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  • Day3

    GDR Museum and Christmas Market

    December 19, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    On our way to another Christmas market we visited a memorial to commemorate the futility and sorrow of war as well as the GDR museum to get a glimpse of what life was like living in the GDR (German Democratic Republic). The irony behind the name is breathtaking as the GDR had no democratic processes in place in any part of their political or societal decision making.

    One of the amazing things for me is the Christmas spirit and the amount of gluhwein being drunk at these markets. There is also an amazing array of different traditional German food which adds to the atmosphere from sweet bakery treats to smoked salmon and large BBQ’s cooking bratwurst sausages, steaks and burgers.
    Some of the food combinations are amazing for example large bowls of spinach with a bratwurst sausage plonked on top and potatoes filled with all sorts of toppings as well as gluhwein that has different spirits added to it like Cointreau and Vodka. Perhaps the highlight for me in the food stakes was a crepe that was cooked in front of me and topped with cinnamon sugar and the folded into good to eat. The potato fritters were also especially good. The German diet is very largely biased toward carbohydrates and a meat protein of some description.
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    Jenny Day

    Love the Christmas markets!!! They are magical.....over 80 in Berlin so one around every corner!You cannot help but get into the Christmas spirit😍

  • Day5

    Berlin TV Tower (cont’d)

    December 21, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    The tower allows people to observe the city of Berlin on a 360 degree basis and some of the photos depict the different angles of the city.
    Walking around Berlin really reminds me of how East Berlin would have looked under the GDR regime and some of the apartment blocks in a couple of the photos depict this.
    Interestingly, the city of Berlin has approximately 3.8 million citizens and yet gives the appearance of being vastly different in size to Melbourne.
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  • Day2


    December 18, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    This square is notorious for being one of the locations where the academics faithful to the Nazi party burnt 20,000 books from any author that was dismissive of their ideals and doctrine.
    There is an amazing sculpture under glass in the middle of the square which depicts a series of book shelves that are all painted white and that would have held 20k books.
    The shelves are empty and painted white to symbolize the fact that this knowledge will never be replaced and that it is lost is a very powerful image and our tour guide informed us that a dutch philosopher 100 years earlier said that first you burn books and then you burn people and in the case of the holocaust this became a prophecy.
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  • Day9

    Gropius bau/Eastside Gallery/ICE CREAM

    July 4, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today we visited 2 different galleries and both were amazing! The Gropius Bau was a big and beautiful building filled with lots of diverse art. We visited a digital museum and a photography museum. The east side gallery is an outdoor gallery along the remains of the Berlin Wall. There were many different amazing paintings with a wide variety!
    We also got a bit peckish so decided to get an ice cream, the place we went to made the ice cream in the shape of a rose! It was amazing and the ice cream was absolutely delicious.
    Such a great last day in Berlin!
    Thanks some much to the hotel Rome for having us here in Berlin!
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    Jacqueline Johnston

    Wooow 🤤🤤🤤😪😪😮

    Jacqueline Johnston

    I’m drooling 🤤

  • Day39

    German Historical Museum

    September 8, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Strolled down the Unter de Linden, as one does, looking for the German Historical Museum.
    Finally found this place by standing out the front and wondering where it was. By way I’d excuse it is covered in scaffolding.
    Fantastic place, one of the best laid out and comprehensive we’ve ever seen. And you will all admit that we do a LOT of museums.

    Just as importantly it has a very good cafe and excellent toilets. Two attributes that are assuming greater and greater importance as time moves on.

    Had a fantastic extension out the back (More latter) by I.E. Pei, he of the Louvre pyramid. The man has museums sown up.

    Went to a special exhibition called “Saving- History of A German Virtue”.

    We are able to hear the laugher from here but it was very good and thought provoking. Saving vs investment. Think on this a bit. You know who you are.
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  • Day8


    July 3, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today we went to the German Bundestag (the German government building) we climbed up the big dome and it was amazing the view was spectacular. We also took an audio guide which told us all about the buildings we could see from the view. We also enjoyed some breakfast while there. It was an amazing experience!Read more

  • Day6

    Empty shelves...

    March 11, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    One of the most powerful monuments I have seen. A hole in the ground with empty bookshelves and a plaque with the below quote from Heinrich Heine.
    "Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen"
    "Where they burn books, they will in the end also burn people."

    Located at Bebelplatz, where book burning took place in May 1933.

    ****Second photo taken from Google as it was too dark to get a good photo of the shelves.****
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  • Day14

    Shopping Freidrichstrass & Berlin Mall

    July 28, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Tram from Wall (Mauer) Museum to Freidrichstrasse via Hauptbahnhoff. A walk down Freidrichstrasse toward Checkpoint Charlie. Soup and I spent a frustrating 40 mins in a restaurant without being served. Walk to Berlin Mall. Soup had Currywurst at a restaurant while Hattie tried to prove Aussies can scream louder than Germans.
    Girls went shopping while Guys took Hattie home.
    Pizza at Il Casolare - take home for our last meal in Berlin.
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  • Day2

    King of Kings

    September 9 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    And on the pedestal these words appear
    ‚My name is Ozymandias, king of kings
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!‘
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.
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