Wanting to see something a little bit different we spent the next two days using our travel passes to get us around the city on metro trams and buses. At the Sunday morning flea market in Schoneburg we poked into boxes of very personal items offered for sale including photo albums, spectacles, shoes and Christmas decorations. A little strange and moving in the shadow of the massive Rathaus in the snow.
|Schoneburg flea market|
We wandered around grand and musical Gendarmenmarkt enjoying seeing Berliners at candlelit Sunday lunch in the expensive restaurants and found ourselves a packed bake house in which to share pizza and delicious pastries with hot milky coffee.
On Monday we headed into the East to see the 700 meters of East Side Gallery of graffiti art on the Wall alongside the Spree.
|East Side Gallery – 700m of wall art and graffiti|
In sections it had both second and third generation Walls which showed a little of the scale of the architecture as the Wall was not just a single structure but layers of built walls and trenches surmounted with barbed wire and cameras. We were amused by the tags protesting against the nearby O2 arena.
|Two generations of the Berlin wall|
Whilst most visitors pointed their cameras at themselves alongside the art, we looked in the opposite direction at the destruction and construction of the East side.