The Grandest Palace in Seoul

After a long day, I decided I really needed something to perk me up. The Nanta theatre was good fun the night before but this time I wanted to go grand! After hearing about Gyeongbokgung Palace, I am inspired. Of the five palaces in Korea, this one is the top of the pops. It wears…

Korea’s National Treasure No 1

I had mentioned Sungnyemun gate earlier as a passing remark. But I really should do more justice to it. I have only been made aware that it is after all Korea’s National Treasure No.1! And so this post is to remedy that oversight. Sungnyemun gate is unofficially also known as Namdaemun Gate. Built in 1398, it…

The most famous show in Seoul

After dinner in Myeongdong, easily a more upmarket area than Nandaemun market, I came across (quite unplanned) a sign advertising Nanta Theatre. I have heard about this from a Korean friend. But all she said to me is that it is an entertaining show. Not knowing much more than that, I walked upstairs to see what…

My first day in Seoul

Pulling into the driveway of the hotel, I felt like a celebrity in the limo like taxi. But I was jolted into remembering that I was here for work when I was handed the receipt! Getting into Seoul, one word that kept popping up was . . . . Traffic. Unless you live in Canberra,…

Queen Nefertiti in Berlin

Sze Wey convinced me that despite all the things we had already done in Berlin, and the list is long, the visit is not complete without visiting Museum Island. For historical buffs, this enclave of museums is absolutely the icing on the cake for a city with as much history as Berlin. This is no…

Giant Murals

One of the unique things about street art we noticed in Berlin are the giant murals. Splashed across the side of residential blocks, they not only bring colour to an otherwise plain wall but are a statement sometimes in itself. We wandered around all over Berlin looking for these pieces and as they are really…

Views along the River Spree

Getting into the warm and toasty River cruise boat, it was a welcome relief from the cold and the light showers that was beginning to fall. Coffee was quickly conjured up and we settled in for the relaxing ride. Cruising the River Spree is the best way to see a lot of Berlin’s most important…

Alexanderplatz

The next morning, we woke up to an overcast day that looked so cold and damp, it made us want to crawl back into bed. But more sights of Berlin await us so we pushed our laziness to one side and drowned it with coffee. We then walked towards our now favourite mode of transport,…

East Side Gallery – Fenced

The showers started again whilst we were at Suicide Circus and so we decided to head back over the railway lines. Despite the wet and cold, we consoled ourselves that Berlin in winter could be a lot worse! Fortunately, the showers did not linger and when we passed the train station towards East Side Gallery…

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…