Spent the day with these boys and it was lovely.
After breakfast in a cute little cafe near the hostel we headed over to see another church – Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche which is the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church because it houses one of the crosses of nails from Coventry Cathedral.
There was a lot of building work going on from the outside so it didn’t really look like much but then you stepped into one of the chapel type areas (I’m afraid I don’t know the proper name) and it was unbelievably impressive. All the upper walls were made of these small sqaure panels of stained glass, mainly blue, and it was beautiful. There was also this giant Jesus statue over the alter which was a little scary – it was a bit oppressive, but still impressive.
The other building of the church, the main building, had the cross itself and a bunch of stuff about Kaiser Wilhelm which was pretty interesting. The cross was pretty cool, it’s small and simple but it’s really nice knowing there’s a small piece of Coventry in locations like this over the world, it’s a cute little symbol of peace.
After the church we headed over to a supermarket and bough sandwich foods and had a little picnic outside another very pretty building, before heading into an incredible chocolate shop Sarah-Jane had told me about. They had all these awesome chocolate models of things like the Titanic, Brandenburg Gate and Berlin’s Radio Tower and the smell of chocolate was just incredible. In the end I found some of their slabs of chocolate and couldn’t resit buying a little bar of white chocolate with lemon and ginger. I’ve still to eat it but it looks so tasty!
After this we headed over to Checkpoint Charlie which, itself, was a little disappointing and not really anything special but I guess it’s one of those things you have to see while you’re in Berlin. However, the really good bit was all the information boards they had up about the history of the Berlin Wall and the 3 checkpoints – Alpha, Beta and Charlie. Berlin has such an interesting history it was so great to read about it.
Although, it was almost scary to realise just how recent all the Berlin Wall events were – it came down 4 years before I was born, that’s no time.
The last part of the afternoon we headed over to the East Side Gallery which I was very excited to see. It’s a mile long stretch of the Berlin Wall covered in Graffiti art by 118 different artists, from 21 different countries. There’s such a diverse range of styles and images shown and I really enjoyed it. I took tonnes of photos and I’m going to use them to create a collage for that page of my scrapbook. I also got a load of inspiration for some paintings I want to do so I’m excited to get to work on them now I’m back.
And after this we saw the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower park. Again, it’s one of those huge and imposing statues Berlin seems to do so well – they just don’t do things on a small scale. I mean it’s a beautiful area and a very nice memorial, if a little more impersonal than some of the others that we saw, but it’s just so big!