I have wanted to go to Berlin for many years – the museums contain many things I wanted to see (things that are not in the British Museum or Istanbul, or even the Louvre). And, at the end of October I finally got to go there.
We both liked Berlin – it’s a pleasant enough city – and, whilst the weather was colder than it was here in Selçuk it was not too cold to wander around if adequately wrapped up in fleece, hat and jacket. The metro system worked well once we discovered that you can’t feed the automatic machine notes larger that 10 Euro, and whilst we were staying some distance from the centre, it was easy enough to get around. The first night we went to a microbrewery where we drank beer and ate sausages. Then we had a full day of museums….
Berlin has a museum Island. It has six museums on it and you can buy a ticket to cover all of them. We managed four (with a brief break for currywurst). We did (in order) the Altes museum, the Bergama museum, the Neues Museum and the Bode Museum. At which point we were museumed out. I was hugely determined to see the Bergama museum, even though parts of it are currently shut for renovation. It contains many of the brick mosaics that led up to the Ishtar gate (other bits of which are in Istanbul and the BM). I really wanted to see that. The Assyrian items came as a very pleasant surprise. And I had completely forgotten that the Miletus gate is also in Berlin. You can see it at the top of the page. Miletus is less than an hour’s ride from Selçuk so it was easy for us to visualise it in its original location.
I’m just going to leave a gallery here…. So much amazing stuff! And some of the best red figure ware I’ve seen anywhere outside the British Museum – not even in Athens….