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On the way to East Side Gallery

After the last post on sculpture, we saw another one on the way to the train station and this time, there was a lot more to like. Looking like two interlocking but broken chains, we were interested to learn that this one is actually called “Berlin”. They are created by the husband and wife team…

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What do you see?

On the way to the station, we walk past this monument almost every day in Berlin. Located on Olof Palme Platz, right outside the aquarium, it is a most curious thing. The first day we saw it, we figured public road works have something to answer for here. They forgot to clean up after themselves…

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Bulowstrasse Part 2

Before leaving Bulowstrasse, I wanted to make one more post on it as there is so much street art here other than what’s just at Urban Nation. Just walking along the street, It is like a feast for the eyes. Here is one more sample of Art on Bulowstrasse. With artists from all over the…

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Look up again #2

I can’t resist. After thinking about stars and the future, I thought I’ll put up another photo for the theme. I don’t think there are any rules about putting up more than one? Anyway, here goes . . . . Star trails. This one was taken just last week closer to home. And so once…

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Just look up

For me, a star filled night sky inspires me about the future. In the city, it is hard to see the stars. Too much light pollution and distraction. And most of the time, I forget to look up. Then when we get away to the country side and the night sky is clear, my jaws…

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A Bear in Berlin

What is the symbol of Berlin? If you are unsure, then have a look around if you are ever in Berlin. You will see this bear that stands with its hands raised over its head at many, many locations. At first, I thought it was just the one. Then, you notice another. Then another. Then…

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Art on Bulowstrasse

After putting the man through the Berlin Philharmonic Survivor challenge last night (which he failed miserably and would have been instantly voted off the island), it was an easier task today. We were going to spend some time viewing the open art galleries of Berlin or in other words, Street art. Berlin has a reputation…

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Gone with the Berlin Philharmonic

As I had mentioned in the last post, the night belonged to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Led by Sir Simon Rattle, it is the best performing orchestra in the world. (as voted by Bachtrack’s panel of judges.) It is said that they are recognizable just by the way they play and sound. And if that…

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Checking on Charlie in Berlin

Not far from Potsdamer Platz along Nierderkirchner Strasse, a short stretch of the Berlin Wall still stands today. It is actually one of the few remaining walls that is still in its original location. Also here is the permanent exhibit, Topographie des Terrors. As right on this very spot, once stood the feared Gestapo Headquarters…

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The last Watchtower and Potsdam Square

Looking completely out of place now in a side street along Erna-Berger Strasse in Potsdamer Platz is the last remaining watchtower of the Berlin Wall. There used to be up to two hundred of these towers stationed along the border. They were manned round the clock and deadly. No breach of the wall could be…