BERLIN

A SUPRISE TRIP FROM MY GIRLFRIEND FOR MY CHRISTMAS.

THE FIRST OF A NOW YEARLY GIFT GIVING TRADITION.

IT WAS AN AMAZINGLY INSIGHTFUL TRIP FILLED WITH MUSEUMS, GREAT FOOD AND BEER.

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HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL

In the heart of Berlin. Ash stands gazing at just one of 2,711 towering slabs or "stelae" in this 4.7-acre concrete jungle. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold, this memorial is to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, with a sub-terranean 'place of information' holding the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims. Honestly, this has to be one of, if not the most amazing and moving experience from the trip. According to Eisenman, he wanted to create an illusion of instability in an apparent system of order, and you get to physically explore this idea with the varying heights of the slabs and uneven wave-like ground. Genuinely phenomenal. If you're ever in Berlin, don't leave without a visit.
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This is just one of many from Berlin with @jurassicashley .
I spent a lot of time on these shots. I'll upload most in a slideshow to my story but I'll post my personal favourites right here

CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

Once a crucial border crossing point between east and west Berlin until 1990, Checkpoint Charlie is now a tacky tourist trap, that is borderline insulting to its historical significance and the locals of Berlin. I’ve been to a few landmarks, eroded through time by the waves of tourists and street cosplayers looking to make an easy dollar; Times Square, Hollywood Boulevard, Alcatraz and so on. However, I have never seen something so insensitive and historically inaccurate as fake Russian and US soldiers charging tourists for photos.

A legendary landmark where, in October of 1961, American and Soviet tanks staged a six-day standoff. Now lined with American fast-food chains, burger joints, and of course a bloody Starbucks. Checkpoint Charlie was the only point where the armies of the US and the Soviet Union came face to face directly during the Cold War. Built-in August of 1961 after the construction of the Berlin Wall began, the checkpoints use as a crossing was exclusive to Western military personnel and diplomats.


From what I can read, there is not much of a solid plan to do anything about the issue. It certainly is a commonly discussed problem amongst Berlin locals and Cold War historians. And from the moment I stood across from it, every ounce of excitement and hope for the spectacle I had built in anticipation of the trip left in an instant after I was faced with its reality. As in every case, money prevails and the profit generated by the tide of tourists in peak times will keep Checkpoint Charlie a watered-down memory of its former cultural significance and iconic presence.
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Nevertheless, Berlin was still a phenomenal experience, and this is my observation and thoughts from taking photos in this particular spot.
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Also, this guys name is 100%, NOT Cole.

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BERLINER FERNSEHTURM

The pretty random thing we did in Berlin took a glass-topped elevator 203m (666ft) up the 'Tv Tower' above the city. Built-in the 60's, it was intended to be a symbol of Communist power and the power of Berlin. The tallest structure in Germany does actually serve as home to several radio and television broadcasting stations. It's impossible to miss. We were staying maybe 5 minutes away so it acted as our homing beacon, which was handy considering you can see it from literally every corner of the city. It felt almost wrong not to investigate. With no planning at all, we bought a ticket and headed up all 666 feet in about 60 seconds. Incredibly worth it, though the interior feels pretty outdated, the sights were insane. Thanks to the outward angled windows I couldn't get a decent shot of the city at night. But I feel this shot here really emphasises it's scale and goliath Esque presence. Amazing experience 👌

DAS ENDE!

(THE END)

BERLIN WAS INCREDIBLE.

IT'S ONE OF THE FEW PLACES I RECCOMEND TO ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY AS A CITY YOU HAVE TO VISIT. 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE IMAGES AND STORIES FROM MY SHORT TIME IN THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.

THERE'S A BONUS ROUND OF UN-CAPTIONED IMAGES BELOW THAT ENDED UP ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR.

 

HOWEVER, I THINK THEY DESERVE ATTENTION.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!

-KJT

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