Berlin at Christmas, 2013

 

In December 2013 Ron and Carol spent 7 days in Berlin. They did five major museums, a bus tour, a boat tour and even a small walking tour. They were also able to visit three Christmas Markets.

 

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Baltimore, MD - National Cryptologic Museum. As usual Ron and Carol go early to a museum before the flight, this time the National Cryptologic Museum near BWI. There they happened to meet the Deputy Director of the NSA John Inglis. He started talking to us out of the blue, and told us some interesting facts about the things in the museums. Ron tried to exchange business cards, but Director Inglis did not have any, but gave Ron an NSA medallion instead. Here Ron is looking at it. For details please read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/2013/12/11/ .

 

 

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The NSA medallion Ron got. Director Inglis name is on the back in ASCII.

 

 

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Baltimore, MD - National Cryptologic Museum. Ron encrypted and then decrypted his name on a WWII German Enigma machine.

 

 

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Berlin – Berlin Cathedral (German: Berliner Dom) was built in 1906. It is the largest Protestant church in Germany. Its bells welcomed Ron and Carol to Museum Island at the start of their vacation. (A photo merge.) For details please read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/2013/12/14/ .

 

 

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Berlin – Left from the previous picture is the Altes Museum. This was completed in 1830 as a museum and is one of the most important buildings of the Neoclassical era. The museum houses the art and culture of the Greeks, Etruscans [rare], and Romans.

 

 

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Berlin – The Altes Museum. Ron with an Etruscan shield from 7c. BC.

 

 

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Berlin – The Altes Museum. Julius Caesar staring at his lover Cleopatra (VII). Her stature done in her lifetime and his soon after his death. Therefore, both should be accurate. The arrangement is breathtaking.

 

 

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Berlin – The Altes Museum. The so called ‘Berlin Goddess’. Greek (Attica), 580-560 BC, life size.

 

 

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Berlin – Bus tour. A section of the Berlin Wall still standing. The round shapes placed on top were harder to get over than barbed wire. For details of the bus tour and the Neues museum please read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/2013/12/18/ .

 

 

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Berlin – Bus tour. The Berlin City Hall, called the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall). Built 1860s, but like most things in Berlin, it was heavily damaged in WWII. This rebuilt to original plans. The iconic TV tower (Fernsehturm) can be seen in the background. Built in 1969 by the DGR.

 

 

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Berlin – The Neues Museum on the left and the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) on the right. Behind is the hard to photograph Pergamon Museum. All on Museum Island. (A photo merge.)

 

 

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Berlin – The Neues Museum. An Egyptian lyre with heads of horses. New Kingdom, 15-12c BC.

 

 

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Berlin – The Neues Museum. Possible statue of King Tutankhamun, ruled ca. 1332 BC – 1323 BC.
The Neues museum also has the famous statue of Nefertiti. No pictures of her were allowed so here is a link: http://upload.wikimedia.org/.../Nofretete_Neues_Museum.jpg

 

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Berlin – The Neues Museum. Helmet and armor of a murmillo class gladiator. He would have carried a Roman sword and rectangular shield.

 

 

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Berlin – The Neues Museum. Oracle statue of goddess Isis. From the villa of Hadrian (!) in Tivoli. 130 AD, life size.

 

 

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Berlin at night. One evening Carol and Ron went out to supper in the fog. There was all that could be seen of the TV tower. They ate at the base of the tower and had currywurst, probably for the first and last time. (Think fat hot dog in ketchup.)

 

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Berlin – The Christmas Market at City Hall.

 

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Berlin – The Pergamon Museum. The Ishtar Gate was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon. It was constructed in about 575 BC by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II. (The one in the Book of Daniel.) The Germans rebuilt the gate from thousands of small pieces. For details of more of the Pergamon Museum visit please read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/2013/12/26/ .

 

 

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Berlin – The Pergamon Museum. The Market Gate of Miletus. 2nd c. AD. (A photo merge.)

 

 

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Berlin – The Pergamon Museum. The famous Code of Hammurabi is a well-preserved Babylonian law code [“an eye for an eye”], dating back to about 1772 BC.

 

 

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Berlin – The Pergamon Museum. The Pergamon Altar is a monumental construction built in the first half of the 2nd century BC in the ancient city of Pergamon in Asia Minor. (Seleucid Empire.)

 

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Berlin – The Pergamon Museum. Carol waving from the top of the Pergamon Altar.

 

 

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Berlin – The Pergamon Museum. Carol between two lions belonging to a gate into the city of Sam’al in Turkey. 10-8c, BC.

 

 

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Berlin – The Pergamon Museum. Relief showing a royal bodyguard from the palace of Darius I in Susa, 5c BC. Nearly life size figures.

 

 

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Berlin - The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) contains many eclectic works of art with emphasis on works related to German artist or culture. Here one by Caspar Friedrick called “Woman at a Window”, 1822. For details please read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/2014/01/11/ .

 

 

Berlin – near Potsdamer Platz more Berlin wall, with history. For details of our bus trip and the Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery) please read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/2014/01/24/ .

 

 

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Berlin – Sony Center. Ron and Carol came across the setup for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' European premiere in Berlin. Here Ron checks Smaug’s tooth for sharpness.

 

 

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Berlin – Sony Center. The premiere of the movie was on the day Ron and Carol left Berlin. Here Martin Freeman stands in front of the same teeth.

 

 

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Berlin – Sony Center. A giraffe made of Lego.

 

 

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Berlin – The Gemäldegalerie. This museum, near Potsdamer Platz, holds one of the world's leading collections of European paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Here an art picture by Carol of the inside of the dome.

 

 

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Berlin – The Gemäldegalerie. A portrait of a young lady by Sandro Botticelli from 1460.

 

 

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Berlin – The Gemäldegalerie. Die Grablegung Mariae (The Entombment of Mary) by Giotto di Bondone,1310. Very famous.

 

 

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Berlin – Outside the Gemäldegalerie. Fortunately the museum was open to 8PM and Ron and Carol were able to complete it in one day. This is looking south with the Berlin Philharmonic to the left.

 

 

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Berlin – The Bode Museum. (Pronounced ‘border’.) Built in 1904 it is now the home for a collection of sculptures, Byzantine art, and coins and medals. It is at the west end of Museum Island. For details please read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/2014/01/25/ .

 

 

Berlin – The Bode Museum. A gambling machine with scenes of chariot racing. Drop a coin in and watch it avoid the openings. Constantinople, 5th c.

 

 

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Berlin – The Bode Museum. Vanitas. …while the other side shows death. By Frankreich oder Niederlande, 16c,

 

 

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Berlin – The Bode Museum. The Bound Corsair (pirate). By Baratta, 1710. About 15 ins.

 

 

Berlin – The Bode Museum. Mary from an annunciation. Valdambrino, Siena, 1420. Life size, almost shocking in its color.

 

 

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Berlin – The Bode Museum. Oil lamp on an Eagle’s Claw. Ravenna, Italy, 1538.

 

 

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Berlin – The Bode Museum. The rotunda staircase. (A photo merge.)

 

 

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Berlin – The Brandenburg Gate (German: Tor) is a former city gate, rebuilt in the late 18th century. This was the day for a walking tour. For details please read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/2014/01/30/ .

 

 

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Berlin – On Unter den Linden ("under the linden trees") Boulevard, a shop for the walk/don’t walk symbols of Berlin. Ron bought a watch hat with the red man.

 

 

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Berlin – near Gendarmenmarkt. Looking for a rest and something to drink, Ron and Carol’s spotted what seemed to be a sport’s bar called Ritter Sport. Once inside they realize it was a chocolate shop. Great! Coffee and tea with fruit dipped in chocolate. (Do not tell Ron’s doctor.)

 

 

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Berlin – Gendarmenmarkt. A huge Christmas Market. Crowded! The square contains three large buildings. Shown is the Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral) which is now a museum of German history.

 

 

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Berlin – Near Unter den Linden. Carol getting between a bear and its cubs again. (Every trip!) Behind is the Unter den Linden Christmas Market. This was a lot more fun.

 

 

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Berlin – on the Spree River. Carol listening to the commentary in English. For details of the boat tour please read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/2014/02/01/ .

 

 

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Berlin – on the Spree. A boat similar to what Ron and Carol are on, in front of Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Main or Central [train] Station).

 

 

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Berlin – a walk on the Spree.

 

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