Sunday 14 April 2019

Holiday snaps

This was my first trip to Berlin and it was excellent even though it was exhausting. These photos are from Day 1 of the holiday.
View from our hotel room overlooking the Gendarmenmarkt
Mrs Carryingonupthedale and the Brandenburg Gate.
The memorial to the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis, built on the spot Goebels had his offices. Quite a haunting experience.

The Reichstag. We were supposed to go to the dome cafe for coffee and cake but couldn't as not only do you need tickets, which we had, but also photo ID, and we'd left the passports in the room and I don't have a driving licence any longer. Never mind.
Frederick the Average. He had a wonderful PR team though - see photos at top of this post.
The renowned Berliner Zinnfiguren shop. I was slightly underwhelmed although the painted figures on display were gorgeous. I didn't even find a book to buy as everything they had that I could've/would've bought I already own. But i can now at least tick the box to say I've been.
We're going to Sachsenhausen tomorrow.


  1. Looks like a terrific trip. I'm a little envious ;)

  2. Berlin is a marvelous city although I agree with your assessment of the Berliner Zinnfiguren shop. Interesting to pop in and look around, but I've never seen anything tat screamed "Buy me!" from the shelves during two or three visits in 2009 and '15.

    Best Regards,


  3. Looks like a fun time. Good PR has always been more important through time. Ask Charles the Bald or Charles the fat, bet they wished they did a better job.

  4. That reminds me of a work trip I had about 13 years ago. I came across the Zinnfiguren shop by happenstance, and whilst thrilled I had found it, like you I didn't see anything that I 'had' to buy. Before that though, on turning into Unter den Linden I came across the man himself! Old Fritz (or a performer dressed as him) looking very like that actor from the old 1930s films stared right through me. I felt like bowing, but couldn't decide whether to greet him in German or French ;-)

    More seriously I had a walk through that Holocaust memorial and found it the most thought-provoking, neck-tingling experience.

    Berlin felt like a very haunted city. I must go back.