A Journey to Berlin - Part 2
If you ask me what is the thing that mostly impressed me from Berlin… I’d say the Wall… at least what is left of it and mostly its idea… but if you ask me what is the thing that really moved me, that was with no doubt the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold, it consists technically of a 19,000-square-meter space covered with 2,711 concrete slabs and arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. … That is at least the mere description a robot would give you. But a feeling human being would tell you something else. What i felt inside was not comparable to anything else. I had a similar feeling only two other times, when i visited the Fosse Ardeatine in Rome and the Military Cemetery of Dinant in Belgium (probably because i did not visit yet the one located in Normandy). My impression :
This is the most beautiful Memorial you may ever seen, because it makes you feel, you enter and are alive in a part of it. You become the Memorial. Like it is yet not over. Like it can happen again. And you know it must not. You know that all what happened cannot fade away. It is very difficult, at least it was for me, to continue visiting the City like nothing happened. The Memorial really enters in the Experience feelings, and you do not see Berlin with the same eyes once you get out from it.
We proceeded crossing Tiergarten (it is huge!) up to the Bauhaus Museum. I really recommend the Bauhaus for designer, it is not huge yet very inspiring. It is a lovely spot to eat as well: there is a little bar held by a mother and daughter who cook very well. When we visited, they had a very nice pop up event all around the ecological benefits of re-use items.
We discovered the Brandenburg Gate, and got back to the touristic streets. The Gate is something to see if you drop by in Berlin, yet less impressive for Parisians and Romans very used already to this type of Architecture… based the Arc the Triomphe and the father of every gates, l’Arco di Traiano in Rome. Yet it remains quite a Neoclassical monument to visit, for the architecture lovers!
The district of Potsdamer Platz is crazy. Contemporary, all brand new, it seems to access again another city.
My Companion is a big fan of Dinosaurs… so I Could not avoid a stop to the Natural History Museum. The museum houses more than 30 million zoological, paleontological, and mineralogical specimens, including more than ten thousand type specimens… including the tyrex!
So yes, Berlin is an amazing place to visit.
There are so many things i had no time to visit, and i definitely dream to come back very soon!
I liebe dich, Berlin!
Danke und see you soon!
All pictures are © Vincent Bridenne