Berlin Cathedral & St. Nicholas’s Church

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The Berlin Cathedral/Berliner Dom as it stands today was built in 1905 (and rebuilt in the latter half of the 20th century after significant damage during WWII), but there’s been a seat of worship at it’s location since the mid 1400’s. Climb to the top, and you can walk out along the edge of the main dome for great 360 views of the city and a better look at the beautiful green roofing material and ornamentation. Berlin99Berlin101

St. Nicholas’s Church/ Nikolaikirche (pictured below as seen from the top of the Berliner Dom) is the oldest church in Berlin. Built between 1220-1230, it suffered severe damage during WWII and, as it was located in East Berlin, remained in ruins until restoration began in 1981. It’s a beautiful church with a great collection of church art inside and excellent interpretive panels to help you understand what you are seeing. I really loved that they had set up a seating area on the second floor above the entryway (I know there’s a real term for this place!) where you can listen to traditional church music from the entire history of Nikolaikirche. It was a really powerful experience to sit and listen to choirs singing Medieval chants in such an old sacred space. Berlin100Berlin102Berlin86Berlin84Berlin87

35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more posts from Germany.

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Exploring Berlin’s Alt-Treptow Neighborhood and Görlitzer Park at Sunset

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A cool neighborhood in East Berlin we wandered through on at the end of one of the few sunny days we had during our February 2017 trip to Berlin. Berlin13Berlin10Berlin9Berlin14

Images below are from Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg.

Berlin7 (1)Berlin8 35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more posts from Germany.

And don’t forget to check out my podcast about museums and travel, Museums in Strange Places, available on Apple Podcasts and wherever else you get your podcast fix.

Day Trip to Cambridge, England

 Near the end of my two-week visit with Aleksi in London last October, we took an early-morning train to Cambridge for a day of wandering around the gorgeous colleges, eating fresh baked goods in town, and taking our time in the fabulous Fitzwilliam Museum. Unfortunately for Aleksi, the Fitzwilliam had a great exhibit on the art and science of illuminated manuscripts, so I took at least an hour to stare deeply into each page and reach ever label while he patiently waited. We also met up with a college friend of Aleksi’s who had recently begun graduate studies at Cambridge.

[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. For more pictures of England, click here.]

The City of London and Fleet Street

A few dusky shots from “The City,” the one square mile city and county situated smack dab in the middle of London. I love having these photos all saved and labeled on this blog. I know not that many people look at them, but they are really for me. So I can look back and remember the lovely evening Aleksi and I spent strolling around the city and talking about how London could be the perfect place for us to finally live in the same place after years of dating long distance and a year cross-Atlantic.

[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. For more pictures of London, click here.]

London: Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens

The Albert Memorial on the edge of Kensington Gardens in London was built in 1876 on the order of the Lord Mayor and against the wishes of Prince Albert, who was reportedly quite humble. The nearly 14 foot gilded statue of Albert at the center of the spectacular monument is surround by 187 figures that represent the continents, arts, industries, and sciences.

Photos taken on my two-week trip to London last October (2016). I’ve already got a trip to London planned for this coming October, so I’m hoping to finally catch up on my photos before I am back in Europe.  [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. For more pictures of London, click here.]