This week I had the great pleasure to spend a few days in Berlin, a city full of history that combines the old with the new. Here are a few impressions of Berlin. Our hotel was close to the Gendermemarkt, a cosy square in Berlin. We couldn’t cross it, however, as there was an outdoor classical concert. Although the area was fenced off and tickets had to be purchased, people had gathered all around the square as you could still listen and enjoy the music.

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Getting the perfect view.

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Berlin is constantly in development and throughout the city you can still see construction. The city itself is a combination of the old and the new. Below is a good example of a development that really works and blends in well with the old buildings of the Gendermemarkt.

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The concert was appealing for both the young and the old.

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Dressing in Berlin is very casual with most people for t-shirt and jeans. This lady was a great exception to that rule.

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Another part of Berlin’s history is the wall that was constructed in 1961 to divide the city. The border crossing was Checkpoint Charlie which is now symbolised by this this small checkpoint.

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Closeby is an outside exposition of all the events leading up towards the construction of the wall and its eventual demolishment in 1989. Below you can see how the scene looked in the 1960s.

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This is how the picture looks now (standing from the American side looking towards the Russian side.

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Came across these old trabants while walking on the street.

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And here is an old part of the wall, which is currently used as a backdrop for an exhibition of the rise of Hitler regimen.

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The Postdamer Platz marks the point where the old road from Potsdam passed through the city wall of Berlin at the Potsdam Gate. This area was totally laid waste during World War II and then left desolate during the Cold War era when the Berlin Wall bisected its former location. Since the German reunification, Potsdamer Platz has been the site of major redevelopment projects, one of them the Sony Center which you see below.  Berlin-7 Berlin-6

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As you can see I was looking rather wild on that first day, looking very casual and my hair going wild. I have basically given up styling it properly this holiday…

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And my travel companian Saskia who was rocking her white jeans.

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Some more impressions in a few days…

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