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Monday, June 20, 2016

Back from Berlin!

I went on holiday to Berlin this weekend, and it was by and large an amazing experience! Berlin is a very interesting city because it's a true blend of history and modernity. The pictures are a little out of order here, but below is the Bradenburg Gate. There was a music festival going on or being set up behind it, so I'm sure it's more grand looking without all that going on.

I went to two museums on the first day, the Jewish History Museum and the German History Museum. The Jewish museum was okay and had a lot of very old items, but I'm much more interested in German history so I enjoyed the second museum a lot more. It was gigantic!

On the second day I went to four out of the five museums on Museum Island, which is an iconic point in Berlin. I don't think I've ever seen so much art in one day... but it was great. The above picture is a Roman gate in the Pergamon Museum. It completely blew me away!

 This was from the Islamic art section in the Pergamon museum. I am not certain if it was my favourite museum overall because I really like paintings (and the National Gallery was awesome), but the level of detail here cannot be captured accurately in pictures. Islamic art is beautiful, with lots of floral and geometric patterns. Christian art is beautiful too, but I have to say I appreciate secular artwork more...

Of course, I went to the Berlin Wall. This is a portion they left standing, realising they were in a historic moment when they tore it down. I thought the artwork on the Berlin Wall was really beautiful, though a lot of it was covered in graffiti of varying quality. 

Would I go back to Berlin? I don't know. It's definitely not my favourite city, but it was a good experience. It's amazing how history can alter the face and culture of a location in profound ways. I was surprised by how friendly Berliners were on average, and how much cheaper the food was than in Geneva. I can't wait to see where I end up going this weekend!

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