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We are just back from a week pounding the streets of Berlin – it was hot; 34 degrees one day!

That did not deter us from getting out and about every day for full days of sightseeing.

There was inevitably lots of history to absorb at all manner of cultural points. The Museum of German Resistance is, in my opinion, too-little known – both as a place to visit but also as a movement. I was very touched to read the stories and watch the interviews with people who had run interference against the politics of National Socialism and in many cases, lost their lives because of it.

Berlin is a sprawling city with many neighbourhood centers and you can find graffiti covered urban places as quickly as you might walk past a beautiful old church or a park.

Architecturally its a big mix of periods with a lot of Modernist (old and new) cement and glass – not my bag really.

It might just be me, but I found finding what art was in what museum a bit mystifying. We went to the Alte Nationalgalerie and found a range of old master kind of stuff and a little modern art – not what we meant to find but it was interesting.

Arnold Bocklin

On another day we found what we were looking for at Neuen Nationalgalerie which is really lovely museum of art.

Lotte Laserstein

It has a wonderful mix of art from this century laid out in non-chronological order but themed and linked.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

The description boards were superb and really gave a sense of meaning and context to the works of art and how they were created as statements of the politics at the time.

Auguste Herbin

It provided a broader understanding of how German artists made comment through their art of what was happening in their home country.

George Groz

And I always enjoy seeing art from a different perspective and culture; other peoples famous names that I might not have known.

Modersohn Becker

There was lots of art to be found and a lot of Protest Art.

The Eastside gallery is 1.3 kilometres of intact wall which is run as a free open air gallery and was the one thing I enjoyed the most.

Immediately after the wall game down in 1989 artists started painting political commentary on it and it is now a mixture of old, restored and some new pieces – all really thought provoking and visually stunning.

If you’re thinking of visiting, we stayed in Kreuzberg which was a lovely district in itself with lots of places to eat, drink, shop and rest.

They do say that one should travel to broaden ones perspective on life and Berlin did that for me.

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