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Monbijoubrücke, Museumsinsel, Fernsehturm, ThatTowerAgain, Berlin, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, forty-seven

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

16 November 2012.

For me, this familiar scene says a lot of “home”.

In this southeast view from Berlin’s Monbijou Bridge, lingering autumn fog and mist partly obscures city landmark Fernsehturm (Television Tower) in the background at left. Also visible are the Rotes Rathaus at centre-right and the imposing structure housing the Bode Museum on the Museum Island at right. Railway tracks cross the island, “squeezed” between the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum. A bright-red Deutsche Bahn regional train crosses over the Spree river from left to right (east to west) on its way to Friedrichstrasse station and beyond to Central Station.

I made the image on 16 Nov 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/125-sec, f/8, ISO800, and 42mm focal length (67mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-mIi.

Tränenpalast, Palace of Tears, East Berlin, East Germany, West Berlin, West Germany, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, forty-six

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

11 November 2012.

On this day, it’s only been 23 years and 2 days since the Fall of the Wall in 1989. This short corridor once connected outgoing rail passengers passing through the gauntlet of checks and inquiries by East German guards inside the checkpoint. To those denied, the worded sign is cruel: “Departures ahead: long-distance trains, S-Bahn trains, U-Bahn trains.” I’m inside Berlin’s Tränenpalast, the so-called “Palace of Tears”. The image of the connecting corridor shows the short stretch within reach, blocked now by a sheet of glass. Beyond the transparent obstruction is entry into Friedrichstrasse train station.

I made the image on 11 Nov 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/40-sec, f/4.5, ISO800, 25mm focal length (40mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-mHK.

775th anniversary, Nikolaiviertel, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, forty-four

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

28 October 2012.

The village of Cölln is mentioned in a document dated 28 October 1237, effectively marking the birth of modern-day Berlin. The Museum Island is the present-day location for Cölln. Fast forward to 2012, the city of Berlin celebrated the 775th anniversary of the city’s founding on the banks of the Spree river. From the Nikolaiviertel to Schlossplatz, fire provided the illumination to the endless fascination of residents and visitors. France’s Cie Carabosse provided artists with sculptures breathing fire, wreathes twirling flame, and claypots as radiating sources of heat and light. In the image above, a folding wreath of flaming claypots appears to surround the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) in the background.

I made the image on 28 Oct 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/8-sec, f/4.5, ISO800, and 30mm focal length (48mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-mCt.

My Berlin: Humboldt University’s court of honour

Above/featured: Illuminated by autumn morning light, Helmholtz stands proud in the Humboldt University’s “Ehrenhof”.

If you’re in Berlin for the first time, you’ll likely make your way to the city centre and the classic tree-lined avenue Unter den Linden. When you’re not people-watching, you’ll likely admire the architecture along the way. Across the street from Bebelplatz plaza is the main building of the Humboldt University (HU). In its front court or “court of honour” are several memorial statues dedicated to some key figures in the history of arts, sciences, and the university: Hermann Helmholtz, Lise Meitner, Max Planck, and Theodor Mommsen.

The Humboldt University was one of many stops in Berlin during my visit in November 2021.

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Friedhof Wannsee Lindenstrasse, Neuer Friedhof Wannsee, Friedhof Wannsee II, Berlin, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

My Berlin: Wannsee cemetery with Helmholtz, Fischer, Conrad

Above/featured: Friedhof Wannsee Lindenstrasse with Andreaskirche in the background.

I came here looking for a physicist, but I also found a Nobel-Prize winning chemist and a successful banker.

In the southwest corner of metropolitan Berlin tucked away under rows of leafy trees in a quiet residential neighbourhood in Wannsee is a small cemetery, next to a tall red brick church Andreaskirche. With the main (east) entrance off Lindenstrasse, the cemetery is called Friedhof Wannsee Lindenstrasse; alternate names include “Neuer Friedhof Wannsee” and “Friedhof Wannsee II.” Opened in 1887, the cemetery is one of the smallest in the city with an area about 1.9 hectares (19-thousand square metres) or a shade under 5 acres.

(My day trip to Wannsee was only one element of my “quick” 11-day hop to Berlin in autumn 2021.)

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My Berlin: Chinese-Canadian Q.J. Louie at the Commonwealth War Cemetery

Above/featured: Cemetery view facing west, from the shelter building to the Stone of Remembrance, Cross of Sacrifice, and Terrace in the distance (WCL-X70: 14/21mm).

There’s a presence from western Canada buried in eastern Germany.

In Vancouver, Canada, the H.Y. Louie family has long been a part of the Chinese-Canadian community and the overall merchant community. Their current business holdings include the London Drugs chain of stores and the IGA grocery-store chain; both are well recognized throughout greater Vancouver.

One member of the family is resting permanently 8000 kilometres away in Berlin, Germany. An important goal in my return to the German capital city is a visit to the cemetery where a member of the Louie family, Q.J. Louie, is buried. It’s never been a matter of if, but when I return to Berlin.

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Berlin: a quick 8000-km jaunt home during the pandemic

Above/featured: S-Bahn station Messe Nord/ICC – 27 Nov 2021 (X70).

I’m going home to Berlin, for the 1st time in 4 years.

To travel at all, and to go international, is a big privilege; I’m grateful for the window of opportunity.

After a long gruelling emotional 2020 year taking care of an elderly parent at home with cancer and accompanying them safely to their final days, I’m desperate to get outta Vancouver for a break. But another 9 months pass before the largest roadblock to travel is dissolved. At the end of October 2021, the Canadian government releases a digital vaccination certificate suitable for domestic and international travel. Within a week, I have a set itinerary using credits from a cancelled trip.

The following describes plans and unconventional sights for Berlin, Germany over 11 days in the 2nd-half of November 2021. As case counts change and situations evolve at both ends, travellers must remain vigilant with extra preparation and adapt to changing policies, protocols, and requirements by different countries for visitors, ensuring safe and smooth travel, out and back. I go over all guidelines supplied by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and the city state of Berlin.

I’m not going to lug my DSLR camera and extra glass for this quick trip. Instead, I’ll only use my 340-gram (12-ounce) compact fixed-lens camera. In all respects, it’s a big weight off my shoulders.


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Grillplatz, Tempelhofer Feld, Flughafen Tempelhof, THF, Tempelhof, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin fall, four

(Autumn in Berlin, 4 of 4.)

After the Soviet Union had closed and cut off all ground-based supply routes in 1948 to West Berlin, Tempelhof Airport (THF) became the focal point for providing a lifeline between West Germany and West Berlin during the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949. Tempelhof continued operating as an airport until 2008.

The former airfield is now well-used by Berliners as a beloved green space in the “middle of the city.” A part of the vast flat grassy areas includes a large area for grilling; I had imagined bumper-to-bumper grills with little battery-operated fans blowing out wafts to tempt passers-by.

I made the photo above on 19 Oct 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/4.5, ISO200, and 29mm focal length (46mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-ltm.

Tegel airport, TXL, Runway 08R/26L, Berlin, Hauptstadt, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin fall, three

(Autumn in Berlin, 3 of 4.)

It’s a beautiful clear Sunday afternoon with that distinctive sharp chill in the late-autumn air. I hop on the U6 metro north in anticipation of photographing a few small planes at Tegel (Otto-Lilienthal) airport. A look around the metro station shows me an ideal out of the way location. In the image above, I’m facing west towards runway 08R/26L, watching planes directly overhead on their final approach to TXL airport.

With the long-awaited opening of the BER Berlin-Brandenburg airport at the end of October 2020, operations ceased at Tegel airport with one last flight a few weeks later. The airport was officially decommissioned in May 2021.

I made the photo above on 7 Dec 2014 with a Canon EOS6D mark1 and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/8, ISO500, and 105mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lte.

S-Bahn Berlin, S-Bahn, Savignyplatz, S5, Berlin, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Berlin fall, two

(Autumn in Berlin, 2 of 4.)

I’m at Savignyplatz watching the skies in fading afternoon light. I’m fascinated by the changing silhouettes of passing trains against the fixed silhouettes of the surrounding railway infrastructure. The elevated tracks of the east-west Stadtbahn (city rail link) are prominent here as several S-Bahn rail lines go through the area. In this image, the right-hand track is for westbound trains, as an S5 train heads outbound to Spandau*.

* As of posting (2021), the S3 and S9 S-Bahn lines traverse the Stadtbahn with their western terminus station at Spandau.

I made the photo above on 13 Oct 2017 with a Canon EOS6D mark1 and the following settings: 1/320-sec, f/8, ISO4000, and 45mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lt4.

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