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Florence

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Florence was a surprise.

It is a city where you could make your base there and explore the surrounding Tuscan cities due to it’s relative central location. Pisa, Lucca, Chianti etc…

It is a medieval city trapped in modern times with it’s antiquities sealed away in old brick museums.

But it is beautiful.

It has churches, bicycles and cobblestone streets with bridges and a river Despite it’s size, there are relatively fewer vehicles than what you might expect from a city this big. Cafes and gelato stalls dot the streets. Horses trot through the numerous squares an plazas.

You know those cities where you tell the love of your life you love them?

Florence is a city where you propose.

If nothing more from the fact that you can get a ring custom designed from the bridge shops above the river.

And it is small enough to make you feel like you own the place with just enough crowd as the audience.

And if you are alone. You’d just wish someone was there.

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November 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm

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Museum Island Part 2

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4.

Altes National Gallerie

This museum has the widest range of paintings from the classicism and romanticism periods. No abstract or Picasso paintings but still life, portraits and majestic scenes.

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November 2, 2010 at 8:34 am

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Battle of Marathon

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“Ideas are bulletproof.” V

The battle of Marathon was the battle between the democratic Greeks and the absolutist Persians, victory for freedom prevailed.

When we run a marathon now, we run for freedom. For the idea that democracy prevails and in the hope that it continues to do so.

2500 years in the making, democracy still exists.

Here’s to another 2500.

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November 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm

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Museum Island

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Museum Island.

It’s a small island in the heart of the Berlin (yes it is completed surrounded by water and linked only through bridges) and it has 5 awesome museums on the island.

They are the Bodes Museum, Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Pergamon Musuem and the Altes National Gallerie.

I’ve got a Museum pass that granted me unlimited access (woohoo!) for three days (you mentioned that there are 70 plus museums in Berlin and I get access to about 60 of them?) which really means you have to cherry pick the best Museums if you want to see the best of Berlin.

I decided to commit myself to at least seeing the five Museums on the only Museum Island in the world. In doing so, rate the museums. If you’re on a tight schedule in Berlin, you can come to the island and visit the most important one.

But really, everyone knows what the best Museum in Berlin is.

So I’ll start with the least of 5 on Museuminsel.

5.

Altes Museum

“That’s it?”

This museum has like bits of everything, paintings, sculptures etc. But it does not have like 1 thing that makes it a must see. It has the most impressive exterior, its steps and 2 statues that flank the entrance.

Its most interesting exhibit, is its eroticism in ancient times exhibit.

(Warning, pictures below are NSFW)

I wonder who was the model for these lamps….

Educational lessons on a urn…

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October 30, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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Bikes, Sea and Beer

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I am convinced. Of the fact that bike tours are the one of the better ways to see a city.

Having a good guide notwithstanding, to feel the wind on your face, embracing the city and it’s scenery and riding past the important areas in a day’s time, it does condense the essence of a city for a busy traveller who just want to capture the sights in a short amount of time. You can’t do this in all cities evidently. But if circumstances permit. Do try it.

So here’s my bike Sirius Black.

Consistent with my tour theme, I also decided that the best way to see the Berlin nightlife was through a pub tour.

The idea was to visit 4 pubs and 1 club – the Matrix was the climax of the tour.

Somehow, other than the first 2 pubs, the subsequent 2 were completely empty and it seemed the pub tour attendees were the only customers in the pub. There was this cool Australian dude (Nick) who treated me to a shot of Jagermeister.

The night ended with curry wurst from Curry 61 and topped off with black mamba, the spiciest chili! Not as spicy as I imagined.

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October 28, 2010 at 6:59 am

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Berlin Berlin

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Praise God!

After a 4 hour plus train ride, I’ve finally reached Berlin. The city oft mentioned during my European history lessons.

The Berlin Hauptbannhoff is the largest and most majestic train terminal I’ve seen so far.

I soon got my bearings and ticket from the tourist info center and set off to find my tavern for the night.

It is slightly to the south of the city center and it is massive.

The three little pigs hostel. At least they understand English for them to have such a name for their place.

The hostel appears to have been previously a convent from the 19th Century and it has this huge ass hall that made me felt like some Asian recruit on his first day in Hoggswarts.

And the 8 room dorm was the biggest hostel room I’ve been in. No double bunk beds. They have like 8 of these dorms on each floor and they have like 5 floors worth.

I soon settled in and made my way to the closest attraction that was still open. Legoland!

Legoland had like 8 zones and you were supposed to stamp your visitor card with a stamp from each zone. They have like Dragon Zone, Pirates Zone, Indiana Zone etc.

In Indiana Jones Land, you answer questions about animals and press buttons to make lights and sounds!

In Dragonland, you take a ride and see Lego knights and a large size dragon!

 Of course, everything is made out of Lego in Legoland! I captained a Lego pirate ship and watched a Lego 4D movie in German.

You can even build your own Lego car and test if they come apart or build your own Lego building and see if earthquakes destroy. Yes, they have quake machines that tests the structural integrity of your building. Earthquakes = awesome!

If I was still a kid that is…

For dinner, I set out to find the famous Curry Wurst 36 in Berlin.

So there’s all these people queuing up and they stand around the metal tables and enjoy all these hot Currywurst with beer.

2 crispy and juicy German sausages lathered with crunchy fries and smothered in luxurious mayonnaise and curry sauce, topped off with curry powder.

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October 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

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Digital Language Barrier Part 2

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The german keyboard is slightly better. At least it starts with qwer.

^1234567890ß´

qwertzuiopü+

asdfghjklöä#

<yxcvbnm,.-

With Caps Lock,

!”§$%&/()=?´

QWERTZUIOPÜ*

ASDFGHKLÖÄ’

<YXCVBNM;:-

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October 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

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