffee, one of the best coffee roasters in Berlin.

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Bubble makers at Hackesche Markt.

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Aftermath of the war.

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Early dinner at NENI, the restaurant up on the top floor of 25hours Hotel Bikini. The food – a melange of Persian, Russian, Arabic, Moroccan, Turkish, Spanish, German and Austrian influences – was not bad, but the design and the view over Berlin Zoo were definitely what drew me in.

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Right next door, the Monkey Bar, a cocktail hotspot with the same vast field of green as backdrop.

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Tea & T (homemade Earl Grey gin, orange flower water, tonic water) and Park Side Fizz (vodka, orgeat syrup, lemon juice, fresh mint, soda water).

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Finished the day with a concert at the famed Berliner Philharmonie.

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