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.

Street Art and Murals in Berlin, Germany

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Just some of the prolific street art and murals I spotted in Berlin during my visit in February 2017. Fans of Sense8 and superfans of the character Wolfgang may recognize the image above as the backdrop for a football scene in one of the episodes.  Berlin4

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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.

Tempelhof Field: Berlin’s Airport Turned Community Park

 

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Berlin82Berlin2Ok, I am *finally* sitting down to get this blog up to date! I’m still taking pictures and traveling quite a bit. I’ve been really busy with a Fulbright to go back to Iceland, a move to Poland after that, and my podcast, Museums in Strange Places.

But first things first, I need to get past the roadblock that has been the enormous amount of photos I took in Berlin in February 2017. These are from Tempelhofer Feld, a site with a long and fascinating history. Originally a military parade ground used by locals as a park when it wasn’t needed for it’s formal purpose, it became an airport in the 1920’s and was the sight of many early experiments in flight. The Nazis took over in the 1930’s and built a much bigger airport on top of the existing one. After the war, the airfield served many purposes, and in recent years was serving once again as an airport. In 2008, the airport was closed, and rather than see the land be developed, the surrounding communities came together to keep the area preserved as a huge mixed-use park. Today, the former airport buildings are being used as Germany’s largest refugee shelter.

It’s a weird place to explore because little of the airport apparatus was removed. When we went, even on a gray February day, it was filled with people using it in many creative ways, from cleaning out their plot in a beautifully chaotic community garden (pictured above and below) to using the old runways to windsurf with skateboards and roller blades. Parents with kids strolled around the outer walkway, while kids and teens raced back and forth on the tarmac, enjoying the enormous empty paved spaces you don’t usually find in the middle of a city park.

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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.

Berlin, Germany

In February 2017, Aleksi and I met in Berlin, Germany. I’d just been to London to visit him in October, and he’d already been to Tennessee a few times, so we wanted to go somewhere new. We stayed at a flat in Prenzlaurberg for six days, and had an amazing time exploring, even in rainy weather. I can confidently say that Berlin was one of the coolest cities I’ve ever visited. It was my first time to Germany, and I can’t wait to go back to Berlin (maybe in the summer next time) and explore more of Germany.

Above: The Reichstag building, home of the German legislative body, the Bundestag.

Below: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

 

[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]

North Carolina: Blue Ridge Parkway

Winter is certainly not the ideal time of year to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, but we didn’t let that stop us. Even in the winter, it was one of the most spectacular drives I’ve ever taken. We drove about an hour north on the parkway from the Visitors Center near Asheville and hiked the Craggy Pinnacle Trail, which gave us a stunning (and extremely windy) 360 view of the seemingly endless layers of mountains. (Photos from our Christmas 2016 roadtrip from Nashville, TN, to Upper Marlboro, MD, and back.)

[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]

Asheville, North Carolina


On our way back to Nashville from Maryland this past Christmas, we stopped for three days in Asheville, North Carolina. This quirky mountain town is known for it’s live bluegrass and thriving arts scene. We had a blast walking around, popping into cool shops and bookstores, catching mid-day movies at the indie theater, and checking out a bluegrass jam at a local pub one evening.

[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]