Catch up on this trip...
After a few days of Very Important History touring, we're dialing it back a bit. This morning, we've learned about the joys of menemen (Turkish scrambled eggs) at La Fiamma near our hotel. Then, it's off to the nearest U-Bahn station at Bulowstrasse.
It's only three stops to our destination, the Berlin Zoo, just a short walk from the Zoologischer Garten Station on the U2 line. I also notice that the Hertz rental car office is across the street, which will come in handy in a few days.
The entrance to the zoo is Chinese themed. Once inside, it's broad avenues and pathways provide easy access for Tim's wheelchair to gently cruise through the park. We pause at a convenient bench near the entrance to get our bearings and look at the zoo map.
Laid out in a large circle with various spokes running through the middle, we turn off into the primate area first.
The colorful macacques are in the first enclosure while a moping orangutan is next door.
Letty is taken with the chimp mom with a tiny baby on her back.
Tim and I take in the mountain gorillas and capuchins.
A small mountain is full of, what else, mountain goats.
Elephants browse their enclosure while giraffes ignore them across the way.
In the middle is a very large and fun looking playground for the kids with the ever-present biergarten next to that for the adults.
The lions and other big cats are inside their houses being fed so we get to hear a few good roars before their handlers shoo them back into their outdoor enclosures.
Before leaving, it's hot and we have some ice cream on a quiet bench. I look over my should and see an impala a few feet away looking at it hungrily.
Back on the U-Bahn, we head to the other end of Tiergarten...the vast, main, central park of the city...and hike a little along the banks of the river.
Soon, we exit that path into the driveway of a large, white palace. This is Bellevue, the official residence of the country's president, Joachim Gauck as of this writing (Angela Merkel is Chancellor).
No tours are available but we do notice a sign for an upcoming Open House...I guess this is the opportunity to see inside if you're interested.
Across the street, we enter the vast park and wander in the general direction to the south edge, where we can make our way back to the hotel.
First, we pass by the Victoria peace monument and a few naked Germans taking in the sun.
Next, it's through the heavily forested grounds until we come upon a small lake with...what else...a biergarten on it's shores.
We take advantage of the relaxing views to have a little dessert and a brew before calling it a day.
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Photos by Letty Musick
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