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Three weeks ago my family (dad, mum, bro, grandma) came to visit me in Munich for 2 weeks and during that time we traveled around Germany, and also spent 2 days in Paris!
It was my first time being a real 'tour guide', having had to figure out the methods of transportation for all of us. It was nerve-wracking and but fun!

Berlin Wall!

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Brandenburger Tor

Alexanderplatz, with the famous Fernsehturm (TV Tower) in the background

Rotes Rathaus (Town Hall)

Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)

When I did my research about Berlin I discovered that there's a DDR Museum here, too. It's a museum displaying collections of things from East Berlin / German. I've always been curious about how life in a communist country looks like. It kinda makes me wonder whether life in North Korea is like this.

Trabant, the only car made in East Germany, so lacking they call it "cardboard on wheels"

The passport required for travel from East Berlin to West Berlin

The famous "Ampelmann", East German pedestrian traffic light

Siegessäule (Berlin Victory Column), commemorating German reunification

Reichstag (Parlement Building)

Basilica Sacré-Cœur, Paris

Château de Versailles

Hall of Mirrors inside the Château

Queen's Apartment

Jardin du Versailles

and..of course, Tour Eiffel

Funny story btw, from Versailles we rode the RER train and got off at the Eiffel station. All of us got out except for my bro. When he wanted to go out the train gates were already shut and we were so shocked that he got locked in. I eventually took the next train, got off at the next station, and luckily there stood brother waiting to board another train to the Eiffel station. I felt like one of those drama films in which the characters got lost in Paris.

I can tell you this, after trying different kinds of macarons--from the factory-made ones sold at supermarket to the fancy Maelu macarons in Munich--Laduree is the best I've ever tasted (and the priciest, ofc)

Sainte Chapelle--I heard the design inside is breathtaking. Too bad I was late by 30 mins, they already closed.

Nortre Dame de Paris

Musée du Louvre

We only took pictures outside and decided not to go inside. After queueing for about 2 hours to get into Versailles the day before, my dad was like, "No more!"

Place de la Concorde

Petit Palais

Pont Alexandre III (You may recognize this from Adele's Someone Like You)

Hotel Invalides, where Napoleon was buried

Hamburg HafenCity

Speicherstadt, largest warehouse district in the world

Hamburg Harbor

Rathaus (Town Hall), Hamburg

The view of the Alster river from Hamburg's Town Hall

Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral)

Porsche Museum, Stuttgart

Porsche electric cars being charged at the charging station!

Mercedes-Benz Welt, Stuttgart

I immediately freaked out seeing this. This was the car the German world champions used for the fan event in Berlin, where they brought the World Cup back to Germany! I could immediately picture Götze, Müller, Neuer, Lahm, Hummels, Kroos, Klose, Schürrle and others standing at the back of the car!

From Stuttgart, we traveled back to Munich where my family sadly had to go home. The day after I went to meet my longtime friend Adhony in Heidelberg. I've heard so much about this city and have always wanted to visit!

Schloss Heidelberg (Heidelberg Castle)

Heidelberg Old Town as seen from the castle

Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit)

Alte Brücke (Old Bridge)

At the Old Bridge with the Castle in the background

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Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014



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