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Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 1:28 am

Hello everyone!

Finally, after getting an account to host some pictures, I got around to sharing a few photos from this years summer vacation. Even though it did include one flight, I'm not about to write a trip report but just explain what you can see on the photos. Enjoy!


Berlin



The "walls" of this fountain will periodically die down, one by one, so you can enter the "room" they create and have a little fun.




This is one of the many museums you can find in central Berlin.




THF's arrivals and departures and baggage claim and ticketing and kiosk hall...




...and the sole user of the baggage conveyor while I was there.




one part of the massive complex THF is




This is the memorial of the former USSR, in former West Berlin. I loved the irony of the typical "heroic Soviet fighter" watching over typically German geraniums.




approaching our parliament building, the "Reichstag"




almost head-on




This is the base of the famous cupola...




on its top...




...and on the way back down. I really like that thing. Note to the fearful: access to the roof & cupola is totally separate from access to the parliament.




That famous gate, seen from the side. The fences confine the site where the US embassy is being built.




"Leaving Berlin, never easy..." You can see the rising sun illuminating the TV tower at Alexanderplatz & me forgetting anti-alias when downsizing the file.  guilty 


Amsterdam



This is part of the ever-moving armada which could be seen during Sail 2005. Awesome event, even though a portion of Poffertjes cost a ridiculous €5.  yummy 




She looked a bit like a figurehead, and she turned her head at exactly the right moment. Note to photographers: yes, I know it's overexposed.




nice reflection




former lightship "Alexander von Humboldt", sponsored by Beck's Bier




"Staatsraad Lehmkuhl" from Norway, the only ship you couldn't access.




Amsterdam does have a lot of waterways, yes...




...and some of the bridges make for a rather tight fit.

The next day, I slept late. I was tired from the previous day, would have some more time to spend in Amsterdam later on, and the weather was on the slightly rainy end. So I decided to spend some time at AMS.



Someone broke his nose.  Wink




I know the quality is nowhere near myaviation.net material, but I still got the beacon and was able to photograph just how slightly rainy the day was.

Now it was time to go sailing!



As you can see, we weren't exactly blessed with a lot of wind on the first two days.




This would be our "kitchen". It's surprising how well you can feed 21 hungry people with that.




Leaving Edam on the second day, we were lucky to start moving the minute we did. That way we were first to enter the locks.




Due to calm, we didn't get further than Enkhuizen on the second day.




some kitsch for you




This is the North Sea, photo taken on the island of Texel.




Back in Amsterdam, I noticed the many places the city has put its crest (or variations thereof) on. So I decided to follow those three crosses.




This house is painted in what I'd call the "Colours of Amsterdam": black, red and a little white.




This one is for Superfly...




...and these two are for Kirkie.  Wink




Taken in the e Burgerzaal (Citizens’ Hall) of the Royal Palace on Dam Square; it's a dazzling monumental beauty. The decoration is widely inspired by Greek mythology, and the man supporting the Earth on his shoulders is of course Atlas. If you have the slightest interest in arts and history, this palace is a must.




inside one of the many beautiful rooms
The guide to the palace is excellent, and the info displays tell you even more about it.


So this is it. I hope you enjoyed some of the photos. Cheers!
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 1:53 am

The cupola? That's neat. I think I've seen something similar somewhere. I know...vague. What do you do in it? Just go up then down? I suppose it provides great views of the city.

I suppose I'll get this one outta the way: Tell us all about sexing the prostitutes and smoking weed, please.

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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 1:55 am

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 1):
The cupola? That's neat. I think I've seen something similar somewhere. I know...vague. What do you do in it? Just go up then down? I suppose it provides great views of the city.

Yes, you go up, enjoy the view and go down again. Berlin doesn't exactly have a lot of skyscrapers and the Reichstag is fairly central, so you get some great view from its top.

Quoting BaylorAirBear (Reply 1):
Tell us all about sexing the prostitutes and smoking weed, please.

No such thing I'd spend money on.  Wink
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 2:40 am

Nice pictures. Really reminds me that I should head over to Berlin one day.
 
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 2:51 am

Thanks for the great pics, Aloges...

I'd like to get to Berlin someday.

Quoting Aloges (Thread starter):
This is the memorial of the former USSR, in former West Berlin. I loved the irony of the typical "heroic Soviet fighter" watching over typically German geraniums.

Just a quick question- why is that monument still there? Seems a bit incongruous, doesn't it?
 
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 3:00 am

Hmmm I was expecting some pictures of Amsterdam's red light district  Big grin.
Cool holiday. I had a pretty cool holiday as well
I went to an international scout camp near fredrikstad (Norway) and went to Germany for a week (Essen).
Sorry , no pics.

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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 3:09 am

Quoting Slider (Reply 4):
Just a quick question- why is that monument still there? Seems a bit incongruous, doesn't it?

What would you do? Tear it down? It's a historic war monument, it's even protected by monument law. The ironic part of this monument is that it is located in the former West Berlin. The Soviet soldiers had to leave their sector to stand guard there. So actually, it could have been torn down as early as 1949 or 1961, but it will never be torn down, because it is important.
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 3:14 am

Quoting Thorben (Reply 6):
but it will never be torn down, because it is important.

Well, I guess it's important in terms of being a memorial to a dead regime and a reminder to future generations of the occupation of Berlin.

Certainly has historical value, but I don't agree with memorializing Soviet troops who divided a city, a country, and helped imprison the citizens who now pass by the statue.

Never forget, Berliners. Never forget. That's why it should stay, I suppose...
 
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Fri Oct 28, 2005 3:31 am

The Soviet war memorials in Germany have to be maintained in perpetuity as part of the treaty by which Soviet/Russian soldiers ended their occupation of Germany.

BTW, the pictures were great, two of the best cities in Europe!
 
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 4:49 am

Quoting Slider (Reply 7):
Certainly has historical value, but I don't agree with memorializing Soviet troops who divided a city, a country, and helped imprison the citizens who now pass by the statue.

Don't forget that they defended their country.
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:02 am

Quoting Lindy Field (Reply 8):
The Soviet war memorials in Germany have to be maintained in perpetuity as part of the treaty by which Soviet/Russian soldiers ended their occupation of Germany.

Correct.

Nice pics, Aloges. Have you been to Prenzlauer Berg (Kollwitz Platz, Helmholtz Platz, Kulturbrauerei) to have a beer or wine?
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:09 am

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 10):
Have you been to Prenzlauer Berg (Kollwitz Platz, Helmholtz Platz, Kulturbrauerei) to have a beer or wine?

I was planning on it. Spent the day with the brother of a friend who lives in Berlin (and she had to go to school that day), and we spent a "little"  Wink more time in Technikmuseum than we had expected. Since I hadn't yet been to Potsdamer Platz Reloaded, we decided to walk there and then to Brandenburger Tor instead.
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:13 am

Quoting Slider (Reply 4):
Quoting Aloges (Thread starter):
This is the memorial of the former USSR, in former West Berlin. I loved the irony of the typical "heroic Soviet fighter" watching over typically German geraniums.

Just a quick question- why is that monument still there? Seems a bit incongruous, doesn't it?

After all they also kicked the Nazis out. The monument has been built out of marble blocks of Hitler's office building. The two T-34 tanks were allegedly the first tanks to enter Berlin in 1945.

There exists also a huge monument in Treptow. on the grounds of a huge Soviet military cemetary in East Berlin, where all Russian soldiers killed in the battle of Berlin were buried in the middle of a public park.

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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:28 am

Aloges .... excuses, excuses, excuses.  Wink Judging by your pic it was still daylight when you visited Brandenburger Tor. So what did you do at midnight, hmm?  Wink
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 5:33 am

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 13):
So what did you do at midnight, hmm?

Try to sleep 'coz I was going to be off to AMS the next day at 6:10 in the morning.  box 

Actually that did pay off, all the Sail 2005 photos were taken in the afternoon of the day I flew to AMS. Getting up at 3:30, taking night busses to TXL, checking in, WAITING, flying, travelling to downtown Amsterdam, finding the youth hostel (after carrying 20 kg of baggage around for 30 minutes), taking a short nap, travelling back to the train station/port and spending the rest of the day walking around watching the ships... I'd call that a long day. Big grin
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:04 am

This may be a silly question, but I'm not too familiar with berlin geography. Is the reichstag in the same location as the reich chancellery was during WWII, or is it something entirely different?
 
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Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:06 am

Quoting Lindy Field (Reply 8):
The Soviet war memorials in Germany have to be maintained in perpetuity as part of the treaty by which Soviet/Russian soldiers ended their occupation of Germany.



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 12):
After all they also kicked the Nazis out. The monument has been built out of marble blocks of Hitler's office building. The two T-34 tanks were allegedly the first tanks to enter Berlin in 1945.

Ah, copy that....

My misunderstanding--I just did some digging and clarified it for myself as well. This is a nice site, BTW:

http://www.war-memorial.net/mem_det.asp?ID=36

Also, read up on the Soviet War Memorial at Treptow Park, East Berlin and the Seelow Heights Museum. Now I definitely have to go to Berlin.

What a coincidence! CO flies EWR-TXL now. Guess I now have a convenient excuse to go, hehe...  Smile
 
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:11 am

Quoting Waterpolodan (Reply 15):
Is the reichstag in the same location as the reich chancellery was during WWII, or is it something entirely different?

First of all, the Reichstag is far older than Hitler's party. It was finished on December 5th, 1894.

The Reichskanzlei was in a different place, IIRC there's hardly anything left of it and the place is now occupied by rather profane appartment buildings or something similar.
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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:44 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 17):
The Reichskanzlei was in a different place, IIRC there's hardly anything left of it and the place is now occupied by rather profane appartment buildings or something similar.

That's right. The New Chancellory of Reich was located at Wilhelmstrasse (more or less right behind the new Shoa/Holocaust Memorial). Hitler's bunker was there, too. There is absolutely nothing left of the bunker; as for the Chancellory the only remainings are some tons of reddish marble you can see at the two Sowjet memorials in Tiergarten (see Aloges' picture) and Treptow as well as at the subway station "Mohrenstrasse" which is not far from Wilhelmstrasse.
The GDR built some indeed profane apartment blocks there in the early eighties.

They thought it would be best not to provide a place where Neonazis can "commemorate" Hitler and his henchmen.

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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:55 am

I forgot to mention that you can still see the eagle that hung above the Chancellory's entrance in one museum in London.

The distance between Reichstag and the former Chancellory of Reich is approx. 700 yards.

http://www.thirdreichruins.com/berlin2.htm

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RE: Berlin & Amsterdam (With Pics)

Fri Oct 28, 2005 7:41 am

Great photos! When looking at your photos I really start to miss the summer...
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