Jim and Elsie’s 1978 Tour – Day 50

Saturday, 20 May 1978

Fine, cloud and showers and fog

Breakfast at 7.00. Boiled egg and bread, two meats to choose from and cheese for breakfast. No coach arrived until about 12. Had a walk around nearby shops only as we expected the coach to come.

Left about 1. Travelled autobahn motorway to save time.

Through borders DDR East German border terminal very large. Given bus no. and sent to lanes. All passports stamped. Official came on bus to check that the person matched the photograph. Took about 10-15 mins.

Checkpoint Charlie

Many barbed wire fences and guard towers. Along autobahn to West Berlin – through E.G. Border again but no check.

Berlin about 9.30. Well lit and brightly coloured shops.

Berlin shopping mall

Dinner at 10. Soup and a variety of German meats and salad.

Had a short walk down to the main street. (Bus 1pm to 9.30pm)