Monday December 27th 2010
Today was my catch up day: the day where I scramble to see and do all of the things I did not do yet. Which was mainly the museums.
I stopped by the Sony Center to check out the new amazing architecture of seven buildings wit ha canvas roof over top. It was kind of cool. I probably would have liked it more at night time when it is all light up. I found it oddly small seeing as Potzdamer Platz seems so big.
|Part of the Berlin Wall|
|Sony Center from a far|
On my way to the Jewish Museum I was famished so I grabbed a beliner and chowed down. I was also asked for directions by a rather large (and I mean like 8-10 person) family. We were headed to a common destination so I wrote their directions on their map for them quite promptly. I am a navigation expert.
|this palce again|
retracing a bit..
|Topography of Terror (outside part)|
|I love Berlin|
|i miss snow so much|
|its a cool city|
After descending some stairs and a ramp, the lower level of the new building had three corridors. The longest one represented the continuation of German history and led up stairs to the museum. The second led to the Garden of Exile (closed in the winter months) and represented the emigration of Jews while the third led to the Holocaust Void which was a tall, empty shaft like room right in the skeleton of the building. Each corridor filled with personal belongings and stories of Jews that did not survive the Holocaust. The corridors were not level and each one intersected the other two. You then climbed up the two stories to the top floor where the museum starts with ancient Jewish history. As the path you follow zig-zags, you learn of a history that unfortunately is not a pleasant one; being filled with discrimination, prosecution and exile. The first floor is where you find the recent history (last 100 years or so) and more specifically, the Jewish History within Berlin. My favourite parts of museums are not the overall taking in of information, because really, after a couple of hours of reading history and facts, you just get overloaded and kind of stop fully taking it in. The personal stories are more, well, personal. You get more of a feel for the people and what a life was.
|Older part of the museum|
|My photos |
|This took about 30 some tries|
I returned to the Museumisle to potentially take photos of all the museums, but the unrelenting snow was killing the quality of my photos and my time was getting rather tight to make it to the German History Museum.
|This is Berlin. |
Graffiti and snow.
Unlike the T.O.T. and the Jewish Museum, the G.H.M. was solely in German (except for the English pamphlet I got that outlined each general time frame). I still enjoyed walking and looking at the artefacts. The early history of Germany was something I had yet to take in today, having covered two of the more extreme sides of German history earlier. However, closing time was at 18:00 and I had only made it to the 1800s. Oh well, I did come across a fairly entertaining painting and a really old pinball machine. Things like that made museums worthwhile.
|I think this was the side of the Dom|
|The old museum, I think|
|Thank you sir, for the photo|
|Crazy painting from G.H.M. What isn't going on here? I love it.|
|Old Pinball machine|
|I can see this being on the|
maybe a bit brighter though..
|this belongs in my narnia..|
|BEST MEAL EVER|
someone tell me what it is...
Something I noticed; Berlin is the first city I have come across that actually has a snow removal system in order. Which is needed because it snowed all day. (and for the rest of my stay)
|bad photo timing... but hey|
its a photo of me and an