Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hello Berlin! Part 5! Museum Island, Pergamon Museum-- Greek temple, Mesopotamia Gate, Bode Museum, Egyptian Museum, Berliner Dom, Lustgarten

Next up! We embarked on a very educational historical trip --- Museum Island! It is UNESCO certified world heritage. Entry fees is not cheap, 6 Euros, but include the audio guide. But I should say, it worth every single cents of it! As there are a total of 4 museums in the island,we chose only 2 to visit (mind you, you have to pay each museum the entrance fees!) and the time is not on our side at that time!

OK, First Museum-- Pergamon Museum!

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I was stunned and amazed once entered the museum! I was greeted by almost 2 storey high real exhibits of a Greek temple (Pergamon Temple).

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Its staircase leads to the centre of the temple where many other Greek Mythology sculptures were situated. It was simple amazing!

There are other attractive sculptures and exhibits too, and I spent more than 3 hours just to briefly walked through the place!

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Oh another attractive exhibits of the museum! Is the Ishtar Gate from city of Babylon, Mesopotamia civilization time. The gate was extremely huge and colourful, with dragons and horses made from tiles.

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It is HUGE! So huge that I nearly sprain my neck trying to get a good look on the top! Mind you that it is a real artifact that relocated to this museum as well...

As we were so tired of walking in that BIG museum, we went out for fresh air and take a look at other museums, only the buildings, not going in as it took too much time to go through all of the exhibits!

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Oh, one nice thing about Berlin museums is that every Wednesday after 6pm, almost every museums in the museum island are offering free entry. Please do note that some are not, check the Berlin Tourist Office website for more info.

me and museum This was taken in front of the Egyptian Museum. A day before we went in. Haha...

we took that opportunity to visit the Egyptian museum for FREE, but we were stripped of the audio guide! So, either we have to learn German writing in 15mins or we have to guess what it actually exhibited. I picked the Option 2. LOL! Guessing is so much fun than just reading the description... Well, it's not at all bad, some important exhibits actually have english description and it's not in broken english either. Very Impressive!

After so many miles of walking, we were so exhausted that we lie down on the grass at Lustgarten, which is in front the Berliner Dom, just like what the other locals did!

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we rested enough, went to Adenaplatz for dinner and went back to the airport.
We said goodbye to Berlin and head back to England! Ah, home sweet home! Finally people understand my English. =)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hello Berlin! Part 4-- Curry Wurst, Kaiser William Memorial Church, Bauhaus Archive Museum, Victoria Column, Sony Center.

Ah ha.... The last day to Berlin was a very hectic and long museums' visit! Berlin Museum Island is UNESCO certified World Heritage and shouldn't be missed. But of course, before I will elaborate further, guess you will want to know what I had in Berlin almost every night (and day?)... The answer is this!

sausage Curry Wurst!! Or German Sausage with sweet ketchup and a whim of curry powder! Super nice!

Ok let's continue with the story...

First leg of the tour--- Kaiser Williams Memorial Church!!!

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We went in there to take a look. It is a really stunning tower with lovely designs in there.. Video coming up...

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Inside of the Modern Kaiser William Church...

Next one up, The Bauhaus Archive Museum!!!

It was a little small to be honest and the museum really doesn't justified the great work of Bauhaus Academy... However it is still great to see the German advanced industrial architectural design.

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As the museum not allowed people to take photos, we only took the photos in the cafe.

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anyhow, I like the signboard very much.

We then took a bus to the Brandenburg Gate again to take some photos. We passed by the traffic island--- Victory Column

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It's 68 metre high, topped by the Goddness Victoria (8.3metre high). It was originally placed in Platz der Republik, in front of the Reichstag Building (the parliament, remember?) until 1938.

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After the Brandenburg Gate visit (again), we walked passed Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe to reach the Sony Centre..

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe...

We reached the Sony centre after about 15mins of walk. The building itself was stunning enough to stop us for a few moment to snap photos!

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Part of the Sony Centre  Building. It is extremely tall, can't snap it with my non-wide lens in one go!!! ARGH!!!

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Walking in between the buildings

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The steel roof structure was so huge that you will be saying Oh my Goodness!!!

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Close up!

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Posing as a lost traveler in a foreign land...

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Sony Center Germany Woot!

After the brief visit to the building, we took a bus to the non than the other UNESCO Certified Museum Island!!!

While waiting for the bus, I found something that caught my eyes! It was a touchscreen PC that gives free internet access! Oh, and It has the webcam function too! Pretty neat!

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Bus stop with PC build in! Dandy! Oh, and I like the car in the background! Talk about local made cars! Haha...

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As the bus arrived extremely in time, I had not enough time to check my mails, so off we went to the Museum Island!

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Alright, next post up... Museum Island!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Image Server is back online! Woohoo!

As some might have noticed, my image server is already back online just like usual. Recent busy life has limited my free time to write the blog, but no worries, Berlin trip will be continued!

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