Ok, so I didn't get around to updating this as often as I thought. Too much else to do I suppose!
Berlin really surprised me, there's a lot more going on there than I expected. Loads of museums, cool bars, funky shops. Well done Berlin!
Anyway, here's some stuff we saw there. They're in chronological order, so probably don't flow as well as they could, but that's how we do things here.
The German flag flying outside the Reichstag
Scary looking dude near the Siegessäule
The Siegessäule itself.
Loads of buildings and monuments have bullet and shrapnel holes in them from the war.
View from the Siegessäule looking towards Brandenbuger Tor
A Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten
The Brandenburger Tor was commissioned as a sign of peace. Looks pretty damn imposing if you ask me!
Stormtrooper. There's really not much else to say about this guy.
This is a few pics of the "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe".
I guess they didn't feel the need to sugar coat the name at all. Apart from the bus loads of school kids running through the place, it's pretty overwhelming.
A chunk of the Berlin wall in Potsdamer Platz
“Mother with Dead Son”. A memorial to the victims of war and tyranny
Berliner Dom in the evening.
You can tell you're in Paris when you can see the Eiffel Tower. This tells you you're in Berlin
A random head shot from the Bode museum. He's a saint or something.
This was a ball carved inside a ball, inside a ball etc etc
Another from the Bode Museum. It's the locking mechanism inside a chest. Very cool.
Yeah, Zeus. As in father of Apollo, god of Mount Olympus, don't fuck with me or I'll shove a lightning bolt up your ass, Zeus! *
Detail of a prayer niche from the Maidân Mosque (in the Pergamon Museum)
A bust of Nefertiti from 1300 or so BC. This was supposedly found in the artist's workshop, but an art historian has recently claimed it's a copy dating from 1912.
Whatever, it's still older than me.
The Berlin ball (Fernsehturm) looking from the Marx-Engel Forum
Marx, Engel, Parker
Part of the old Berlin Wall running through the Invalidenfriedhof cemetery. Some of the headstones were moved so the border guards had a clear line of sight.
And that's Berlin. Will hopefully have a few minutes one evening to get some Paris photos up, but it's looking more likely that they'll have to wait till we get home.
*Die Hard reference