By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
"Berlin, Dresden, Nuremberg."
That's what the massive sign read as I started north toward Berlin this morning on the Autobahn. Looking at the countryside en route here, its impossible not to think of the military struggles on this soil, and the American lives lost here in both World Wars.
It's also impossible not to notice the advances and the technology across Europe -- the scene changes so quickly and from trip to trip. The most striking sight today was the massive windmills, churning in groups of six on various hillsides along the way. They are larger than anything I've seen in the U.S. The highway was spotless and without a pothole or a rough patch over the entire length of the drive...so was it the case driving in Spain a few days ago.
As my wife and I were on vacation here in Europe, it was an easy proposition to peel off and come to Berlin to cover this leg of Senator Obama's overseas trip. We'll do the broadcast from the Reichstag here in Berlin for the next two nights -- tomorrow night's broadcast will feature our interview with the Senator after his outdoor speech tomorrow.
Senior Producer Subrata De just snapped a photo of me as I write this post, looking out at the Brandenburg Gate -- as I pointed out in my video blog earlier today, its the first time I've been here since November 9th of 1989 -- when I chipped off my own piece of the wall as it literally tumbled down before our eyes. What a different city this is.
It's great to be back -- my thanks to the fabulous Ann Curry for filling in -- we'll look for you tonight from Berlin.