Berlin Baby!

My mate and I went to Berlin for fabulous weekend of sightseeing, drinking and general fun. It’s a fantastic city and I fell in love with it immediately!

Firstly, an early birthday present, and possibly the greatest card I’ve ever received…


And my new Jem necklace!

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Pretty excited on the plane!

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Admiring the view at immigration


On the U-bahn…


Extremely trendy hipsters drinking artisanal beer from lifeguard chairs, as you do


The enormous sofa in the apartment we rented for the weekend

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First beer of the weekend – mmmm, delicious!

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Appreciating the Ampelmann


And some late night pastry of some description – it was good!


We do love Wodka!


A lovely morning stroll through East Berlin

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There were a lot of Dortmund FC fans out and about on buses and boats…


This shop had a lovely window display full of vintage Singers


And a Christmas shop, even though it was May…


At the Brandenburg Gate


An organ grinder, obviously


The holocaust memorial – incredibly powerful and very impressive.

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A little pit stop for some lunchtime Currywurst and Erdinger…

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Some ruins preserved in perspex at the Sony Centre Complex

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Bit of the wall

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A mosaic of chewing gum stuck to the wall…

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A telephone box with a bullet hole in it, on a plinth. We weren’t sure why it was significant, but it was interesting.


Marker of the wall on the street


At Checkpoint Charlie

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Then we found a mini-beach at Checkpoint Charllie! Time for an ice-cream in the sunshine

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This is possibly my favourite picture from the trip – two incredibly sweet punks making out in the park. Or as I like to think of it, a rare sighting of the rainbow-crested Berlin punk’s mating ritual…


Bullethole-riddled statue at Tiergarten Park

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The Reichstag

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Gin and tonics by the river

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A rather extreme number of allergens listed on the menu…

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Flea market heaven!

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Tango classes at Museum island

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Apparently these gin and tonics come in a bucket-sized glass!


Bit of schnitzel for dinner – yum!


At the East Side Gallery

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In case you were wondering, the weather was beautiful too


The bombed out church near the zoo


Lovely brick rhinos in the walls at the zoo

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The new church they built to replace the bombed one – a classic, brutalist concrete hexagon-type building

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But from the inside it’s pretty spectacular!

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The remains of the frescoes and mosaics inside the church ruins

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Potsdammer Platz

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Pimms in the sunshine


Followed by mojitoes…

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