Posts Tagged ‘Brandenburger Tor

31
Mar
12

Farewell to Winter

Saturday night, a quick run to COS on Friedrichstrasse to sample the new shades of green for the Spring.

Too many linden trees on Unter den Linden are being chopped away once again for the works of the new U55 metro. Too many times since the reunification the trees have been displaced, zeroed down and substituted. And this needs to be documented. Let’s hope that from now on the trees will be left alone.

11
Mar
11

Cool Germania

Today La Repubblica dedicates its central page reportage to Germany…Cool Germania. BerlinRomExpress agrees!

Still, may I add that the Financial Times decreeted Germany “The new France” back in 2002, ie nine years ago? Read the financial newspapers. You don’t need to believe everything they say. But sometimes they’re right ahead of everybody else.

 

 

01
Jan
11

brave new 2011!

Yes we did it again…New Year’s Eve trek through Tiergarten to the Brandenburg Gate! But before we did as the Berliners do, and remained strictly local and loyal to our Kiez! Continue reading ‘brave new 2011!’

31
Dec
09

Guten Rutsch! Starting a new decade in Berlin

New Years’s Eve in Berlin: 2 millions visitors, 3/4 of a million on the PartyMile stretching from Brandenburger Tor to the Siegessäule…and S-bahn Krise. But let’s proceed in order.

We were at the Gate in the late afternoon, after having left behind us a Sony Center which looked as if it was located in Gorkji. Snow helps in softening up the modern architecture’s edges.

A tour on the wheel provided the supporting evidence: it was cold and windy above the Tiergarten, even if it seemed that on the ground the temperature was comfortably zero. At sunset time we were back in our insular Schöneberg, enjoying the heavy snow fall and the first fireworks, stocking up on heat for the night out.

At around 10pm we headed back to Unter den Linden by U-bahn, the police was already checking that nobody with fireworks and glass bottles enter the PartyMile. We had an appointment with Eva at the Adlon at around 11pm but as soon as we approached Pariser Platz, the mood had shifted to high-security mode.

The entrance to the square was blocked and that was a bad surprise, spoiling the party. How come each time there is a party – the Mauerfall, Silvester – the poor Brandenburg gate is framed as an icon but sealed off? Maybe this time it was the fault of the American Embassy. Or the French and American together? It looks quite absurd that a measure like this be imposed by the Senat.

Anyway. Green police vans and uniforms in front of the Adlon. Frustrated crowd. This is not looking nice, and it’s 11pm already. We wished Guten Rutsch to Eva by phone, who was blocked at Gendarmenmarkt and with a brisk pace tried to get around the Gate under wet snow. At the Olocaust memorial the police was closing the…well, the checkpoint. Run along Wilhemstrasse to Leipziger Platz then.

Get behind Sony Center, avoiding Ebertstrasse. Probably our fastest périple ever on icy snow, 11 minutes.

Eventually we past through the Tiergarten checkpoint and that was the best part of the evening. Slowly trekking across the woods, moonlight reflecting on the thick snow, the noise of the PartyMile muffled down, the fireworks cracking softly above our heads.

At midnight big fireworks mimicked the Riesenrad on on Strasse den 17. Juni, seen from a clarière in the northern part of Tiergarten…

31
Dec
09

Getting ready for the Brandenburg Gate party…

Well I could not resist: the snow today in Berlin was too perfect, the preparations for the Brandenburg Gate too hectic, I must upload a few photos! 😀

The Lustgarten from the Humboldt box…and plenty of snow and fun at the Rathaus Schoeneberg Volkspark…Guten Rutsch!

16
Nov
09

burst of the bubble

IlGatto and friends were in Berlin last weekend…from what I can see from her pictures they had a good time! These pictures were taken by IlGatto at Brandenburger Tor, with passers-by mesmerized by a guy making bubbles.

all photos by IlGatto…


10
Nov
09

back from berlin!

0911wo_domino-420x0-420x0We’re just back from Berlin, after this fantastic long week-end dedicated to the fall of the wall. Our digital camera is in ER, so let’s hope that our reflex did a good job…photos in a few days, like in 1989!

The domino fall was fantastic, we were at Elizabeth Lueders Haus, opposite the Reichstagufer.

Actually, in the morning we were interviewed by RTL “What does Berlin mean for you?” “Were you here in 1989?”. Unfortunately not…that’s why we didn’t want to miss this 20th anniversary! In spite of an easyjet flight cancellation, wir waren dabei!!




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