Paris :: May, 2012

After a week in Berlin we flew to Paris for the second week of our vacation.  We stayed in a darling little apartment in Le Marais, near the Filles du Calvaire Metro station.

Here are a few shots I took as we explored Paris.


Schloss Sanssouci :: May 6, 2012

The day after the wedding, we all took a day trip to Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam, a short distance outside Berlin. Sanssouci is the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Sans Souci is French for carefree, or without worries.


Berlin :: May 2012

The marriage of our good friends Michael and Lara was the perfect reason to spend a week in Berlin this past May.

Berliner Dom, where the wedding took place on May 5.

Hackescher Markt, near our apartment in Mitte.

Stumbling Stones in Mitte.

“The creation of Cologne artist Gunter Demnig, the Stolpersteine are set at homes of victims of Nazi prejudice. They aim to trip the memories of passers-by of long-gone targets of discrimination, mainly Jews but also homosexuals, the disabled, dissidents and Gypsies.” –Reuters, October 2010

City workers march in the annual May Day parade.

The Brandenburg Gate.

Musicians in Pariser Platz.

Springtime in Pariser Platz.

Street art under the S-Bahn tracks.

Sunset in Mitte.

Alexanderplatz S-Bahn station and the GDR television tower.

The German Democratic Republic (GDR) television tower (Fernsehturm Berlin) is the tallest structure in Germany, at 368 meters.

Sunset on the Spree River. Photo taken from Jannowitzbrücke.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas) was inaugurated in May, 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II.

At Samādhi, a Buddhist Thai restaurant in central Berlin.

A delicious, healthy meal at Samādhi.

My favorite souvenirs — old-fashioned mechanical pencils purchased at a flea market in Hackescher Markt.

A remnant of the wall.

A wall exhibit at Potsdamer Plotz, where you can get your passport stamped going from West to East Berlin.

Walking from East Berlin to West Berlin at Potsdamer Plotz.

Los Angeles and Berlin are Sister Cities.

Street art on wall remnants.

Checkpoint Charlie.

Museum für Kommunikation.

Sticky note Pac-Man.

Museum für Naturkunde.

Museum für Naturkunde, with the skeleton of Giraffatitan (formerly Brachiosaurus) brancai in the center. This specimen is the largest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the world.

The “Berlin Specimen” of Archaeopteryx lithographica (HMN 1880).

Remnants of the Berlin Wall, where artists create new public graffiti, at Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg.

Mauerpark was designated a public green space after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  A 30 meter section of the wall remains, where artists display modern street art.

Public art at Mauerpark.

Mural welcoming the Brazilian soccer team to Berlin, visible from Mauerpark.

Vegan döner kebab!

We couldn’t pass up a trip to Vöner, which is walking distance from the S-Bahn Ostkreuz station.

Vegan döner!

The view from our apartment in Mitte.

Street art in one of the many back alleys in Mitte.

This piece was painted on the wall next to the rabbit in the previous photo.

A wonderful little alley between buildings in Mitte.

One of many books we saw in Berlin about the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Almond cookies dipped in dark chocolate from Bio Company (Berlin’s awesome natural foods market).



Bernhauer Strasse.

D enjoying a Hefeweizen at one of the many pubs we frequented.

Photo credit: Michael Bond.

Michael and Lara’s wedding ceremony.