I'm a Canadian girl from Vancouver who studied in Paris in 2011-2012. I did a lot of travelling in France and in Europe generally. These are my photos, my observations, and my stories.

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Je suis canadienne de Vancouver qui a étudié à Paris en 2011-2012. J'avais beaucoup voyagé en France et en Europe ; voici mes photos, mes remarques et mes histoires.

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Check the "Index of City Tags" page to browse my posts by city/country.

Regardez la page « Index of City Tags » si vous voulez trier mes postes par ville / pays d'origine.

June 13th
15:51
Locks on the Friedrichstraße Bridge over the Spree River in Berlin, Germany.
I suspect that they’re trying to replicate the Pont des Arts in Paris…
(Photos taken by me, 14 May 2012.)

Locks on the Friedrichstraße Bridge over the Spree River in Berlin, Germany.

I suspect that they’re trying to replicate the Pont des Arts in Paris…

(Photos taken by me, 14 May 2012.)

07:49
Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) in Berlin, Germany.
(Photo taken by me, 14 May 2012.)

Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) in Berlin, Germany.

(Photo taken by me, 14 May 2012.)

June 12th
16:00

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial) in Berlin, Germany.

(Photos taken by me, 14 May 2012.)

07:57

Wilhelmstraße, the “evil street” of the Nazi era in Berlin, Germany.

Until 1945, Wilhelmstraße was the site of the administrative centre of Berlin. Very little, if any, of the original buildings remain today, since it was heavily bombed by the Allies during World War II (and what remained was then destroyed by the GDR).

Photo 1 : A photo of the Wilhelmstraße street sign at Leipzigerstraße. You can see some of the ultra-modern buildings behind it.

Photo 2 : Part of the “Topography of Terrors”, a free public exhibit located near the remains of the Berlin Wall (which also crosses Wilhelmstraße). The exhibit is actually on the grounds of the former Gestapo/SS headquarters and shows the crimes committed by Hitler’s secret police.

Photo 3 : The single Nazi-era building on Wilhelmstraße to survive air raids by the Allies. This was the Luftwaffe Headquarters under the command of Hermann Göring during WWII. Today, it’s the modern location of the Ministry of Finance.

Photo 4 : It looks like a pleasant little residential square with a kiddy park, but this little courtyard just off of Wilhelmstraße was built on the grounds of Hitler’s Chancellery. Underneath this courtyard was Hitler’s bunker, where he spent his last days… and where he ultimately committed suicide with his new wife, Eva Braun/Hitler.

Photo 5 : Another view of the same courtyard built over Hitler’s bunker (which was filled in with concrete by the Soviets after the war). Somewhere near this spot is where Hitler’s staff attempted to cremate his body after his suicide. Not such a cheerful little courtyard anymore, is it?

Aside from being the location of the Gestapo and SS Headquarters, the Luftwaffe Headquarters, Hitler’s Chancellery, and Hitler’s bunker, Wilhelmstraße also housed the Propaganda Ministry, run by Joseph Goebbels.

Evil street, indeed!

(Photos taken by me, 14 May 2012.)

June 11th
15:45

Street Art in the district of Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, Germany.

(Photos taken by me, 14 May 2012.)

07:58
Defaced stop sign in Berlin-Mitte, Germany.
The addition of the umlaut (the two dots above the letter ‘O’) changes the pronunciation of the word from “Stop” to something resembling “Stoop”.
As far as I know, “stöp” isn’t a word in German, so it’s just a funny pronunciation.
(Photo taken by me, 17 May 2012.)

Defaced stop sign in Berlin-Mitte, Germany.

The addition of the umlaut (the two dots above the letter ‘O’) changes the pronunciation of the word from “Stop” to something resembling “Stoop”.

As far as I know, “stöp” isn’t a word in German, so it’s just a funny pronunciation.

(Photo taken by me, 17 May 2012.)

June 10th
15:56
View over the Spree River from the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Germany.
(Photo taken by me, 17 May 2012.)

View over the Spree River from the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Germany.

(Photo taken by me, 17 May 2012.)

07:53
Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge) in Berlin, Germany.
(Photo taken by me, 17 May 2012.)

Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge) in Berlin, Germany.

(Photo taken by me, 17 May 2012.)

June 9th
16:01

Streets in the former West Berlin district of Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Germany.

(Photos taken by me, 17 May 2012.)

07:59
Street Art in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany.
(Photo taken by me, 17 May 2012.)

Street Art in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany.

(Photo taken by me, 17 May 2012.)

June 8th
15:49

Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn Station in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany.

(Photo taken by me, 17 May 2012.)

07:56

The availability of cigarettes in supermarkets in Berlin, Germany.

It’s a bit shocking as a North American to see just how freely and cheaply cigarettes are sold in Germany. Even in France, which has a (deserved) reputation for being full of smokers, tobacco regulations are not nearly as lax as in Germany.

Photo 1 : Packs and cartons of cigarettes are sold at the counter of supermarkets next to shelves of candy and gum.

Photo 2 : German efficiency at work. Push a button for the kind of cigarettes you would like and the selected pack will tumble out onto the conveyor belt at the cashier with your other purchases.

Almost makes me wish I was a smoker…

(Photos taken by me, 17 May 2012.)