Nov. 6th, 2014 10:28 pm
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Finally, Berlin.


We couldn't get any closer to the Brandenberg gate; there was a rally going on.

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin.

Pretty much just round the corner was the Holocaust Memorial.


The Siegessäule. Lucky to have survived under the circumstances.


The Bundeskanzleramt.


The Bundestag. Like much of Berlin, substantially rebuilt since WWII.
Excellent views from the top.

Berlin is full of cranes

Berlin is heaving with cranes.

Inside the Bundestag Dome.

Inside the dome.

Inside the Bundestag Dome.

Inside the Bundestag Dome.

Inside the Bundestag Dome.


The Fernsehnturm, which is visible from all over the place; it’s the tallest thing in Berlin by a long way. Good views from up here too though harder to take decent photos through the windows.


Reflection of Fernsehnturm

Nebuchadnezzar's inscription

Nebuchadnezzar’s inscription on the (reconstructed) Ishtar gate. Berlin has multiple excellent museums, most of them conveniently clustered together.

Jewellery from Ur

Jewelery from Ur. Well over 4,000 years old.

Scythian gold

Scythian gold.

Fragment of the Heliand.

Fragment of the Heliand, a famous Old Saxon text.

Red panda

Red panda at the zoo. There are two zoos, for historically obviousreasons. Mostly the western one is better but eastern one has red pandas so of course we had to go to both.


Krusta, an East German pizza equivalent, served in the restaurant attached to the DDR Museum.

Part of the Berlin Wall

Part of the Berlin Wall.

Part of the Berlin Wall

Within the Berlin Wall. I’d not realized how wide it was (this picture doesn’t show the full width).


Banner at the Stasi Museum.

East German flag

Obsolete flag.

Erich Mielke's private area

Erich Mielke’s private space. Mostly the DDR stuff just looked old-fashioned rather than in any way alien.

Smuggling forbidden works with a bicycle.

A lot of forbidden material was smuggled in bikes.

Smuggling forbidden works with a bicycle.



Train cabin

The cabin away from Berlin was marginally more spacious than on the way there.

Loads more pictures on Flickr.

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Date: 2014-11-07 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for all your photos.

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Date: 2014-11-11 11:43 am (UTC)
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We couldn't get any closer to the Brandenberg gate; there was a rally going on.

My girlfriend [profile] aviva_m was there! (Obviously, a bigger draw than Angela Merkel but perhaps not for everyone.)

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Date: 2014-11-13 04:18 pm (UTC)
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That struck me in the Ossi museum; without equivalent West German scenes, the DDR-era photos look more 80s than they do anything else, because the East-West difference is less than the 80s-2010s difference. :-/

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