Sightseeing in Berlin - Part 2

Hi everyone!

I am now back in England after having spent a week in Berlin. As I said in my last post, I want to tell/show you everything else I got up to whilst I was there!

Visiting the Berlin Wall is a must for anyone who goes to Berlin. Despite already having visited twice, it still amazed me just how long it is (and there is only a small part of it left standing now). 

The first part of the wall I walked past displayed the quote below and of course I love an inspirational quote.

The artwork on the wall is so contemporary and really interesting to look at.

... and another cute quote!

The picture above (I was told) is one of the most famous paintings on the wall. The two politicians are Erich Honecker (who was the East German leader), and the other is Leonid Brezhnev (who was the Soviet leader). If you're a history fan and are super interested in this picture click here.

One of my favourite parts of the wall is shown in the picture below. There is a purple flower for every person that died whilst trying to cross the wall.

As I was walking to the River Spree to go on a boat cruise I bumped into this huge statue of a green ampelmann. I found it cool but the face was a little bit creepy...

Although the weather man said that Thursday would be bright and sunny, it turned out to be cloudy and quite windy. It was probably one of the worst weather days of the week and so naturally it was when I went on a boat cruise down the River Spree.

I loved this boat cruise because you can see almost all of Berlin's major tourist attractions in 1 hour.

After going past the Reichstag, we saw other buildings (below) which had been designed my Norman Foster, and he builds such weird shaped buildings with holes in etc. so it was really fun to see!

I wasn't sure if I would have time to see Checkpoint Charlie so I just went for a really brief visit. It was so crowded (as usual) and I would have liked to have spent more time here.

I'm not actually hugely interested in history in general, but I think that German history is something I find quite fascinating (even though it is really sad) because I feel like it's more current. So visiting Checkpoint Charlie was really fun and I really wanted a picture with the guards but I was too scared to ask!

While I was in Berlin I decided that I wanted to do something different that I hadn't done before. After searching for places to go I decided to go to the Natural History Museum.

This decision was probably inspired by the fact that they have huge dinosaur models, and having recently seen Jurassic World I'm on the verge of being obsessed!

I would really recommend the science museum because it was really interactive and fun and it doesn't take hours and hours to go round.

The TV tower (or Fehrsehrturm) is something that I had been looking forward to all week, so yesterday morning when I woke up to blue skies I was like: ideal!

I had such a good view of all of Berlin, which makes a change to the last time I came, because when I came before it was so cloudly and foggy that you couldn't even see the ball at the top of the tower (above), from the ground!

After some last minute shopping I went to catch my plane and say goodbye to Berlin :(

I had such a great week and hope you have enjoyed my blog posts!




Sightseeing in Berlin - Part 1

Hi everyone!

Right now I am in Berlin which is so exciting because it's one of my favourite cities. I came here just under a year ago with my mum and we really enjoyed our time here so this year I decided to do a language course to improve my German and thought what better place to go than Berlin?

As well as going to school everyday I am managing to fit in some sightseeing and thought I'd share the placed I have visited so far.

As you can see from the picture above I visited the Brandenburg Gate and, because it is one of the nearest sights to where I am staying, I am going to go back.

The weather has been changing so much so I literally don't know what to where which is a bit of a nightmare because one minute it's bright and sunny and the next it's dark clouds and rain!

Just down the road from the Brandenburg Gate is the Holocaust Memorial. 

I have never seen a memorial like this one. There are so many grey cubes on the ground which differ in height and the ground undulates so one minute you'll be able to see over the cubes and the next minute you'll be surrounded by them.

The memorial is so unique which I think is so nice because the Holocaust was such a unique event that it deserves a special kind of memorial.

I could see the Reichstag from the Holocaust Memorial so I went to check it out.

Unfortunately I couldn't get a ticket to go up the glass dome because there weren't any available but it was still so lovely to see it because it's such an impressive building.

For anyone who doesn't know what the Reichstag is, it is the German Parliamentary building and I would definitely recommend booking tickets in advance to go inside the glass dome because I have done it in a previous trip and it was one of my favourite things I did whilst I was in Berlin.

My next stop was the Sony Centre which is a massive inside space. The ceiling (shown above) is amazing and there are so many restaurants inside. I really want to see a movie whilst I'm here so I might come back!

The Mall of Berlin is a definite must for anyone coming to Berlin. It is really close to the Sony Centre and is absolutely massive. There is a mixture of designer shops like Karl Lagerfeld and high street shops like H&M.

When I went there yesterday I watched an advert being filmed for a washing power in the space shown above. It was quite random but definitely fun to watch!

Also in the Berlin Mall is an amzing frozen yoghurt store where you do everything yourself. It was so yummy so there is no doubt that I'm going to go back for another!

I'm so excited to explore more of Berlin so I will do another post in a few days to show you what I've been up to.




The Best Churrería in Madrid

Hi everyone!

Yesterday I left the family I was au pairing for, which was so sad but for my last morning they decided to take me to the Churrería for chocolate con churros which softened the blow a bit!

The Churrería was called Los Cibeles and it was just outside Madrid in an area called Boadilla del Monte.

This was my first time trying churros and we also ordered two porras to share which are just super massive churros.

I found that churros were kind of like doughnuts and with the chocolate they were to die for!

I was so happy that I got to try some churros whilst I was in Spain and was told by my family that Los Cibeles was one of the best Chuurrería's in Madrid so I would recommend going there if you're ever in Madrid!


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