Saturday, March 31, 2012

Berliner Kunstmarkt (Berlin Art Market) and scenes along the Spree

I didn’t plan well our Berlin trip because I wanted it to be a spontaneous short holiday but I did look up some food markets and their schedules and saved them to my laptop. However, while retrieving my Berlin word file, it experienced an error. I pulled out an old Berlin word file instead and the new one I made was never saved. ARGHHH. Needless to say, I was terribly annoyed; I was really looking forward to visiting the food markets in Berlin. There was cable internet of course in the hotel room but for some reason I was too lazy to go online and search again.

So in the morning I asked the hotel receptionist where the markets are located. She told us that there are quite a number of markets on the Spree by the Hackescher Markt. She pointed her finger on the map where they are located and gave us the best direction on how to get there on foot.

We eventually arrived at the market but instead of seeing a food market, we were welcomed by the Berliner Kunstmarkt am Zeughaus! Farther along the River Spree was another market selling old books.

This art market is only open in the weekends I believe. I’m not the type of person who buys art on the streets. Not in art galleries as well. In fact I do not like buying art from other people. I prefer to enjoy my own art. With a Fine Arts degree under my belt, I am admittedly quite arrogant, in the sense that I want to patronise my own. I have this 10-year in the making project which I am not even halfway through: a massive wall painting for our living room.

Dutchman said I am completely hopeless as he hasn’t seen a single development on my promised painting project. I know, it is my fault. I’m busy as hell with work and I cannot see myself weaving another hobby into my already hectic corporate slash leisure life. I will stick to travelling, photography and blogging for now.

Here are the pictures I took of the art and book market along the Spree. The market is located parallel to the museums, Alte and National Gallery and the Berliner Dom.

The Berliner Kunstmarkt: Not many vendors here like their art and wares photographed so I kept a safe distance =)

Here is the book market on the Spree as well: Hardcover and paperback books have become, sadly, antiquated.

Scenes along and around the River Spree: We strolled along the river towards the regierungsviertel (Governments Quarter)

There were quite a number of cruises available on the River Spree, they are a great way of viewing the beautiful modern and old architectures in Berlin, however, I have something about boat cruises on wide canals. Firstly, I do not like the touristy packed crowds, and secondly, there is nothing nice about it except for the convenience of viewing the special buildings on the Spree in one go. The boat cruise in Amsterdam though is different because the canals are small and narrow giving it a more cosy feel.

Cities in Italy (as well as a few in France) have these love locks on bridges... Berlin is slowly catching up.

Bridge and boulevard along the River Spree.

When I retire I would like to give back to the community. In the Netherlands the homeless are homeless because of their own choice. They are mostly junkies and prefer to live on the streets. And although I partly understand the Occupy stance I think they need a very long and cold shower.

The modern architecture side of Berlin: The Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus. The building hosts the parliament library and federal offices.

Travel Period: March 2012
Destination: Berlin, Germany

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