Day One/Two (13-14 Feb 2007)
Get out of Newark before the ice storm hits. Flight to Frankfurt might as well have been "Chasidic Air" - about 60 Chasidic men on our flight. No sleep 'til Germany - but at least they kept me entertained while opening/closing (or attempts at closing) the overhead bins.
Transfer in Frankfurt was uneventful - no police with machine guns as a couple people told me they saw on their trips to Germany. We passed through passport control, then had to go through security again before we could get to the gate for our connecting flight to Berlin.
Short flight to Berlin, got to Berlin Hbf (main train station) then took a taxi to our hotel. (First time I'd ever been in a Mercedes taxi! For the price - using my Marriott rewards points - the Courtyard was an excellent value. While not a prime location, it was not far from the sights of East Berlin.
Strolled around the former East Berlin area, found an Italian restaurant and had dinner (pizza in Germany - delish!), then strolled down Unter den Linden for a bit before finding our way back to the Courtyard and crashing for the night. Our train for Prague leaves early tomorrow morning.