Friday, August 18, 2006

Back from our travels

We got back from Berlin yesterday - I've done so much walking I feel as though my feet don't belong to me anymore. My DH is very interested in the history of the city and provided our very own tour commentary! It's hard to imagine it as a divided city now, very little of the wall remains, although the line of where it ran is marked in paving stones. The first picture shows the Berlinerdom or cathedral and to the right of it is a more recent landmark, the Television Tower - it has a revolving restaurant on the top - we went to the bottom but the queues were too long to wait to go up (apparently the lifts are very small). Instead, we went up to the glass dome of the Reichstag at ten o'clock at night and had a lovely view of the lights of the city.

There is still a lot of building work going on in the city as they build on former open spaces or replace buildings erected by the former East German regime. What is fascinating is that where there are gaps in buildings they erect scaffolding covered with painted tarpaulin to show what the building will look like when it is completed and to provide a more aesthetic view for people. So the 'building' you see in this picture is actually a printed cloth covering scaffolding, a bit like a film set, I suppose.

And lastly, I couldn't resist a picture of this bear, the symbol of Berlin - don't you think he looks quilty? We also went to the Zoo, which DS enjoyed greatly - no bears there though (or at least I didn't see any).

Tomorrow I am going to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, it is meant to be the biggest Quilt Show in Europe so I have high hopes that it will be inspiring and that I will be able to take some pictures to share with you.


Libby said...

Sounds like you had an intersting, historical trip. What beautiful buildings and the bear is too cute. We are planning a trip to Germany later in the fall and hope to get to Berlin. I'm already feeling overwhelmed by all the beauty and history we will see.
Have a great time at the quilt show -- the largest in Europe -- wear comfy shoes *s*

Linda_J said...

Sounds like you are having a grand time even if the legs and feet are protesting a bit. Gotta love the bear with what really looks like a quilt!

jpquilter said...

what a wonderful trip - and I do love that bear, what a great find
hope the festival was wonderful, can't wait to see pictures

Katie said...

This is my third try to comment. I don't know what keeps happening. Love that bear! Glad you had a nice vacation. Hope you enjoyed the quilt show and were able to take pics. My favorite book since I first read it, about 45 years ago, is With A Lantern In Her Hand by Beth Streeter Aldrich and printed by the University of Nebraska Press. It is not about quilts but about a pioneer woman.

Tazzie said...

Wow, what a beautiful city! That bear does look like he's draped in a quilt, how cute!

Ali Honey said...

Just think how fit you must be now! Really enjoyed your photos; the quilt bear and that amazing building backcloth...I wonder what happens to it when the building is complete?

Finn said...

Sounds like a great vacation Fiona!! You'll have to rest your feet by doing some sewing..*VBS* Love the bear and the quilted squares painted on..LOL

Can't wait to see what you found in Birmingham. Hugs, Finn

EileenKNY said...

Nice to see you had a good time. What a great idea to cover the buildings like that-I wish they'd do that in New York City!
It's good that you can do these trips with kids, they'll always remember.

Patti said...

What a wonderful vacation. I am so thankful that awful wall is no more. If only the rest of the world could solve their differences and make peace!

The Calico Cat said...

OOOO can't wait to see the quilty photos. Enjoy the show!