Berlin

It’s a public holiday here today (for a horse race, would you believe) so I wouldn’t normally post but I have so many trip posts to get through that I need to throw in some bonus posts or we’ll be here til Christmas!

Berlin

Anyway, another packed day of sightseeing around Berlin, starting with the very impressive Berlinerdom.

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One of the more tasteful Baroque interiors I’d have to say (they can sometimes be a bit much!).

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The art on the remaining section of the Berlin Wall (known as the East Side Gallery) and the stories behind them were fascinating. It really hit home how recent these awful events were, so recent that in fact when I was here as a child (1991) the city had been reunified less than two years earlier.

The Man and I were getting really irritated at all the people who thought that it was okay to deface the murals their own scribbles – nothing political I might add, more of the ‘Scott was here’ variety. *shakes fist*

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While the history of Checkpoint Charlie is very interesting of course, I have to admit that actually seeing it in person didn’t really add a lot to the experience. Maybe we were just tired after a long day of sightseeing but it was a little underwhelming compared to some other places we saw.

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We finished our time in Berlin with a visit to the Bauhaus Archiv. The work of the Bauhaus featured heavily in my studies at uni, so I was a bit disappointed that there was only a single example of graphic design in the exhibition (it was mostly architecture, fine art and product design – which I love, but a couple more posters would have been awesome).

On the flipside, I did discover how much my degree course was actually based on the theories of the Bauhaus, with many of the basic colour and shape studies being exactly the same as what I did as a first-year graphic design student.

Adelaide friends, I hope you’re having a great long weekend. Everyone else, happy Monday!

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7 Responses

  • Hi Alicia,

    I think Checkpoint Charlie and other memorials to the division of Germany can only be understood properly if one has been part of that time.
    Even for my children it is difficult to understand this. I can only explain again and again, as it has been for us and what has been done in that time many people. And I’m glad that they no longer have to experience this.

    Many greetings from Dresden in Germany,

    Katja

    • You make a good point, Katja. I certainly didn’t mean to imply that it was not significant or meaningful – just that it was unfortunately not presented in a way that helped visitors to understand what it was like (like many of the other memorials we visited). We probably would have had a better understanding of it if we’d had more time to explore and to visit more museums.

      P.S. We went to Dresden too and loved it! You can see that post here: http://www.atypicaltypea.com/2013/03/12/day-20-21-dresden/

  • Hi Alicia,

    lovely photos! Just the glimpse on my hometown I needed to see this morning. I just popped over from the BYW forum, checking out more of my fellow students lovely blogs. And I am glad I did, loved browsing your blog and am sure to come back soon!

    Have a lovely free monday!
    Nadine

    • Thanks for stopping by, Nadine! You’re lucky to call Berlin home, it’s a very cool city.

  • Wow,Stunning photos. Very nice.

    • Thanks Ceci! Always a pleasure photographing such a beautiful city.

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