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Old July 7th, 2012, 09:58 PM   #281
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This shop had large models of famous sights, but in chocolate!

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One thing i noticed about Germany is its very difficult to find a cah machine, they are everywhere on the high streets in the Uk, but you have to go inside buildings in Germany.

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Old July 8th, 2012, 01:17 AM   #283
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What a stonker of a thread! Great shots all round - and yes I do love the canalside buildings in Hamburg. They are certainly very reminiscent of Redcliffe Wharf in Bristol.

Look forward to more as always!
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Old July 8th, 2012, 03:38 AM   #284
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I dont understand all this praise of Hamburg and Berlin. If anything people should be crying. The cities of Hamburg and Berlin are ugly cities. And they are not ugly because of the german nation being unable to build cities in a better way but because of WWII and post-war reconstruction.

Its horrible. Thankfully for the Germans they are not alone in suffering this. Other cities suffered as well, Warsaw for example or Rotterdam, London, Coventry and some other brittish cities.
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Old July 8th, 2012, 03:47 AM   #285
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Old July 8th, 2012, 03:46 PM   #286
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What a stonker of a thread! Great shots all round - and yes I do love the canalside buildings in Hamburg. They are certainly very reminiscent of Redcliffe Wharf in Bristol.

Look forward to more as always!
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I dont understand all this praise of Hamburg and Berlin. If anything people should be crying. The cities of Hamburg and Berlin are ugly cities. And they are not ugly because of the german nation being unable to build cities in a better way but because of WWII and post-war reconstruction.

Its horrible. Thankfully for the Germans they are not alone in suffering this. Other cities suffered as well, Warsaw for example or Rotterdam, London, Coventry and some other brittish cities.
I wouldnt call those cities ugly at all, they have beautiful areas and some not so nice ones. I saw nothing that i thought was particularly ugly. Yes they were more beautiful in the past, but beauty is subjective and i'm sure development, as has been seen in many cities that were considered beautiful around the world, would have changed the face of German cities anyway, without war. I would say that whilst there was alot of destruction in the UK, it really is nowhere near as significant as in German cities (with a couple of exceptions), but despite this they are attractive, modern cities.
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Old July 8th, 2012, 03:51 PM   #290
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Back at the station, heading for Dresden. When we were on the platform waiting, a man and a woman sat next to us and he had the biggest mullet and 80's tracksuit combo i have seen since the 80's! I still think it cant have been for real, but he wore it so comfortably it must have been what he wore. Are there really people who stil dress like this, 30 years out of date?

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Old July 8th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #291
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Know it's a bit late, but a friend was telling me that not only was Hamburg bombarded during WWII, but also decimated in a fire in the early 19th century (practically destroyed the entire city). Also, there was a great flood sometime in the 1900s - can't remember when. I think that's why it's really kind of an odd place in terms of architecture.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 03:18 AM   #292
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Amazing shots of Berlin and off we go to some more awesome photos of a different city...IŽll be waiting for them
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Eventually no more Berlin. Not that the pictures would have bomce boring, but it's good to see another place from time to time.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 05:08 PM   #294
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Berlin looks gorgeous in summer! i only visited it 2 times in winter. maybe i should go there another time, but then in summer
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Old July 9th, 2012, 09:23 PM   #295
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Know it's a bit late, but a friend was telling me that not only was Hamburg bombarded during WWII, but also decimated in a fire in the early 19th century (practically destroyed the entire city). Also, there was a great flood sometime in the 1900s - can't remember when. I think that's why it's really kind of an odd place in terms of architecture.
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Berlin looks gorgeous in summer! i only visited it 2 times in winter. maybe i should go there another time, but then in summer
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Old July 9th, 2012, 09:25 PM   #296
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First view of Dresden from the train station wernt too good, looked a bit sparse and had none of the historical buildings that i was expecting, though i was aware this would be the case and had to dispell my first impressions. Once in the hotel though i had a great view

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Aparently one of the last remaining jousting arenas

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May I ask, what exactly were you expecting of Dresden, or what did you know?
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I was expecting what i found, a reconstructed city center of beautiful buildings, in a slightly modern style, a small section of ultra modern buildings and then post war reconstruction. What i wasnt expecting was origional streetscapes the other side of the river and such a party / festival atmosphere. It felt more like a real holiday place, yet unusually away from the seaside. There were orchestras and choirs performing in squares and jazz musicians pumping out their music, this added to the umpa bands as people boarded pleasure boats and the relaxed summer atmosphere along the river really gave the place such a pleasant feel, absolutely loved it, and loved listening to the combination of fountains, jazz and classical music outside my window, and of course the church bells.
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