Archive for January, 2010

Munich

Posted in European Summer Adventure 2009, Travel Europe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

Another chapter in my European Summer Adventure!

Family Bretzln at the Beer Garden

I left Berlin on an overnight train to Munich and arrived at my hostel just in time to join Sandeman’s New Europe tour to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.  Visiting Dachau was very educational and quite humbling.  It was a dreary rainy day which seemed fitting for the subject matter.  I recommend taking the guided tour, though you can visit on your own for free.  Our guide, Matt, was very knowledgeable and definitely enhanced our experience.

Entrance Gate - Arbeit Macht Frei - Work Makes Free

Sleeping Room

Memorial Sculpture

Never Again

Showers that are not showers

A statue to commemorate the survivors

While on this tour, I met a lovely French lady named Sylvie.  We decided to hang out and see Munich together.  Luckily, she had been to the city before and served as an awesome tour guide for me.  (Although, we did join Sandeman’s Free Walking Tour the next day, just for good measure.)

Help a Fish is Eating my Head

Do you dirndl?

The Glockenspiel at the New Town Hall

The May Pole

Check out those Lederhosen!

Victory with Lions

See more photos here!  Next stop Barcelona!

Lando Dr. Pepper

Posted in funny with tags , , , , , on January 1, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

One of my favorite podcasts is “Stuff You Should Know” by howstuffworks.com

Here is an awesome video from those same folks advertising Charles Ross’s One Man Star Wars Trilogy.

Ich Bin Ein Berliner

Posted in European Summer Adventure 2009, Travel Europe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

This summer at the beginning of my massive European Summer Adventure, I spent a few days in Paris with friends from my show.   After Paris, Marshall and Lionel hopped a train to head to the South of France to visit Lionel’s hometown (Digne) and I took a plane to Berlin to spend a week in Germany by myself.

Hallo Sommer, Hello Adventure

I had a wonderful three-day stint in Berlin from the 24 thru 27 of June.  I stayed at the Eastern Comfort Hostelboat, which is an old boat converted into a kick-ass hostel that sits docked on the river Spree right by the Oberbaum Bridge and the East Side Gallery.

View from the Hostel at night. With a view of the O2 Arena and the TV Tower

Oberbaumbrücke

Day One

On the first full day, I visited the Stasi Museum and toured the old Stasi offices, viewed lots of propaganda, saw cool spy equipment and followed the history of the history of the DDR (GDR).   Here are some highlights:

Pen microphone

Buttonhole Camera

The crafter in me appreciates the Communist Latch Hook Rugs

Headquarters

The Revolution

After a quick bretzl lunch, I went to the Dali Museum and explored town on foot.  I stopped by Alexanderplatz (home of the famous TV Tower, World Time Clock and the Fountain of Friendship Between Peoples) and site of the Alexanderplatz Demonstration on 4 November 1989.

Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

Fountain of Friendship Between Peoples

Further exploration lead me all around the surrounding area and I got to take a bunch of fun photos.

Neptune's Fountain

Alexa Sculpture

A Piece of the Wall near the Dali Museum

Day Two

On my second day, I joined the Free Walking Tour with Sandeman’s New Europe guides.  My guide was named Mick who hails from England, but has been living in Berlin for a while working as an actor.   The tour started in Pariser Platz (home of the Bradenburg Tor, US Embassy, French Embassy and the famous Michael Jackson baby dangling balcony at the Hotel Adlon).

Bradenburg Tor

Stormtrooper

The Jewish Holocaust Memorial

David Hasselhoff Saved the World

Part of the Wall

Mick shows us a map

Keith Herring's The Boxers at Potsdamer Platz

The interior of Frank Gehry's DG Bank Building

Creepy

Day Three

On my third and final day, I hopped on the subway and headed into the northern section of the city to check out some more neighborhoods and another wall memorial.

A Handstand Bear for Marshall

Beer Drinking Gnomes for Sara

Cute Bears for Maggie

Bernauer Strasse

Molecule Man by Borofsky

See more photos of Berlin here.  Read my post on the East Side Gallery here!  Up next, Munich!

The East Side Gallery

Posted in European Summer Adventure 2009, Travel Europe with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2010 by Yarn Over New York

Berlin Trip Highlight – East Side Gallery

Interesting Fact: The Berlin Wall fell on my 11th birthday, November 9, 1989.

My hostel was right next to the East Side Gallery (official site) (wiki site), the largest remaining section of the Berlin Wall.  Artwork covers the eastern side of the wall along a 1.3km long path.  Here are some of my favorites:

Dmitri Wrubel: Mein Gott hilf mir, diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben - My God help me, this deadly love to survive

Theodor Chezlav Tezhik: The Big Kremlin's Wind

César Olhagaray

Rosemarie Schinzler: Wachsen lassen

Christine Fuchs: How's God? She's Black

Birgit Kinder: Test the Best

More photos here!  Read about the rest of my trip to Berlin here!