In Germany – The Russian Orthodox Friedhofskirche

In the Reinickendorf area of Berlin you’ll find a structure that in many ways looks very out of place – the Russian Orthodox Cemetery Church, built for Berlin’s ex-patriot Russian community in 1894. It has a classic Russian look about it, with five strikingly blue onion domes. Wandering around the grounds you’ll also find that […]

In Germany – Grunewald Station Platform 17 Memorial


Earlier today we paid a visit to the area of Berlin that sits next to the Grunewald forest on the western edge of the city. This area is home to Germany’s movie stars, TV celebrities and bankers – there are lots of huge gated mansions around – you can think of it as being similar […]

In Germany – New Year’s Greetings!

A Happy New Year to you all from Berlin! Just to note that these photographs were actually taken on the street outside a bar in Schoneberg, where the club next door was putting on the display. Firework safety laws are much more relaxed in Germany, and as most people in Berlin don’t have gardens on […]

In Germany – Lake Tegel

Outside the centre of Berlin to the West you’ll find the residential and shopping area of Tegel, as well as one of the city’s two international airports. We did do some shopping our visit today (including nipping into C&A; – still alive and well in Germany!) but the main reason we visited the area was […]

In Germany – Deutsches Technikmuseum


Given that we have over 10 days in Berlin this Christmas, we’ve had the opportunity to take in a lot of the sites, including the Deutsches Technikmuseum. This museum is dedicated to various modes of transportation, including trains, aircraft and boats, as well as other areas of technological innovation such as printing, photography and radio […]

In Germany – The Pergamon Museum


Another day, another tourist attraction, this time the Pergamon Museum which is located on Berlin’s so-called ‘Museum Island’ just up the wide boulevard from the Brandenburg Gate and next to the Dom cathedral in the centre of the city. The Pergamon Museum is a massive structure, built between 1910 and 1930, to house the large […]

In Germany – Schloss Charlottenburg


Yesterday we met with friends and family at one of the few Christmas markets which continue to operate in Germany after the big day itself, in front of the Charlottenburg Palace. Charlottenburg is an incredibly grand affair, the largest palace in Berlin and as impressive as any of the royal residences that grace central London. […]