Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Berlin 2: Bikes, Bricks and Biiiig Buildings

We weren't in Berlin for that long really, which meant we had a lot to fit in. The first couple of days were pretty jam packed with getting our bearings, seeing the sights and learning a lotttt of stuff that I probably should have already known.

By the last day, our feet were getting pretty tired. We wanted to go to the East Side Gallery - the open air art gallery on the remaining part of the Berlin Wall along side the Spree River - and it was nice and sunny. So, we rented some pretty precarious bikes from our hostel and after a bit of a panicky start, headed East.

My chain came off. I sent us the wrong way. They drive on the wrong side of the road...

But we got there, safe and sound.

Now, I'm a bit of a sucker for an inspirational/meaningful/cute/lame (delete as appropriate) quote. So given that there were dozens of them painted on such a historically significant wall, in some pretty cool styles, I was loving it. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.

One of the star attractions of the wall - Honecker & Brezhnev's famous kiss

The famous Trabi car - apprently they're awfullll but they are cute looking cars (priorities in check)

^ Me, 'doing it cool' (or not?)

Loved the wall. What used to completely segregate and stand in the way of freedom now is all about freedom of expression. Definitely worth a visit.

That evening, we decided to head up the Fernsehturm (TV Tower in Alexanderplatz).

We treated ourselves to cocktails... 

...the only way to handle the height, obviously

We watched the sun go down over toy-model Berlin before grabbing dinner at the bottom of the tower.

A great end to a lovely trip!

Niobe X

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