Germany, Berlin – (final post from Berlin) – Street Art and cruising around the city – my personal potpourri

For my last Berlin post I am offering up a collection of visuals including street art, parks, statuary and stuff that took my eye. I am definitely coming back soon…..this is a super cool place. Grungy and elegant all at once. Street art is to be found all around the city so I took a […]

Germany, Berlin – a visit to Spandau Citadel and Schloss Charlottenberg

Just a short u-bahn ride from central Berlin takes you to Spandau home of an original fortress since the 1500s. Apparently people in Spandau have not got used to the idea that they are part of Berlin (this happened in 1920) and often say “they are going to Berlin” when they head to the centre […]

Berlin – the Jewish Quarter (Scheunenviertel) and the Jewish Museum

You cannot go far in Germany without coming across aspects of Berlin’s long Jewish history. Whether it is the former Jewish Quarters – now trendy areas with shops and art galleries or museums about Jewish history or holocaust memorials. Certainly no-one here is trying to sweep anything under the carpet and I heard that Berlin […]

Germany, Berlin – more fab museums and art – Part 2

Even though I am here for two weeks I am not going to get through all the places I want to see – especially the museums. But I am giving it my best shot knowing I will be back. The Gemaldegalerie (or Old Master Paintings) has a great collection of European art from the 1300s […]

Germany, Dresden – an easy day trip from Berlin. An amazing example of reconstruction.

The story of the bombing of Dresden by the British and US allies is quite interesting and many myths about why it happened seem to abound. Until 1945 Dresden had not been bombed at all – it was a centre for precision work that had nothing to do with war machinery and also had a […]

Germany, Berlin – Museums Part 1. Museum Insel (Alte Nationalgalerie and the Pergamon), Deutsches Historisches Museum, the Berlinische Gallerie and the Berliner Dom. A feast of art, architecture, culture and history

I make no apologies for the large numbers of references to museums and art galleries in my Berlin blogs. There are are so many good ones. They are generally huge, airy, well designed and never overcrowded whether by people or too much stuffed in one space. A nice change from the madness that is the […]

Germany, Berlin- two days in Potsdam

While the city of Berlin has great historical focus everywhere you go – it tends to focus on WW1, pre WW2, WW2, Post WW2, the Wall and post the Wall. So it is quite fun to take the 45 minute trip out to Potsdam which wallows much more in the 18th and 19th centuries when […]

Germany, Berlin – a hidden Berlin walk, the Rathaus and a tour of the Reichstag

On arrival in Berlin I met up with my friends Sylvie and Andrew – this is the third year we have met up somewhere during my travels. We took a walking tour of Hidden Berlin with Urban Adventures – a company I have used before and like as their groups are very small and they […]

2019 – My reflections on another year of traveling – and my fave books and TV series – warning – Bumper Edition!

It seems I was only just writing my reflections on my 2018 travels and once again as the year is drawing to an end and I am back in Seville for the 3rd time in as many years, it is a good time to reflect on the past 12 months (and to plan for the […]

Denmark, Copenhagen

This is a compilation of 3 days in Copenhagen before and after my recent cruise. My friends Uschi and I did a walking tour – used the company Urban Adventures again – I do like their more offbeat tours. We started at the statue of King Christian near the orange houses originally intended for the […]