56 thoughts on “That First View of Berlin …

  1. You want to go back? I thought it would be an interesting city, with the river running through it, but all the images I’ve ever seen appear solid and grey. Nice observational shot though. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Actually, there are two proper rivers (and a few minor ones) running through Berlin: Spree and Havel. I have a few river shots from Berlin (the museums are situated on an island formed by the Spree and a canal of it). But – although I am German – I have only been to Berlin twice, for just a couple of days each.

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      1. I am not a Berlin fan – purely a political thingy. I never approved of Berlin becoming the capital again. It didn’t do the German psyche much good. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Love your city (see my post below), love the wildes-berlin photos – I suspect you would be a great guide to
        these wild areas. BUT I feel you were unnecessarily harsh. Maybe the word for ‘stupid’ in German (dumm/bloed/doof?) is gentler than its English equivalent, but Jo is entitled to her opinion as we all are to ours. I totally disagree with her but I will defend her right to say it. Stupid, no – just a different viewpoint based on different (photographic) experience. Maybe I could persuade her – I would love to show her the Berlin I’ve been fortunate to see (some of the buildings she dislikes may be Nazi, not Soviet era) but there are plenty from earlier and since reunification that are stunning.

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      2. Germans (like the Algerians) are more direct what may be understood by others as being not polite, but it is not meant so. Now German “dumm” for stupid is really still a quite soft word indeed.

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      3. Sorry, there are IT problems in my blog, and I have serious health problems as well which now need my full attention. I will read your blogs a.s.a.p. Thank you very much for the information!

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      4. Sorry to hear you have health problems. I hope you are soon fully recovered and able to wander and rcord that beautiful countryside once more.

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      5. The tree house in Kreuzberg still exists now run by the son of the builder who died in 2018. He wants to change the location into a museum (status of November 2019). It is still an attraction for tourist groups, due to COVID19 actually only limited access. I will have a look next time when I am in this area – what happens not very often – to see what’s going on.

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  2. That’s great that you’ve got the view outside and just enough internal light to show the travelling people. An arrival, and yet an image of movement and energy. I lived in Germany for over two years and didn’t manage to get to Berlin even though the wall was finally down. Hopefully, we might all have the opportunity and feel comfortable about travelling again at some point in the future. Some glimmer of light with the positive news on the Oxford vaccine today.

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  3. We had an amazing time exploring Berlin with our friends who live in what was East Germany. Museums of East German life, the Stasi, the Wall, Nazis, Holocaust. So much to learn. Good, sometimes great, food, super wine & beer. Yes, some of the architecture is unattractive but some (both modern and historic) is wonderful. We had a brilliant ‘free’ tour (you pay what you think it is worth). Berlin buzzes. We will definitely return.

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      1. Love your tree house story. Typical that authorities wanted to shut it down. There is an old wall observation tower on a backstreet that the authorities want to pull down but it is a fascinating part of the Berlin heritage. We donated towards their fighting fund.

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