My trip to Germany – What to see when you are travelling to Berlin

So it has been a while since I have done a general post, in terms of what I have been doing, and right now honestly it has been holiday season. I took a trip to Berlin for the week, and practically saw everything that had to be seen, which was good. I decided that whilst I am blogging about my trip, I will also mention some places you need to visit, if you ever decide to visit Berlin yourself.

So back to my trip, I saw the Reichstag building, the Berlin Wall/Berlin Wall Memorial, Berlin TV Tower, Museum Island, Olympiastadion Berlin (where I watched Germany v England live), the Sony Centre, Checkpoint Charlie and all the memorials including the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. There were also buildings to view, which had survived the Cold War. These are the places I would suggest to see if you are travelling to Berlin, and even if you are not a football fan, Olympiastadion is a place you should still visit. In terms of the memorials, there are a few of them, which you are able to find and locate on the general Berlin map. This map should be available at whatever hotel you will be staying at, or at any tourist check points.

There was also a street, which had different car dealerships, where you can go in and view the latest cars within Mercedes (including the different classes),  there was also a Volkswagen drive car exhibition – which included the latest Golf, Lamborghini, Bentley and Audi R8.

Below are pictures of some of the places I had visited, as mentioned above. Hope you enjoy viewing them:)

Side note: The Olympiastadion pictures are in the Germany v England blogpost, which you can view here.

Sony Centre / Shopping park

IMG_8565

Building, which survived the War.

World War tower

Pariser Platz – this is also where the Hotel Adlon is, which is the hotel where Michael Jackson famously dangled his baby, Blanket, from.  Just a side note incase you wanted to also see where that was.

IMG_8606

East Side Gallery – the original Berlin Wall , which was covered in graffiti by 118 artists from all around the world.

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall 3

Berlin Wall 2

Berlin Wall 4

Berlin Wall 5

Touching the original Berlin Wall.

Berlin Wall 6

Some of the Berlin Wall is covered with metal cages, as there are artworks which they do not want touched, however there are other walls which are open, just like the ones included in my photos.

Berlin Wall 7

Only part of the Berlin Wall with no graffiti.

IMG_8849

Before the Berlin Wall was knocked down, Mr Gorbachey said “open this gate, tear down this wall”, the famous speech! which they have made a plaque for.

IMG_8843

Where the original Berlin Wall was placed. The two lines of bricks symbolises this.

IMG_8847

The Reichstag building, designed by Sir Norman Foster. You need to book tickets for viewing inside the building and for the dome. FYI -you can still view the dome within booking the tickets for viewing inside the building. The dome is something to see at night as well as during the day. The parliament is better to view during the day, as it shuts earlier.

Dome 2

Dome

Dome 3

Dome 4

The Parliament room below the Dome.
Parliament 2

Dab within the German Empire? Why not:)

Parliament Dab

The original library within the German Empire.

IMG_8708

IMG_8710

Checkpoint Charlie – which is what this area was named by the Western Allies, as it was known for the point where the Berlin Wall  was between East Berlin and West Berlin, during the Cold War. This was the crossing point between both sides of Berlin.

Border

You can get your passport stamped here, however it does cost about up to 10 euros.

Border 2

IMG_8862

Inside Checkpoint Charlie’s Museum.

IMG_8864

Outside Checkpoint Charlie’s Museum.

IMG_8867

Inside Checkpoint Charlie’s Museum.

IMG_8866

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Holocaust

Panorama of the Memorial.

Holocaust 2

Other memorials (labelled in the pictures).

IMG_8732

IMG_8735

IMG_8734

IMG_8830

IMG_8831

IMG_8837

IMG_8838

IMG_8839

IMG_8841

IMG_8729

IMG_8728

IMG_8915

Museum Island – you can buy one ticket that lets you enter all 5 museums for 18 euros, which is better than entrance for one museum , which costs 12 euros.

5 museums

Musuem

Gallery

Gallery 2

Gallery 3

Inside Pergamon Museum.

Gallery 4

Inside Neues Museum.

Gallery 5

Inside Bode Museum.

Gallery 6

Outside Bode Museum.

Gallery 7

Inside Bode Museum.

Gallery 8

Museum 3

Berlin TV Tower – if you purchase the Berlin card for your entire stay in Berlin, this card allows you discount on different tourist attractions, as well as on food and shopping. For the Berlin TV Tower, you get 25% off with this card.

Berlin Tv Tower

Berlin Tv Tower 2

Views from the top of the Berlin TV Tower.

Berlin Tv Tower 3

Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin. The palace was built at the end of the 17th century and was expanded during the 18th century. The palace was heavily damaged during the second World War, however all these damages have been reconstructed.

Outside Charlottenburg Palace.

Queen

Inside Charlottenburg Palace.

IMG_8786

IMG_8790

IMG_8801

Queen 4

Charlottenburg Palace’s gardens.

Queen 5

IMG_8817

The Volkswagen drive car exhibition – Cars cars carss!

IMG_8887

IMG_8892

IMG_8886

 

 

Germany v England [Friendly match]

I have this thing where when I am in another country, I feel weird if I do not watch a match. I mean what’s better than watching a football match abroad? I already watch enough in the UK as it is. So knowing I was going Berlin the week that it was Germany v England, it was only right that I attended that match.

It was of course my first time attending Olympiastadion, in Berlin, and it was a really nice stadium with a great atmosphere. However with that being said, I was not impressed with the fact you could smoke inside the stadium, and if that is allowed, then yes you guessed right, you were also allowed to drink within the stadium as well. I felt like anything went in the stadium, as it seemed as if there were no rules.

We were sitting with the home side, but funny enough the row in front of us and behind us were full of England fans so you know the banter was gonna be crazy, and that is exactly what it was!

The fans around us kept singing the England chants (DON’T TAKE ME HOMEEEEEE and of course the national anthem) across to the England fans in the away stands, and every time we scored, they just became more manic and loud with their singing. I just kept looking around waiting for the German fans to say something, but they actually didn’t.

Now back to the match, it was an epic one! I say that mostly because England came back 3-2 after being 2-0 down. With goals from Vardy, Kane and Dier, who scored the winning goal in added time. Kroos and Gomez got the goals for the German side. England actually played very well, shockingly, the line up worked well, especially since there was no Rooney, but Kane showed that even though the England captain was missing, the team would not be lacking. Germany were only good on the counter attack, which is where they got their two goals from, besides that, they did not really do much else to be honest.

Overall it was a great result for us, and us England fans were chanting all the way home. The train journey was the funniest as the England fans and German fans were arguing. One German fan tried to mock saying “jingle bells”, which has the same syllables as “England”, which was what the England fans on the train were chanting. Then he went on to say “come on England fans, I can’t hear you”.

The thing I love about football, is that no matter what country you go to, everyone speaks the same language, when it comes to football, not literally of course!

Check out the pictures from the match below.

Outside the Olympiastadion.

Outside of stadium

utside

outside

Home fans bus.

Bus

IMG_8997

IMG_8947

Live broadcast of the match.

IMG_8970

IMG_9005

IMG_9006

IMG_9016

IMG_9025

The away stand – England fans.

IMG_9001

IMG_8995

IMG_8976

 

Manchester United v Liverpool [Europa League]

Thursday 17 March 2016

The first leg saw Liverpool beating Manchester United 2-0, so going in to the second leg, there was some uncertainty if United would in fact come back from this. United started off strong with some good chances, which then lead to a penalty being awarded to them, after Martial was brought down by Clyne. From here Martial gave United some hope of getting back in to the game.

As long as United did not concede against Liverpool, they were able to change the result on aggregate, however this was snatched away when Coutinho dribbled and fired the ball to make it 1-1, and 1-3 on agg. It seemed unlikely that United would get back in to the game, as they were not applying pressure like they should of been. Fans started to leave the match from the 80th min onwards.

Now United have to look forward to West Ham away, for the FA Cup replay. They are still fighting to also finish 4th, to secure a Champions League spot.

Check out the pictures from the match below.

IMG_8442

IMG_8435

IMG_8433

IMG_8437

IMG_8430

IMG_8429

IMG_8424

IMG_8440

IMG_8441

IMG_8437 (1)

IMG_8434

IMG_8425

IMG_8426

Kano ‘Made In The Manor’ Concert at Troxy, London

19 March was a very very special night. I say this because it is when Kano returned home to East London at Troxy, to give his fans an unforgettable performance. The show opened with Elijah & Skilliam on the decks.

The show’s first performer was Dave, as he was at what he described as his “first live show”. He was very humble in his approach to the audience, as he thanked the fans for hearing him and also mentioned that it is crazy how he is performing live at Kano’s show, but “has college on Monday”. Check out a snippet of his performance below. He is a talent to definitely watch out for in 2016!

After Elijah & Skilliam’s sick set, the next performers on stage were Dapz, Tempa and SwiftaBeater. These lot did well for their performance, as they kept the crowd engaged the whole time. Check out a snippet of their performance below.

The last performance included Jammz, Mic Ty and DJ Jack Dat.  Jammz and Mic Ty  went back and forth spraying bars, as they had the crowd bobbing along to their energetic performance. Check out a snippet of their performance below.

This concert had everything from Kano’s past music to his current. It literally screamed “Made In The Manor”, as he took his fans through a timeline, starting off with performing his album, with tracks such as “New Banger”, “Garage Skank”, “Flow Of The Year” and “T-Shirt Weather in the Manor”.

Kano kept the night flowing by performing his past tracks, such as “Hustler” and he also brought out his old friend Giggs to join him on stage to perform “3 Wheel-ups”, and the track actually got wheeled up way more than 3 times, but none of us are complaining, as that is exactly what that track deserves. The crowd went ballistic and I even lost my voice when Giggs arrived on stage, it was such a mental reaction from the audience. Check out a snippet from the performance below.

Not so long after, Kano brought out another old friend, which was none other than Ghetts, and honestly the energy levels went even more crazier. Ghetts performed “One Take”, which just had the whole venue roaring with excitement. I thought bringing out Giggs and Ghetts was such an iconic touch to the concert overall. Check out the snippet from Ghetts performance below.

Kano went off stage at one point, and all the lights in the venue turned off, making it pitch black with only phone lights being visible, In a literal sense, it was as if you were looking at stars in a pitch black sky. Then the crowd began to chant “Kano! Kano! Kano!”, I was yelling out “Encore!”, hoping Kano ran back on stage. Then within two minutes, Kano announced on the mic “Sorry guys I went to get a drink”, and then he came back on stage to take it old school and perform the legendary tracks; “P’s and Q’s”,  “Brown Eyes” and “Boys Love Girls”. Check out a snippet of “P’s and Q’s” below.

Overall it was an excellent concert and everything about the show was perfect. Nothing would of or could of been done better, as that is how good it was. I really admire Kano opening his show with the new generation of artists, and then during his show he brought out the legends. It was a nice touch, as every aspect was covered.

Long Live Kano, Such a legend!

Check out some pictures from the night below.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

after 12

13

14

15

NEW MUSIC: PND ft Drake – Come And See Me

PARTYNEXTDOOR has released a new track, where he has called on none other than Drake for a collaboration on “Come And See Me”, which is taken off PND’s upcoming album ‘P3’.

The mellow track is produced by Noah “40” Shebib. PND teased his album before dropping the new track, as you can see below.

Listen to the new track below.

Arsenal v Olympiakos [Champions League]

29 September 2015

This match had a significance for me as my friend who I went with is from Greece, and with that being said of course you knew she was an Olympiakos fan. I was going as a general football fan, but I will not share what I wanted the score to be. Let’s just say I left the stadium feeling happy!

Everyone knows away tickets, especially with Champions League, is a tough one to secure, therefore luckily enough for me I was able to get tickets for the home side, so yes we sat with the Arsenal fans, which was not so bad. It did get bad though, when my friend kept celebrating every time Olympiakos scored. We even started to get funny looks and you know what Arsenal fans are like, just watch Arsenal Fan TV!

The final score was Arsenal 2-3 Olympiakos, and what a match is was. 5 goals in a champions league match, so straight away you already knew it was a good match. Both sides did play well, but at the end Olympiakos kept pressing on Arsenal which is where they had the advantage. Goals from Arsenal included; Walcott (35′ minutes), Sánchez (65′ minutes) and from Olympiakos Pardo (32′ minutes), Ospina (40′ minutes og), Finnbogason (66′ minutes). Sanchez managed to give Arsenal hope when he scored, however this was tarnished when Finnbogason scored just a minute after sealing the win for Olympiakos.

Check out the pics from the match below.

IMG_5512

IMG_5511

IMG_5510

IMG_5514

Manchester United v Midtjylland [Europa League]

Thursday 25 February 2016

18 February was a hard day for all Man United fans, as this was the day we will always block from our memories. This is because we were beaten by a team, which was formed in 1999, which is also the same year Man United won the treble. We lost 2-1 in the first leg of the Europa League, against Midtjylland, or on social media more famously known as Miget Land.

Going to Manchester was a tricky one for the second leg, as I was not sure what I was walking in to. All I wanted was for us to beat Midtjylland, and indeed that is what we did. This match had everything from a penalty missed to a penalty scored, to an OG and even to a player being sent off. Romer from Midtjylland got sent off in the 89th minute.

The final scoreline was 5-1 with goals from Bodurov (32′ og), Rashford (63′ , 75′),  Herrera (87′ pen),  Depay (90′). With Sisto (27′) getting Midtjylland’s only goal in the whole match. Overall Manchester United won 6 – 3 on Aggregate.

The next leg we see Liverpool at home, as in the first leg against them, we lost 2-0. Stay tuned to find out what happens in Old Trafford on Thursday.

#EuropaLeague

Check out pictures from the match below.

IMG_8247

IMG_8241

IMG_8243

IMG_8246

IMG_8300

IMG_8305

IMG_8294

IMG_8297

IMG_8283

IMG_8279

IMG_8274

Herrera!

IMG_8310

Chelsea v Sunderland [Premier League]

19 December 2015

This was the first match after Jose Mourinho had been sacked, but yet the Blues were chanting Jose’s name all around the stadium. Chelsea had a poor record at this point, as they had way more losses than wins. Incase you forgot or needed a reminder about Mourinho’s sacking and record at Chelsea check it out here.

Going in to this match, on paper Chelsea were definitely a team that should of won, but given that they had been so inconsistent, it could of gone either way. The final score was 3-1 to Chelsea with Ivanovic (5′ minutes), Pedro (13′ minutes), Oscar (50′ minutes – penalty) scoring the goals. Borini (52′ minutes) was able to give Sunderland a consolation goal in the second half.

Overall Chelsea did play a lot better then they had prior to this match. With that being said, Sunderland have not been good this season either, so for Chelsea to not beat Sunderland, there would of been a huge issue to address.

Check out the pics below from the match.

IMG_6852

IMG_6860

IMG_6861

IMG_6856

Chelsea v Manchester City [FA Cup 5th Round]

21 February 2016

It was my second time at Stamford Bridge this season, as I attended Chelsea v Sunderland as well. This time I was back to watch the FA Cup 5th Round and judging by the progression of both clubs this season, this match was due to be an interesting one. Personally, no one would of predicted the final scoreline would be 5-1 to Chelsea. Overall the score line would of been 6-1, however Oscar missed a penalty, before Traore scored to actually make it 5-1. Other Chelsea goals were from Diego Costa (35′ minutes), Willian (48′ minutes), Cahill (53′ minutes), Hazard (67′ minutes). Faupala scored in the first half, which was City’s only goal.

In terms of teams, looking at Man City’s team sheet, it was mostly their B team that was being played with key players such as Aguero, Yaya Toure and David Silva, not included in the starting eleven, which is where they clearly lacked. Not to mention that their defence was an absolute shambles.

My view was awesome, but unfortunately I was sitting with the City fans, which was quite hilarious. When they were 3-1 down, the City fans went absolutely silent, then randomly started chanting again, with 5 minutes of the match to go, where they were losing 5-1.

Check out the pictures from the day below.

IMG_8215

IMG_8202

IMG_8207

IMG_8205

IMG_8201

IMG_8214

Manchester City v Leicester [Premier League]

6 February 2016

I travelled to Manchester to watch the early kick off on Saturday, which was Manchester City v Leicester at the Etihad Stadium. Now this was definitely I would say one of the biggest games this season, with Leicester at the top of the table and Man City obviously trying to catch up. Given that it is Man City I assumed the match would either be a draw or maybe a 2-1 win to City, however that is not what happened, as the final score was City 1-3 Leicester. I was so shocked how poor City were, as there defence was a shambles. Leicester applied pressure the whole way through and clearly that paid off. Goals from Leicester included Huth (3′, 60′), Mahrez (48′) and Agüero (87′), who managed to at least give City a consolation goal.

Check out some of the pics below taken on the day. My view was super cool!

IMG_7844

IMG_7866

IMG_7847

IMG_7854

IMG_7864

IMG_7885

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,235 other followers

%d bloggers like this: