25 Hour Hotel Bikini Berlin & its Mini
14 May 2018 | Living
▲ When I was in Berlin last month I didn’t stay at the 25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, because I was joining Maureen, she was on an opera tour and she was already installed at the Regent Hotel near the Staatsoper. I did go to have a look at the hotel because of this anc...
No, that’s not Donald Trump
15 April 2018 | Culture
Exploring the German History Museum – Deutsche Historische Museum – on Unter den Linden in Berlin, just before my recent trip to Bangladesh, I came upon this interesting portrait with its even more interesting description:
◄ Kaiser Wilhelm II
In an attempt ...
Lonely Planet’s Cities of the World
24 October 2017 | Places
Lonely Planet’s second Cities Book is about to hit the shelves. In the first edition, I came up with Ten Cities that Didn’t Make the Cut. Cities that for an assortment of reasons I found really important, interesting or inspiring, but didn’t feature in the book. Some ...
What to do with Lenin Statues?
2 August 2013 | Culture
In Yekateringburg, part way across Russia on our Trans-Mongolian trip, our guide claimed her town’s big Lenin statue was one of only eight big ones left in Russia. We didn’t get to look at it, time was pressing and it was further down the main drag, but it sounded lik...
An Unter den Linden address
28 June 2012 | Living
◄ I’ve posted about how I came to inherit a pair of cufflinks my great grandfather was given by Kaiser Wilhelm. The little box they came in had the address Unter den Linden 30 in Berlin, that would have been East Berlin before the Berlin Wall came down.