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Brendan 王蘇訪港, 香港班友乘機聚一聚, 於星期一(十一月九号)富豪食午飯.
修：指修和，謀求和好。《晉書·慕容超載記》：「﹝ 韓範 ﹞昔與姚興俱為秦太子中捨人，可遣將命，降號修和。」
霜楓：經霜的楓葉，其紅如火。宋 陸游 《醉賦》詩：「霜楓照茅屋，露菊插紗巾。」
酡顏：飲酒臉紅貌。亦泛指臉紅。 唐 白居易《與諸客空腹飲》詩：「促膝纔飛白，酡顏已渥丹。」
By Margot/Clement Ip
Dominic/Cecilia Chan and Clement/Margot Ip traveled together on the Viking Elbe River cruise in September of 2015. The journey began in Berlin, then headed southward through Saxony in former East Germany, and ended in Prague of Czech Republic. The following narrative describes, in chronological order, the places we visited in the 2-week itinerary.
Viking provided us with a guided city tour of Berlin in a company coach. We passed by a string of attractions, including the Bundestag, Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral, Chancellery, Templehof, a section of the original Wall, Holocaust Memorial, Kurfurstedam shopping area, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Chapel, Charlottenburg Palace, Brandenburg Gate ......... and more. Due to time constraints, we were able to stop at only a few selective spots. Berlin has so much history and so many historic landmarks that our guide had no trouble talking continuously for 4 hours.
Once we got our bearing from the bus tour, we decided to venture out on our own. Aided by Dominic's built-in GPS in his head, we took off on a sweeping loop around the central part of the metropolis. Along the way, we lingered for a brief moment at the Tiergarten (a large public park), Victory Column (commemorating the Prussian defeat of Denmark), and Soviet Memorial (where thousands of Red Army soldiers who died in the battle of Berlin were buried). Lunchtime found us at the KaDeWe department store, which has a footprint the size of a soccer field. It is a paradise for high-end shoppers. One floor is devoted entirely to gourmet food from all over the world. After fortifying ourselves with a delicious snack at the rooftop cafe, we proceeded to Checkpoint Charlie. This iconic guard station, once the gateway to the American sector from East Berlin, now stands in the middle of a busy intersection. One corner of the intersection is occupied by a photo gallery showing old images of the same location during the Cold War era. It was time to head back to the hotel. We followed Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate (the Nazi parade used to march on this wide boulevard), then cut in front of the Reichstag to admire its elegant architecture. The Reichstag, which was rebuilt after WWII, is now capped with a glass dome to symbolize transparency of the government.
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