BCBG

Many of you, particularly the women among you, may believe that BCBG is a women’s fashion line. Not so. It actually stands for “Berlin: Cafes, Bars/Buildings, Graffiti”. There are more Cafes, Bars/Buildings and displays of Graffiti here than anywhere else we have travelled – and that includes Rome which I believed would never be beaten in that department.

Given the B is for Berlin, let’s start with the C.

After so many days of cold, miserable weather, it was certainly nice to find a city where a cactus could actually grow.

On the table at the Candy on the Bone deli.

On the table at the Candy on the Bone deli.

il Casolare is a local Italian restaurant which looked quite calm and desolate when we walked by during the day. When we arrived at 7 pm, it was a different story. Terry signalled a table for 4 – but she used both hands which was interpreted as 8. I wish I had had the camera ready for the guys’ reaction! It was priceless. The food was fantastic and the ambiance was even better. Service even beyond the ambiance.

Didn't matter if you were outside (left) or inside (right)

Didn’t matter if you were outside (left) or inside (right), it was packed.

They do know how to look after their clientele

Enough said...

Enough said…

B is for Buildings (It is also for Bars, of which we see hundreds on our daily walks, but we haven’t been up late enough to visit one)

Driving in from the airport, it was very very obvious that most, if not all, of Berlin had been destroyed in the war. There did not appear to be any of the old buildings we saw in London, Krakow, Prague or Budapest. What we did see were very new and modern. This was reinforced on the Hop On Hop Off bus tour (another bad idea – more in another post) where the guides just kept pointing out the new buildings.

A knife-edged new building

A knife-edged new building

A

I have never been to New York, but somehow this reminded me of the Empire State building

Terry and Ria in the Sony Centre. There is no angle or place to get a good photo of this incredible building.

Terry and Ria in the Sony Centre. There is no angle or place to get a good photo of this incredible building.

At the Sony Centre is a Lego Discovery Centre.

Check out the very cool cap

Check out the very cool cap

Right down to the tail feathers

Right down to the tail feathers

And now we come to the G – as in a Gargantuan amount of Graffiti. It ranges from the very artistic to the standard tagging. It must be frustrating to live in an area where no matter how often the walls are cleaned, the artists just come back. There seems to be a general rule among the graffiti artists not to deface each other’s work. You do see it occasionally but not often.

Graffiti1 Graffiti2 Graffiti3 Graffiti4

And now, moving away from BCBG (Ed note:  too bad he didn’t include a ‘D’ for dirty.  Really quite grubby, especially in the east with squatters and hippy-types living rough–‘No Pictures!’)

Obviously, you cannot come to Berlin without visiting The Wall. These are three photos of parts of the longest remaining stretch still standing – 1.6km. Right after it started to come down, artists from all of the world descended upon Berlin to paint it and they did – both sides. If you look at the top, you can see what appears to be a round pipe. This was the cap of the wall to prevent anyone from getting a handhold.

Wall2 Wall3 Wall4

At the bottom was an angled protrusion of about 4 feet which was designed to stop any car of trying to ram its way through.

Grabbed this photo off the internet to show what I mean

Grabbed this photo off the internet to show what I mean (post-gazette.com)

wall

Here’s a shock for you. The famous Checkpoint Charlie has changed.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

From this

Taken from the west on October 26, 1961 when Russian and American tanks were facing each other down

Taken from the west in October 1961 when Russian and American tanks were facing each other down

to this

Faces of Dortmund Football Club in town for the national final (our grey cup - they lost) with American "soldiers" for a photo op

Fans of Dortmund Football Club in town for the national final (our Grey Cup – they lost) with American “soldiers” for a photo op

You have all heard helicopters flying overhead. You may have even seen them land on helipads. Bet you have never seen one land on a bridge in the middle of Berlin in the middle of the afternoon though.

We aren't sure, but we think this was some kind of medical emergency and due to the road traffic they didn't think an ambulance could get there (wherever there is) in time. Caused great excitement among the mostly muslim population in the area,

We aren’t sure, but we think this was some kind of medical emergency and due to the road traffic they didn’t think an ambulance could get there (wherever there is) in time. Caused great excitement among the mostly muslim population in the area,

The Shoe Blog

Why do I have a picture of chicken in the Shoe Blog? Well, it’s because of a story. Many of you have expressed that you were surprised I never got arrested or “involved” with anyone while I took my photos of shoes.

Just after we saw the helicopter land, we wandered into a semi-weekly Turkish market. I started to take photos of all the different things which were available – basil plants, cloths, perfume, and chicken. Just after I took the photo of the chicken, however, the guy behind the counter went a little nuts – okay, a lot nuts, on me. If you look on the right hand side of the photo, you can see a bag and a pair of hands. If you could see more, you could see she is wearing a burka. Taking a photo of a muslim woman is not a good idea. I don’t know exactly what he was saying to me, but I got the general idea and feeling that I should vacate the premises VERY quickly.Camera Fool

 

 

2 thoughts on “BCBG

  1. Lois and Gerry

    We stayed in the former East Berlin…east vs west was proof that communisim did not work. Berlin museums were amazing. Nefretti statue was well guarded but of interest.

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  2. Wendy Wilson

    Friend, Bev and I were on a Rick Steeves tour of Berlin and had a great and fun lunch in a park in what used to be East Berlin. Good sausage pastry, beer, music, and friendly people. Also took away a very small piece of the Wall as a souvenir. Or so shop said it had been part of the wall! Who is to know retailers just get chunks of cement from anywhere?! I don’t remember what I paid for it.

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