The Marlene Bär stands outside the Marlene Bar (where else?) at the Intercontinental Hotel in Charlottenburg.
Remember when I showed you the funny sign for White Trash Fast Food back in March? (If you don't, just click on the link). I promised to check the place out one day and so I did, although at the restaurant's new location in Treptow.
I'm not sure I need to go back here. The food was only ok and the waiters were clueless Americans (it was hard to remember that I had to speak English to them!). But I'm glad I checked it out for the kitsch factor. The new location is much bigger and has a large outdoor terrace where bands and such play on the weekends. That might be worth coming back for - I guess we'll see! For more signs, take a look at Signs, Signs.
Confidential to my dh: Happy anniversary!
As promised, here is a look at some of JAZ's (Franco Fasoli) other works. The Argentinian artist recently had a showing at the BC Gallery in Friedrichshein. Thank you to Perth Daily Photo for bringing this artist and his exhibit to my attention.
I have to admit, this type of art doesn't really appeal to me, but I was on a mission for a fellow blogger! The guy working at the gallery was impressed that JAZ has a following all the way in Australia. He was also very helpful, instructing me where to go to see yesterday's mural.
In any case, it didn't take long to see everything! If you want to read more about JAZ and his art, click on the link to the BC Gallery above or try here.
A mural by artist JAZ (Franco Fasoli) in the heart of Berlin. Unfortunately, the area between the buildings where the mural was painted is not open to the public, so I hope you'll forgive the strange angle of this shot. You can see a video of the creation of this mural here.
I hope you'll come back tomorrow, I will have more of JAZ's work on display. Until then, you can see more murals at Monday Mural.
I just happened on the Haus am Waldsee on one of my exploratory walks recently. It looks like a lovely exhibition space and visitors were free to walk around the sculpture garden.
I really like that this bright yellow piece gets pride of place on the grounds. It was created by British artist Tony Cragg and is entitled Outspan.
A fountain in Berlin with Italian flare! That's the Roman god Neptune lording over the crocodiles and other animals in the fountain. In the background is the Marienkirche from yesterday's post. It is Berlin's oldest church, dating back to the late 1200s. For more old stuff, take a look at Rubbish Tuesday.
This is a mural of sorts that you'll find in Berlin's oldest church, Marienkirche. It is actually a replica of a fresco that was found in the entrance to the church during renovations. The church is trying to raise money to restore the fresco by selling small tiles to complete this mosaic version. It looks like they're doing quite well so far as the panel to the left (not pictured) and the middle panel are fully completed. I hope they get the funds they need, although I admit I didn't purchase a tile.
The past few days have been quite busy for me. Real work has finally begun on our apartment and hopefully things will move quickly from here. The weather has also been incredibly summer-like and we have a guest in town this week. So I apologize in advance if my blogging and commenting is a bit spotty. In the meantime, you'll find more murals at Monday Mural.
These guys must be die-hard fans to dress up like that! I saw them on the S-Bahn after the welcome home party on the Fan Meile last Tuesday. Things are back to normal now here in the capitol city, but I have to admit, I miss the excitement a little.
I hope you're not tired of seeing Fan Meile pictures already! It was great that I was able to take part in welcoming the team home (even if I was way at the back). Seeing the actual World Cup on the screen was pretty neat and many people got emotional.
I went to the Fan Meile one last time yesterday to be amongst the thousands of Germans who welcomed home the winning team. Everyone was dressed in German colors or wearing a victory t-shirt. Plenty of flags were flying and everyone was in a jubilant mood. It was fun to be a part of it!
I'm sure the football Buddy Bear is happy today! Germany is the Weltmeister (for four years at least)! I just don't know what I'm going to do now as every night there was a match to look forward to. Guess I will have to find a new outlet for my energies.
PS: I will be posting some bonus Berlin shots and videos from last night on Facebook.
The Spirit of Ecstasy looks like she is flying in the clouds, thanks to the reflections in this beauty's perfectly polished hood. And you've got a bonus look at my legs in the grill! It's Friday again, hope you have some big plans for the weekend. Mine will include some golf and watching the World Cup final. For more reflections, head to Weekend Reflections.
Nothing is more American to me than a Ford! I'm not sure what model this is, but I'm sure someone will let me know in the comments. Hope you are enjoying these "oldtimers". Don't forget to take a look at Halcyon Travels for a look at a Le Mans race car.
Who doesn't love a Fiat 500? I know I do!
I absolutely adore the old (and new) Volkswagen Beetle! As you can imagine, there were plenty on display at the Oldtimer Show, this is the land of the Beetles after all. Here is a little selection of a few I found funny, although I'm not sure about the third eye on the "German" model.
I went with some friends to an "Oldtimer" show a few weekends ago. There were so many cars on display - it was a little overwhelming! Hope you'll enjoy my selection though, of course I wouldn't skip the French beauties.
This is the original Peugeot 301. I used to drive a little red 106 myself which I loved. I have a bonus original Beetle on Halcyon Travels today, click here to see it!
This fancy bench is part of a larger sculpture that sits on the banks of the Wannsee (one of the lakes around Berlin). Unfortunately, I couldn't get the bench and the sculpture in the same shot, otherwise I'd have to go in the water! You can see a better view of the structure here. I'm sure this bench is popular on the weekends as it also has a nice view.
If the Fan Meile is too much for you, you can also relax in one of Berlin's many Biergarten to take in the football match.
These shots were taken during Saturday's match - Brasil vs. Chile. It was fun time, but I especially like the people-watching aspect of public viewing.
When the FIFA world cup took place in Germany in 2006, Berlin instated the Fan Meile so that Germans in the capitol who could not get tickets to the matches would have a place to gather and watch them together. The idea was so successful that they brought it back for the following World Cups.
These shots are from last week's match - USA vs. Germany. The weather conditions were decidedly un-summerlike, cold rain and hail. but people were celebrating nonetheless!
Tomorrow I'll show you another popular way Germans celebrate summer. Until then you can see more interpretations of this month's theme here.
PS: Happy Canada Day, eh!!!
PS: Happy Canada Day, eh!!!