Bitching Brew

Saturday, February 11, 2006

And several more - they just wouldn't upload yesterday. :)

Outdoor foosball in Alexanderplatz.

A statue of Caesar excavated from Rome.

The Ishtar Gate to Ancient Babylon, excavated and reconstructed in the Pergamonmuseum. Not a good photo, but it was breathtaking to see such a monument presented inside a museum!

An area just to the east of the Wall, off Invalidenstrasse. Kinda bleak, but not as depressing as the monstrous projects in the eastern suburbs.

The infamous Checkpoint Charlie, snapped at night as the snow began to fall.

My hostel room. Notice how it's (shock!) bright and spacious. Best hostel I've ever stayed in.

Karl-Marx-Allee (formerly known as Stalinallee): the flagship of socialist architecture. All the kitsch military parades passed down this avenue for review by the giants of communism.

Zoo Station in West Berlin. It gained a notorious reputation for being the seediest train station in Europe. Sadly, it's been cleaned up and half-filled with chain stores.

In the middle of Tiergarten, a victory column stands tall, topped by a golden angel. It's quite out of the way, but it offers spectacular views. If you're willing to climb the 285 perilously icy steps to the top, that is. Alas, my camera battery ran out after one shot! This photo is looking east, down the grand avenue past the Brandenburg Gate. You can see the Reichstag to the left and the TV tower in the distance.

There's a lot of interesting new architecture at Potsdamer Platz, an area torn down to make way for the Wall. This is the inside of the Sony Centre, which houses cinemas and restaurants. It's after dark and I'm looking at the semi-textiled roof. Very innovative structure. The whole area feels strangely disjointed though.

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is one of the landmarks of old West Berlin. It sits at the end of the Ku'Damm, the main shopping street. The church was largely destroyed by Allied bombing - the Germans left the ruin to stand as a stark reminder. It was much bigger than just this tower...

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  • Very lovely, and though I know nothing about architecture, I must say I prefer the old to the new. I quite enjoyed the shot of the church. (Petticoats and courting couches with plumbing, that's my ideal society.)

    By Blogger dpineapple, at Sat Feb 11, 05:27:00 p.m.  

  • Courting couches... you'd certainly like Berlin then! ;)

    By Blogger Martin, at Mon Feb 13, 01:35:00 a.m.  

  • I love the night shot, with the falling snow, of Check-Point Charlie . . .

    By Blogger C the Maven, at Fri Feb 17, 03:18:00 a.m.  

  • It's crazy seeing it just sitting there in the middle of a street, and everything around it reconstructed. How time has moved on. And it's so small!

    Snow is cool too. I'd never seen a snow-covered city before.

    By Blogger Martin, at Sat Feb 18, 12:40:00 a.m.  

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