Last weekend I jumped on a plane to Berlin to visit my pal, Liv.
Arriving just after 3pm on the Friday, and leaving at 3pm on the Sunday, we didn’t have long to see the sights. So, in classic Imii style, we decided to buy a two day pass for the Berlin tour buses. Lazy and practical, as always.
Berlin has been on my list for a long long time. It’s one of those cities that everyone raves about and everyone has an opinion on once they’ve been. It’s renowned for being one of the coolest, edgiest places on earth and I couldn’t wait to explore.
In the next few day’s I’ll be uploading a little video-log (I know, right) so look out for that, but in the mean time here are a few of my photos from the weekend. I actually took very few photos – for reasons I explain a little further down – but what I did record are right here. As you can see, Berlin is a pretty excellent place (and oh so different to Paris).
Berlin is a really cool place – probably far too cool for me.
It’s also very obviously still recovering from everything that happened to its people throughout the 20th century. While I have no issue photographing the wall, I did not take any shots of any of the war memorials or museums because I just don’t believe that they can do them justice. The Holocaust Memorial was one of the saddest, most thought provoking places I have ever been, as well as numerous other places around Berlin. While they don’t feature here, if you’re ever in Berlin I can’t recommend them enough.
(Shout out to the people taking selfies because you all made me feel so ridiculously uncomfortable…)
However, for somewhere so steeped in tragedy, it is remarkably colourful. What’s left of the wall, especially the East Side Gallery, is stunning. As I say, Berlin is way too cool for me.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to have a proper look at the Brandenburg gate either, owing to the protests over the weekend. I’m not sure if the UK news covered it, but French news did – people are getting annoyed at a lot of things, and then other people got annoyed at them. It genuinely was a protest, as well as a protest against the protest.
What do you think of Berlin?
Which European cities are on your bucket list?