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This picture was taken on Museum Island in Berlin, Germany. This island (not an island exactly, its surrounded by a little water way, which seems more like a moat) houses a few of the (many) amazing museums that Berlin has to offer. The island is great because it has a lot of places to visit in very close proximity to each other. Because this area is pretty highly touristed there are also lots of restaurants, cafes, and places to shop around for the typical tourist stuff like Berlin teeshirts and Ampleman merchandise. We also found a little craft fair area not to far from here, so the area really has a lot to offer.

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This photograph was taken at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany. The museum has a lot of really cool stuff, and this part of the exhibits was particularly cool, and really well set up. The museum is seriously busy though, so get there EARLY! We ran to get our place in line, and we probably waited 20 minutes at least. Plus, when you beat the crowds a bit you have more time to look at the exhibits for as long as you like. Another suggestion, eat before you go! We ate there, but the food was kinda pricey (as per usual with museum shops and restaurants)

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This picture was taken from a bridge near Berlin’s Reichstag building. We went late and ended up with this pretty view. If you want to go see the inside of the Reichstag make the plans ahead of time. As a result of a terrorist threat a while back, you now need reservations to go inside. Make your reservations (it can be done online) at least three days in advance, ¬†available time slots fill up relatively fast.

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These works of art are graffiti pieces found in Berlin, Germany. These picture were taken from an above ground train we were on. Like London, Berlin is a good place to look for Graffiti in Europe. These pieces stuck out particularly, the two large birds (I believe) were done by a fairly prominent graffiti artist who has a few pieces in London, including the giant heron featured in the first art in the streets post. And the other piece looks like it could be Banksy or possibly Banksy inspired.

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This picture was taken in Berlin, Germany; not to far from museum island. We had just left the Pergamon museum when we encountered a little side street with lots of market stalls with handmade art and stuff. I don’t know if this is a daily occurrence or not, but the area was really nice. This picture is of a street performer, a clown ( probably the funniest clown i’ve ever seen) and the reaction from one of the people involved in his joke. There’s not to much to say about it travel-advice-wise, but I really love the picture. Even some of the people at the restaurant are laughing. What I liked most about this was how much of a shared experience it was; almost everyone around, both tourists and locals, thought this guy was hilarious; and he was having a great time too.

 

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This is a Holocaust monument located in Berlin, Germany. This monument is dedicated specifically to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust; the monument for homosexual victims is located elsewhere, and the gypsy monument is (as of now) ¬†under construction (I’m sorry, but I don’t have any information about monuments for other victim groups, this is just what I learned while I was there). This monument is unmarked; there isn’t anything to identify WHAT this monument stands for. We took a tour of Berlin, and our tour guide told us that the lack of informative signs and plaques was intentional, so that onlookers could make their own determination about the monument. If you go to visit this site, be respectful; there are rules here (though they aren’t posted). The rules that we were informed of were as follows: you may sit on the blocks, but do not stand on them. You may walk through the monument, but don’t run, don’t yell, and don’t eat or drink on the site of the monument. It’s an interesting site, worth visiting, and absolutely worth thinking about.

 

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Angles On The Bridge

This photo was taken in Berlin, near Museum Island. The locks are symbolic, representative of an eternal, usually romantic, relationship. Locks like these can be found on bridges around the world actually, but we found them to be particularly prominent in Europe.

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