Berlin (see links to pictures below)
I'd always wanted to see Berlin without exactly knowing why: probably because Nefertiti was there. I found a good package deal flying from CDG to Berlin and including a rather remote hotel, on Expedia, and happily settled in at the Hotel Winter, which, though remote, was comfortable enough - and even had an access point for my laptop!
My first morning I took the walking tour recommended by many, then met my friend Carla who had come down from Hamburg to meet me. Between the tour and the indefatigable Carla, I saw quite a lot of Berlin in one day! We even ended the day at the Berlin Philharmonic hearing Simon Rattle conducting a marvelous concert production of Cosi Fan Tutti with Cecilia Bartoli.
My Berlin education continued the next day when Carla and I visited to the Museum of Ancient Musical Instruments for a concert and then took an excursion out to Charlottenberg and the Egyptian Museum, where I did indeed see Nefertiti and a great many other magnificent pieces as well, and rather improbably had lunch at a Mexican restaurant.
The next day was Monday, when museums are closed, and since I'm interested in zoos in any event, I was happy to spend almost the entire day visiting the great old Berlin zoo and the aquarium, and finally made a return visit to the Ka-de-We department store for souvenirs. Carla had returned home to work.
My last day, Tuesday, was reserved for the Museums I'd missed so far, and I went to the Pergamon Museum - incredibly impressive! and all other open museums on Museum Insel - finally ending up at Checkpoint Charlie.
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And so I returned home. I've put together some pointers and links to helpful sites here.