Posts tagged with ‘berlin’

  • Urban Journeys: Handwerk

    Sophienstraße

    WHERE: Berlin

    COUNTRY: Germany

    WHEN: March 2015

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  • Urban Journeys: Fanta

    Fanta-Berlin

    Fanta

    WHERE:Berlin

    COUNTRY: Germany

    WHEN: November, 2014

     

    It is quite common to see urban art on the gable ends of residential buildings in Berlin, Germany and this is just one I came across this year in Mitte, Berlin. I will be on the look out for more as they are always fun and interesting.

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  • Urban Journeys: Alcatraz

    Alcatraz

     

    Alcatraz

    WHERE: Berlin

    COUNTRY: Germany

    WHEN: November, 2014

     

    Came across this entrance way in Berlin. It is the entrance of a backpackers hostel accommodation named… yes you guessed it. Alcatraz. The humour is appreciated.

    The original Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay in California, United States. Often referred to as “The Rock“, it has a lighthouse, a military fortification, was a military prison, and later served as a federal prison from 1933 until 1963.  In 1972, Alcatraz became a national recreation area and is now a popluar tourist destination.

    Amongst its infamous ‘inhabitants’ were the notorious gangster Al “Scarface” Capone (1899-1947) and murderer Robert “Birdman of Alcatraz” Stroud (1890-1963). Though many attempts were made, it is said that no prisoner ever escaped the island.


    Despite the name, the Alcatraz hostel actually looks like a pretty cool and friendly place judging from their website, their Google+ page and reviews from customers. So if you are looking for cheap accommodation in the centre of Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg) check out the Alcatraz Backpacker Hostel Berlin. It is close to the popular “Mauerpark” with its great flea-market on Sundays.

     

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  • Urban Journeys: Connected

    Connections-Berlin

     

    Blue and Pink Pipes

    WHERE: Berlin

    COUNTRY: Germany

    WHEN: 2014

    If you have come across the pink and blue pipes in Berlin and have been wondering what they are for there is what I found out. The groundwater level in Berlin apparently quite high making it swampy just below ground level and this can be a challenge when a building is under construction.

    The pipes are used to carry away water from the building site. It is said if you follow the pipe to one end you will arrive at a construction site and if you follow it to the other end you will end up at a canal or river. I wonder if the blue and pink have different functions. Do share if you know.

    So fascinating! They certainly add a character to the city and gets you asking questions about how it functions.

     

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