From Karl’s market, we drove into Berlin to spend the rest of the day sight-seeing. I was constantly noticing the artwork on the various buildings everywhere we went. Berlin was a city humming and pulsating with art. It was as if the need to create art was so dynamic and full of passion that it could not be contained, it had to leap out of the hearts of the people onto walls and buildings and whatever other surface where this passion could find expression. It left me with the feeling that we were constantly walking through a living, breathing art museum.
We walked to Alexanderplatz , with the Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower) as our constant companion (at 368 meters high, it’s the tallest building in Germany and is prominent and visible throughout the Berlin cityscape). We stopped and took pictures at the intriguing World Clock, which shows the time of various cities around the world. After finding the closest time to home, we then strolled past various street musicians, buskers, eye-catching architecture [Berlin Cathedral, Rotes_Rathaus (Red City Hall)], and even huge soap bubbles dancing across the square outside the old church. We stopped at the Neptunbrunnen fountain for more pictures before wending our way to a rather impressive wine shop.
The wine shop was one of those places that is smaller on the outside than it is on the inside. It seemed to expand before our eyes once we stepped foot inside the door. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures in there, but suffice to say that it was filled from floor to ceiling with every imaginable shape, size and colour of bottles of liquor, many of which we had never seen or known existed before. While we’re not big drinkers, we were regretting not having enough weight allowance to take some of these gorgeous decorative bottles home with us.
There was a lovely cafe next door with mouth-watering pastries beckoning to us from the display window. What was even lovelier was that when we went to pay, we found out that a friend of Janine’s (who worked at that wine shop next door) had come in and paid our bill already!
From the coffee shop, we headed back to the car and then to the home of a friend of Janine’s, who had managed to snag passes for all of us to attend a very special evening. It was a firework demonstration show, put on by firework specialists for firework buyers from all over the world! How amazing is that!!! It was something we could never have imagined experiencing, and was such a fun, awesome evening. There were food kiosks serving up Bratwursts and beer, but I opted for the sizzling BBQ steak instead, and was glad because it practically melted in my mouth and was one of the best I’ve ever tasted in my life!
I discovered the firework function on my camera and for the rest of the evening had way too much fun experimenting. In fact, I took close to 100 pictures, but will only show a few of my favourites here in this post. The firework demonstration lasted for about 2 hours and ended with a grand finale that lit up the sky with every colour imaginable. We left feeling like we had just been treated to one of the most magical nights ever. It was around midnight when we finally arrived back in Paulinenaue, exhausted but oh so delighted with the fabulous day we had just enjoyed.
First off, as you probably realize by now, I am not a professional photographer. I own a little pocket-size Canon Powershot SD1000 which I hang around my neck and use – often on the run – with one hand without even checking the settings. Since many of our trips involve bus tours with a fairly hectic pace, this camera has suited me well in all of our travels. After carrying this camera around me for all these years, I admit that until this night in this little village outside of Berlin, I had no recollection that it had a firework function, nor did I have a clue – or time to figure out – how to use it properly. I was delighted to find it, and proceeded to have a lot of fun experimenting for the next two hours. My pictures of the fireworks did not all turn out the way they’re probably supposed to, in fact, I clearly should have played around more with a few of the settings. But I thought some of them were cool enough to share here. Don’t judge me on my firework-photographing skills, enjoy the colour-captures just as they are. (BTW, this was one of the neatest, most enjoyable events André and I have ever been to! Warning: I might be tempted to show more of these firework photos, maybe at the very end of the Berlin series as a sort of grand finale.)
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