Tagged With "Berlin"

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Re: Museum Island, Berlin (Where Gumbo was #271)

GarryRF ·
An amazing collection of sculpture. Worth a few days exploring the Museums alone. Fly Liverpool to Berlin with Ryanair return ticket for a 2 day trip. £105. Serious thoughts ......
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Re: Berlin's Museum Island

George G. ·
Great Blog Story. I was at the Pergammon years ago and your story caused me to dig out the old photo album from the basement archives and relive our stay at Alexanderplatz and the museum visit. Thanks.
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Re: Berlin's Museum Island

Jonathan L ·
Glad you liked the story. I hope you enjoy my next pieces on Berlin
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Re: Sanssouci Park, Potsdam, Germany

DrFumblefinger ·
A memorable destination. Those gardens sure do look very inviting for a stroll. Thanks for making us aware of this special place.
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Re: Sanssouci Park, Potsdam, Germany

siptrans ·
And where is the Chinese House? It is so beautiful!
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Re: Sanssouci Park, Potsdam, Germany

Professorabe ·
Agreed - there is plenty more to see in the park than is covered here. The Roman Baths and the Belvedere are further examples. The website below provides some further information and photos: http://www.potsdam-park-sanssouci.de/home.html
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Re: A Winter Visit to Dresden and Leipzig

Travel Rob ·
I really want to go back to Dresden. I was there in the late 80's and I remember how somber the city seemed. I also remember the kindness of the people and I'd really enjoy to see the city in more prosperous and happy times.
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Re: A Winter Visit to Dresden and Leipzig

HistoryDigger ·
Never been to either German city despite having lived in Germany. Thanks for the in depth look at stunning architecture. Maybe I'll head there soon.
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Re: A Winter Visit to Dresden and Leipzig

Janine ·
Well Dresden and Leipzig pretty nice cities to visit. In Dresden the former Frauenkirche got rebuild which got totally destroyed by the bombing attack if the Second World War. Also the side on the river Elbe invites in long walks and beautiful areas. Especially the sights like Zwinger and the Semper Oper are worth to visit. Leipzig is the City I come from and it has changed a lot after the reunion. The inner city is not that big but it has a lot if history. Sebastian Bach and his famous...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 6, 2015: Berlin Buskers

DrFumblefinger ·
Now I understand how fine arts graduates in Berlin make a living
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 6, 2015: Berlin Buskers

Ottoman ·
I think the guys in the top photo were classmates of Harry Potter
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Re: More Art under Your Feet

DrFumblefinger ·
I usually keep my eyes up, but do glance down from time to time. These are on the sidewalk in the town of Banff. Probably not functional manhole covers, but "art under the feet".
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Re: More Art under Your Feet

PHeymont ·
Those are not just beautiful, but functional in another way...if not as utility covers, then as guides for pedestrians. Do all the streets have them?
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Re: More Art under Your Feet

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Those are not just beautiful, but functional in another way...if not as utility covers, then as guides for pedestrians. Do all the streets have them? The streets crossing the main street in Banff (Banff Ave) have them, although I don't believe all the streets in town have them. I expect they're just up on the main pedestrian areas of town. But I agree, they are nicely done.
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Re: More Art under Your Feet

Travel Rob ·
In Tokyo, They also use the covers for Fire Hydrants,something I haven't noticed before
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Re: More Art under Your Feet

Travel Rob ·
Thanks to you Paul, I'm now taking a lot of photos of manhole covers and birds on statues. Really some interesting things I never paid much mind to before. Here's a couple more manhole covers. I'll add the my statue birds on your next story. In Oslo Fire Hydrant in Tokyo
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr. 8, 2015: Gedächtniskirche, Berlin

GarryRF ·
Similar view in Coventry England . Most of the City was destroyed by war. The shell of the old Cathedral next to the new Cathedral.
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Re: Ryanair boss: We'll crush German competitors

GarryRF ·
Most of Mr O'Leary's predictions are just attention seeking and looking for free advertising. If you look on you tube you'll see a list of his comedy acts and predictions for Ryanair from the past years. A very successful man with an Irish sense of humour.
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Re: Ryanair boss: We'll crush German competitors

PHeymont ·
All that true, but he has picked a couple of truly vulnerable targets...
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Re: July 14, 2016: Humboldt, University, Berlin, Germany

DrFumblefinger ·
Ottoman -- I notice your name is not on this list. What gives? Surely these men aren't any more distinguished that you?
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Re: July 14, 2016: Humboldt, University, Berlin, Germany

Ottoman ·
Dr. Fumblefinger...thanks for noticing that my name didn't appear on the above alumni list. Although I believe I am just as distinguished and smrt as the gentlemen mentioned above, the university said that having one Otto on the list was more than enough.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 2, 2015: Uncertain times

HistoryDigger ·
My family and I love this section of Berlin. Great pictures. You were there on a beautiful day. And by the way, this is where Reiner (of the Finding Reiner series) drank a beer in Zum Nussbaum, the oldest bar in Berlin (or so he said), before he was doomed to face the Russian Front.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 2, 2015: Uncertain times

PHeymont ·
Zum Nussbaum is there, in this picture, nestled at the base of the Nikolaikirche—although like the rest of the neighborhood, it is a reconstruction. But then, so much of life is...
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Re: Look east! Gallery re-examines East German interior decor

Travel Rob ·
I did find the Communist Eastern European architecture and decor very bland at the time but people made the most of what they had .I was impressed how people kept items working.
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Re: Finding Reiner #2: Chasing Ghosts

vivie ·
what a great way to start a Sunday! can't wait to read more. I'm with you in spirit Merci pour ce beau partage historique et familial.
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Re: Finding Reiner #2: Chasing Ghosts

HistoryDigger ·
Merci encore une fois, Vivie. Je suis sur le point de partir. Thanks for reading. I'm about to depart. Hope you'll follow along.
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Re: Finding Reiner #2: Chasing Ghosts

Travel Rob ·
I found myself racing to the computer this morning to read Part 2 of your incredible and moving series. It's made me reflect on what war does to a family .
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Re: Finding Reiner #2: Chasing Ghosts

DrFumblefinger ·
Another brilliant post, HistoryDigger! Thanks. I think you've described the situation many young German men were in, and it's a lesson for all of us to fight tyranny at every step and with all we have. It is also a reminder to me how a government that is "a friend of the people" can crush those same people if their power isn't checked. After the Nazis had seized power, there was no tolerance for dissent. You were either with them -- or you were in big big trouble (possibly even fatal...
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Re: Finding Reiner #2: Chasing Ghosts

Bluragger ·
Here we go! I am so eager to learn more about that old house which is pictured so beautifully in the mountain idyll of Poland. My fantasy is of undiscovered family treasures in the attic which the Polish police, who now occupy that building, would gladly be rid of. Whit, don't forget to search the attic when you get there. Ha! I am sure glad you are Finding Reiner.
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Re: Finding Reiner #2: Chasing Ghosts

HistoryDigger ·
Dr. Fumblefinger—yours is a fascinating response. How lucky your father was to have escaped and survived. I'm glad he told you his story, which I would like to hear. Where was he from? Reiner's family members were also born in now Poland. Episode 3 will detail more of the Nazi oppression in Cologne that trapped Reiner and his family.
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Re: Finding Reiner #2: Chasing Ghosts

Sarah Towle ·
So compelling! Keep the posts coming. I'm hooked! Absolutely.
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Re: Berlin's Rotes Rathaus: Brick Majesty and Whimsy

HistoryDigger ·
This has been one of my favorites too, but I never knew that a traveler could go inside. Thanks for the details on its history. Every time I've passed it, the doors have been closed. I will try to visit it next month after I sit at Zum Nussbaum—Reiner's favorite Berlin spot—and toast to #travel and #history.
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Re: Berlin's Rotes Rathaus: Brick Majesty and Whimsy

PHeymont ·
Thanks! Please update us with new pictures, if you can!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 9, 2014: Human Vending Carts

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Wow that's interesting, hipe it's not heavy gear to be walking around in all day.
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Re: A Winter Visit to Dresden and Leipzig

PHeymont ·
The other church Janine refers to, the one associated with the big Monday demonstration of 1989 started is the Nikolaikirche, shown above. There were also mass vigils inside the church for a number of months.
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Re: Hackescher Markt and Hofe, Berlin: Where Gumbo Was #72

HistoryDigger ·
Lovely. I KNEW I'd seen this Gumbo puzzler before but couldn't place it. Thanks for this article about a fascinating location in Berlin. We had a great time this this summer and last. Full of enticing shops and art installations.
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Re: The Memorials of Berlin - Part 2

George G. ·
Excellent coverage and photos Jonathan. If I have a return trip to Berlin, these places will absolutely be on must see list.
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Re: The Memorials of Berlin - Part 2

Jonathan L ·
Thank you.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 3, 2013: Brandenburg Gate

PHeymont ·
Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate is surely one of the world’s most-recognized landmarks, and symbolizes Berlin in the way the Eiffel Tower means Paris and the Parthenon means Athens. It’s been the ceremonial center for marches and...
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Carnival of Cultures lights up Berlin this weekend

PHeymont ·
Berlin's Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) kicks off for four days this weekend, with a parade, interactive workshops, and music, art and food of all kinds—all in celebration of diversity and openness. It's been celebrated since the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 6, 2015: Berlin Buskers

PHeymont ·
  Berlin's Museum Island, in central Berlin, is home to museums of ancient art, more recent art, early history and more, and also to the Lustgarten, or Pleasure Garden, an open green space that once belonged to the royal palace.   Now it's a...
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More Art under Your Feet

PHeymont ·
In a previous  BLOG , we took a look at some of the world's most popular art, and in a form you'll not often find in museums, but can be found nearly everywhere: manhole covers. The best of them combine real art with civic pride and history....
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Walking and Eating in Berlin's Mitte

PHeymont ·
On our last few trips, we've gotten in the habit of looking around for good eating/walking tours, which allow us to sample a variety of local foods along with some sights, and some well-prepared information about the foods, their history and their...
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Berlin's airport tragedy of errors continues

PHeymont ·
Berlin's long-delayed (it was supposed to open in 2008) new airport will now have a new delay: work was stopped today when it was determined that the terminal roof may not be strong enough to support the air-conditioning units that have recently been...
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Germans' surprising 'top city' pick: Hamburg

PHeymont ·
In Hamburg's Alster harbor area           Photo: Butterfly1172 / Wikimedia While Berlin and Munich are the tourist meccas most often thought of in Germany, a poll of Germans asking what city they'd most like to move to or...
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Berlin's Tempelhof takes on a new crisis role

PHeymont ·
As it was in 1984, now to serve refugees   Berlin's now-closed Tempelhof airport, famous for its role as the hub of the Cold War Berlin Airlift and more recently Berlin's newest public space, will now re-open as a refugee reception center for...
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German director for British Museum

PHeymont ·
For the first time since the middle of Queen Victoria's reign, a non-Briton has been tapped as director of the British Museum. He's Hartwig Fischer, director the Dresden's City Art Collections. Ironically, the man he will replace is moving to Berlin...
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Berlin's official city bear dies at 34

PHeymont ·
Schnute the bear, who has been the official living representative of the bear that appears in Berlin's coat of arms and all over the city, has died at 34. The female brown bear was euthanized after suffering a series of debilitating illnesses,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 7, 2015: Neptune's Fountain (Neptunebrunnen), Berlin

DrFumblefinger ·
  Berlin's Neptune Fountain sits near popular Alexanderplatz in the former communist side of the city, between the old Red City Hall and Marian's church.  The fountain was built in 1891 and features Neptune at its center, the four...
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Germans Reflect on Reunification

Travel Rob ·
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