Bitching Brew

Friday, February 10, 2006

A few photos from Berlin.

That's me (a little blurred) beneath the famous GDR clock in East Berlin, showing the time in cities around the world. Classic Communist kitsch!

That's my friend Marie, standing across the river from the restored - and spectacular - Berliner Dom.

The plaque at that bridge commemorates the first victim of the Wall, shot trying to swim across.

Marie and I in front of the Altes Museum.

The river Spree, partially frozen over on a crisp afternoon. It got colder than this...

The Brandenburg Gate.

The Reichstag.

In the middle of the Holocaust Memorial, someone had placed this lone flower. The memorial was eerie enough in the snow; this sight was positively chilling.

Tiergarten on a cold afternoon.

Humboldt University on Unter den Linden.

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  • Fantastic pictures! I want to visit there even more now!

    By Blogger Etchen, at Fri Feb 10, 08:24:00 p.m.  

  • Your friend Marie looks cute. Any chance you two... ;-)

    Hey! We have something here in Montreal that looks just like the Berliner Dom.

    By Blogger Sonia, at Fri Feb 10, 10:18:00 p.m.  

  • It's definitely a city I'd go back to. Highly recommended! Berlin's an epicentre of art, culture, history and architecture. You know you're in a major city, but it never feels oppressive. Plus - the food and the nightlife are superb, eclectic and cheap!

    Heh, no, no chance sadly. :P Though you're hardly the first to suggest it!

    Montreal sounds like a great spot. Next time I travel the US, I'll certainly hit Canada as well. Of the cities, Montreal and Vancouver promise the most. But it's so vast that cities wouldn't be my sole focus.

    By Blogger Martin, at Sat Feb 11, 05:34:00 p.m.  

  • I went to Vancouver twice. It's nice and clean. If I'm not mistaken, it's a very young city; just a little over 100 years old. Probably why it's so clean. But then again, Montreal is clean also. Compare to the United States, Montreal looks the cleanest place in the world. LOL!

    I highly suggest you visit Montreal in the summer. It's one festival after another. Always something to do. And in Quebec, we're like a blend of Europeen culture and American culture, so weMre pretty cool, if I do say so myself.

    By Blogger Sonia, at Sat Feb 11, 08:11:00 p.m.  

  • Oh, Sonia, definitely, we're very dirty, we Americans: the vendors from the street where I work have been dumping their excess trash in our back parking lot. Nice, right? I get to step on Funyun wrappers on my way in . . .

    By Blogger dpineapple, at Sun Feb 12, 04:57:00 a.m.  

  • I've heard of the festivals. And an "underground city"... which probably isn't worth half the hype, but still worth a glance! Any excuse to practice my rusty French, with the comfort of an Anglophone safety net!

    Hmm, as for the dirt - there's another national trait we Irish bequeathed to the US. Bah. I'm just glad we haven't had to pay reparations for inflicting the Blue Ridge rednecks on you... just kidding, they're lovely people. ;)

    By Blogger Martin, at Mon Feb 13, 06:32:00 p.m.  

  • Oh my God! The "underground city" is sooooo not worth the hype! Believe me! I'm originally from Quebec City. I moved to Montreal when I was 20 and I had never even heard about that "underground city" until a tourist asked me about it in the street.

    What it really is is that by taking the metro, you can go to dozens and dozens of stores and businesses without having to get outside, because those businesses not only have outside entrances but they are also accessible through the metro systems. I even had a friend, who was living on the South Shore (Montreal is on an island. So the South Shore is the South region, in front of Montreal, separated from the island by the St.Lawrence River.), who was going to University in Montreal, in the winter, without any jackets, because her appartment building was linked to the Metro system and so is the University.

    But anyhoo, it's not like it's a underground city or anything.

    By Blogger Sonia, at Wed Feb 15, 09:36:00 p.m.  

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