This is part 2 of my travel report from Berlin (here is part 1 if you missed it). There are quite a few memorials in Berlin. You have those for the Berlin wall, the war, and of course the memorials for the holocaust. In Berlin the holocaust memorial (see below) is designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000 m2 (4.7-acre) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs (stelae), arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. According to Eisenman’s project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.
Not so long ago I read an interesting reflection on what a memorial should be (as a result of seeing the Miami Beach Holocaust memorial). Should it shock you? Move you? Remind you? Stop you in your tracks? There is a very interesting discussion on that topic here.
The Berlin memorial certainly does not shock but let’s you reflect and remember. I thought it an impressive memorial that is certainly very photogenic.
An iconic Berlin landmark is the Brandenburger Gate. Is a former city gate, rebuilt in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch, and now one of the most well-known landmarks of Germany. It’s an impressive site as it leads to a vast area and road that is also the start of one of the main streets in Berlin: Unter den Linden.
A great place to highlight Saskia’s outfit for the day: new printed trousers featuring orange combined with a plain white top and new sandals.
Clearly it’s also one of the main tourist attractions too!
This human statue made life easy for himself by acquiring a pose on the ground.
The Deutsche Bundestag (parliament house), also an impressive building.
Berlin’s river The Spree crosses the city.
Again with a combination of new and old buildings.
I had a lovely few days in Berlin, where I acquired a few basics and one pair of out of this world standout shoes. You will just need to be patient to see those…