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…

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…

Holocaust Memorial

After that little happy retail experience at Ampelmann, we made the walk to the Holocaust Memorial to the Jews. Spread across an undulating expanse as large as a park, are two thousand seven hundred and eleven, uniformly shaped slabs or or “stelae” of varying height. Concrete gray in colour, this very abstract looking memorial certainly…

The gate and a souvenier

From the dome, the Brandenburg gate, one of the most famous landmarks in all of Germany, was no more than a stone’s throw away from the Reichstag. After our drink stop, we were more than able to traverse the short distance to the gate without too much trouble. Besides, if there was any doubt, just…

A morning walk to the Reichstag

As is often the case when we travel, we rarely book a tour. I do lots of reading whilst he does the exact opposite. He does almost next to nothing in fact. I guess there are certain advantages to the surprise and delight approach he subscribes to where he likes to turn up to the…

Berlin, Germany

As some of you may know, we recently visited Berlin, one of the cities that was always on our radar but never on our itinerary whenever we do the long haul trip from Australia to Europe. It always just seems to have missed the cut. Finally though this time round, we decided we have to.…

Simpson’s Gap

One of the famous sights along the West MacDonnell Ranges is Simpsons Gap. This is probably the closest place to get to from Alice Springs being only half an hours drive away. Water flows through a small gap in the ranges here creating a permanent waterhole for many birds and wildlife. It is also an…

Ghost Gums

Another feature of the Australian outback are the Ghost Gums made famous by Aboroginal artist Albert Namatjira. You won’t miss these trees when you travel here. Reason being their trunks are stark white! And hence the name “ghost gum”. Apparently the powdery substance that cover the barks of these trees acts as a sunscreen in…

Standley’s Chasm at The Alice

Almost smack bang in the middle of the Australian continent lies the remote town of Alice Springs. Known affectionately also as “The Alice“, it is situated some 1,500 kms away from the nearest major city. That’s a long way by any measure  but it you are touring the Red Centre of Australia, you will no…

Organ Pipes National Park

Following on from Trentham Falls, I discovered that not far from Melbourne, there is even more evidence of our volcanic history. After unsuccessful attempts in Iceland to find the “church floor” at the almost unpronounceable Kirkjubæjarklaustur, it was to my surprise to find that we have our very own! (If you would like a clue…