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Roadtrip pt. 1: Berlin

September 18, 2013

Finally I have begun sifting through my jam-packed memory card and are putting together some kind of order to describe the amazing roadtrip we went on from the 4th – 15th September. I’m going to split up each of the places that we went to – and will end with a round-up of all of the places that we ate (aka the most important part, right?).

First up is Berlin. Oh gosh, where to start? It’s just such an amazing place. This was the second time that I’d been to visit, although Trout has been 6,7,8,9… he’s lost count! I would love to live there; the atmosphere, the architecture, the vegan options… swoon.

This graffiti was breathtaking. The size, the detail, the place that it had been drawn – it was just amazing. Later on in the afternoon we found another piece which must have been by the same person/people:

As I said before I left, the graffiti and artwork around Berlin is amazing. It seems to be everywhere, and most of it is so good!

These guys were amazing! We left the station nearby and walked into the square to find them blading around and dancing together. Brilliant!

We went to walk along the same stretch of the Berlin Wall as last time, but I have to say it was certainly less impressive this time around. A lot of the amazing work that we had enjoyed last time was tagged and drawn over, and there weren’t any new pieces. When we went a few years ago I got the impression that it was always changing and being painted again and again by new artists, but it doesn’t seem like this is the case. Which is a shame.

Below is The Brandenburg Gate. The architecture is amazing in Berlin.

 

This time around we visited the Holocaust Memorial, which for some reason we didn’t do last time, and it was such a strange and interesting place. So simple, but a great way to interact and really think about what it means. It felt almost wrong to be taking photographs and sitting on the giant slabs and chatting, but I think that’s part of the reason it was built this way – to stop and think, but to also enjoy and take time to explore the memorial.

We were so lucky with the weather while we were there. It was so warm – I was wearing shorts and a vest-top everyday.

In the afternoon we popped into a beautiful park for a walk and a sit down, and inevitably this happened:

Yep, I fell fast asleep in the park. I told you this was a bad habit of ours (mine)!

 

On the morning of our last day in Berlin we picked up our hire car and headed to Plänterwald to visit Spreepark – an abandoned themepark. During the week the park is strictly monitored by security, as so many people try to break in and look around by themselves, but at the weekends they open their gates and you can book onto guided tours.

It was really interesting and intriguing to walk around – the rides and carts had been left to mould and rot, there were abandoned roller coaster carriages, giant animal sculptures, overgrown trees and plants. There was a huge Ferris wheel still standing, and it moved with the wind which was quite creepy!

 

And yes we did sneak into an area that was out of bounds, and yes we did get shouted at by security.

 

 

Trout found this little guy in the undergrowth!

Unfortunately, as interesting as it was to look around, the tour was (obviously) in German – and went on for quite a long time… Two and a half hours of not being able to understand a word got a little tiring, which is a shame because the German-speaking visitors were LOLing all over the shop so I’m sure it was a very entertaining tour. We stopped for around twenty minutes at every single ride, so I do wonder just how much there is to say about an abandoned roller coaster track, but who knows.

This is not staged – this is a real life yawn. At times I even wondered this myself…

So we spent some time taking silly photos.

We also met up with the amazing Laura and her other half James while we were in Berlin – but as she said, we were so wrapped in chatting and eating that neither of us took any photographs! It was really nice to meet up with a friendly face while we were away.

So, that was our trip to Berlin! I’m working my way through all of my photographs, and next up will be Dresden. The architecture was stunning, and I can’t wait to show you all of the beautiful buildings.

Have you been to Berlin? What were your favourite things to do?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2013 2:11 pm

    Ohhhh it makes me want to go back so bad! Berlin looks completely different in the sunshine, lovely pictures x

  2. September 18, 2013 2:26 pm

    Ohhh, adding Berlin to places I wnt to visit next year! xx

  3. September 18, 2013 4:07 pm

    I want to visit Berlin SO badly – gorgeous photos, I’m glad you had a great time xo

  4. September 18, 2013 6:34 pm

    Your pictures are fantastic! You really captured Berlin! Love all the street art and park pictures. If only it was that sunny when we were there. We visited the Holocaust Memorial at night and it was all snowy underfoot, made it especially haunting.
    We spent most of our time indoors because of the cold but we did see some great art.

    • September 19, 2013 9:00 am

      Thanks lovely! That sounds absolutely amazing, to visit the memorial at night in the snow.

  5. September 18, 2013 8:00 pm

    So lovely to see your beautiful pics! It’s nice to remember our date, I keep thinking about those burritos, so good! We had thought that about the East Side gallery too, I hadn’t realised that at one point the art work wasn’t so drawn over, such a shame. I really wish I was back in Berlin right now, looking forward to seeing what you got up to on the rest of your trip!

  6. September 18, 2013 9:26 pm

    Those pictures are beautiful! I love deserted places. That must have been so cool to look around! I know enough about German to get by when I hear people speak it, but I can’t speak it at all. English came from German basically, and I lived with my German grandmother for a while so I’ve picked up some. Probably not enough to stand through a 2 hour tour though.

    • September 19, 2013 8:59 am

      Thanks darling! I wish I could have understood even a little bit, but hopefully everyone else enjoyed the tour.

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