Some more impressions of Berlin and what we wore

by Sylvia

Berlin

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Clearly it’s also one of the main tourist attractions too!

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This human statue made life easy for himself by acquiring a pose on the ground.

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The Deutsche Bundestag (parliament house), also an impressive building.

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Berlin’s river The Spree crosses the city.

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Again with  a combination of new and old buildings.

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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…

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1 Greetje

Hey Sylvia, finally you were able to wear some of your summer clothes, the red skirt with the casual top. Very nice. And Saskia is spending money in a good way too with her pretty new trousers and sandals. Berlin has a lot to offer. Glad you showed us (now I can cross that off my list as well hahaha).

2 Sylvia

I’m wearing my warm clothes again here in Texas. Always with a cardi or jacket on hand though because the aircon is even colder here than in Singapore (if that’s even possible…)

3 Aileen

Another interesting set of photos of Berlin. It looks like a very interesting place to visit, and I can’t wait to see the outstanding new shoes you bought there. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Where are you off to next?

4 Sylvia

Thanks Aileen. Right now I’m in Austin, Texas, USA!

5 Aileen

Wow, Texas, you are sure getting around. The temperature this week, yes all week, has been in the very high 20s, around 28-29 C and today it’s 30 degrees which is around 85F. Unbelievable for Scotland!
Of course I don’t have many suitable clothes as it never gets this hot, so I’m lazying around the house in an old pair of cut off jeans trying to keep my brain from boiling!
The forecast says next week will be hotter. I can’t believe that’s possible 🙂
Amazing to hear you are wearing your warm clothes today. Phew, off for another cold shower.
Anyone thinking of visiting Scotland should jump on a plane right now. It will never be this hot again.

6 Greetje

I visited Scotland years ago (25 years ago aghh) when I had a Scottish boyfriend. It rained for 8 of the 10 days. Dieing to visit south England but the weather is stopping me so far. Perhaps end of August. Buy some really summery things in the sale Aileen. Everything must be dead cheap by now.

7 Aileen

Good idea Greetje, I’ll have to go and have a look. I’m grounded right now because my daughter in law is about to produce a baby and I am on standby to look after her little boy when she goes into hospital.
But you never know, I might just have a quick trip to the shops and see what I can find.
You need to come back to Scotland for a visit. It would be great to meet up. It doesn’t always rain. Well, it does really, but we have other things that make up for it and did you know that Glasgow is the second city for fashion after London in the UK. Yes, it’s true. Come and see!

8 Heather Fonseca

So nice to see what a great time you’re having on your vacation! I love your outfits for touring the city.

9 Ofelia

Such a beautiful and historical city and you look lovely with these red skirt, beige blouse and that cool necklace!

10 Lisa

Great pictures. I would say that any Holocaust memorial where you can smile and have your picture taken is not doing it’s job. It’s an interesting art installment, but for the country that perpetrated this horrific event, I think I’d expect something more.

I love that you strive for style even when traveling. I must admit to declining into frumpy comfort very often myself.

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