|Grizzled musicians at the Christmas market near the Opera House|
Funeral in Berlin, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Wings of Desire and reading snippets of great books set in Berlin in the Berlin City Lit Guide from Oxygen Books (excellent series -- I had the New York one when we went to NYC last year). As all those films are set in the era of the Cold War and the Wall, it actually gave us a rather grim picture of paranoia, dereliction and division: of course, nothing could be further from the truth now.
|Old and less old: the Opera House flanked by the brilliant TV tower from the days of East Berlin|
|Hard to make out the picture on the left -- a soldier sitting on his helmet with an arrow through his head??|
|The entrance to our first Christmas market|
Guggenheim collection, which I've just discovered is something to do with Deutsche Bank -- it was good, anyway, with, it seemed, one painting by all the key artists of the late 19th and early 20th century and a few extra Kandinskys thrown in for good measure. The shop was very imaginatively stocked.
|The Brandenburg Gate|
|The Sony Centre|
|Christmas tree in Potsdamer Platz|
|Part of the Kulturforum|
|I think this was some kind of performance art... Not real soldiers|
The next day it was still snowing like mad. We set off on the U-bahn to Mauerpark flea market. 'Mauerpark' means 'wall park' and is a strip of green that was reclaimed from the no-man's-land alongside a section of the Wall after it came down -- reclaimed by the local people.
Christian Boltanski's art works in memory of murdered Jews.
|Warhol at the Hamburger Bahnhof|
|'Lilith at the Red Sea'|
|'Group Photo of Prefects': lifesize figures made from polyurethane, sand, glass, textiles and oil paint|
|two views of 'Santa Claus', a three-dimensional recreation of one of Honert's childhood drawings (polyester, polystyrene, wood and acrylic)|
|'Fire' (with 'Starling' in the background)|
|Detail of 'Giants' which Honert explains are the same size as the world's tallest man and so perhaps explain ancient myths of giants -- just very tall humans|
|Alexanderplatz Christmas Market|
|All that sugar doesn't necessarily make you sweet -- stallholder at the Christmas market|
|Curtain of sausages...|
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas...