Saturday, 24 October 2009

Festival of lights

What I love about Berlin's quite hard to say, really. First of all, the people are absolutely lovely - and I really mean that. They smile at you, and make you feel welcome in their town.
Here's a few pics to give you an idea. I haven't gone for the too obvious places, to let you have a different impression. And there's an exclusive first pic of me on this blog!!
The "school bag" in Berlin, illuminated by all the pretty lights during this month's Festival of Lights.
We were SO lucky to be there the very weekend of the re-opening of the most important museum. This museum houses the most amazing collections I think I have ever seen. It was in a very very bad shape after being hit during WW2, has undergone a super renovation, and is now a World Heritage site . It opened its doors last Saturday for the first time in 70 years, and we were blown away by its treasures.
One of the many memorials to the Jews - a maze of cement blocks with olive tree canopy.
The Zoo station - not as tough as in Christiane F., but still a bit...
It felt kind of vibrant all the time, even though it's nowhere near as busy as central London. The city is clearly marked by its history,and in every neighbourhood there is a reminder of eras gone- the good, the bad, and the ugly!
But that's OK, and altogether I think all of us contribute to a great and humbling experience.

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