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…

From all over the world

From all over the world, they come and place their locks of love. Every lock is of a different shape, size and colour. And yet they all symbolize the one thing. The one thing that is universal in all of us. . . . .  Love. Love locks on Pont de l’Archevêché, the narrowest bridge…

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.…

White Night Melbourne

After missing out on White Night last year, we were keen to make it this time. White Night is the one night in the year when almost the whole city of Melbourne is closed to pedestrian traffic only and various artists use landmark buildings around town as their backdrop for their light projections. I don’t…

How to stop time

I like the theme of this weeks photo challenge. I like Lignum Draco’s photo on time. And I like what Matt Haig wrote on time. Not that long ago I was in France and whilst walking through the Louvre one early morning, I caught this photo of a lady sitting in the corner reading. I…

The Eye of the Cheetah

The fastest of the land animals. Phenomenal acceleration (outpacing a Lamborghini Huracan) and a physique honed for chasing down its prey, here she is, her keen eyes scanning the horizon. In our jeep, she would have run circles around us so thankfully, we stopped further away, taking care not to get any closer. She certainly…