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So it's been a busy day. Up at the crack of dawn because the hotel was on a busy intersection without any soundproofing. I think it was strangely a good thing to happen as we were up and out and were actually at the Brandenburg gates just before 9ish. Let's face it, we're in Berlin for 2 full days, so we'll have to chock it all in.
next up was Checkpoint Charlie. Now don't get me wrong, I would love to see Berlin as a city (in fact I naively thought that I would) but ultimately when you go somewhere like Berlin, there are places you just have to go to. There's no need to come back to work and have someone ask you if you've seen Checkpoint Charlie for you to say... "errr no, we headed for the tractor museum.", which is the wrong answer.
Anyway, the next order of the day was the Topology of Terror. At this point I think I'd seen all of the Berlin Wall history that I needed to know, that added and refreshed by history knowledge from school. Despite this (my disinterest with the wall and everything with it) we then went to the Wall Memorial. This was OK and as you could have guessed I saw the same thing as I saw previously in a different form. I think the most surprising thing was the watchtower as we left the Topology of Terror, I believe it's the last one remaining, but that could be wrong, but it doesn't appear to be as big as you would imaging, but then again I suspect it didn't need to be.
Last thing today was the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe which was completely by accident. We were going back to the car and happened upon it. It's an impressive memorial, but I'm not 100 percent sure I understand it, though I suspect it t's supposed to look like tombs.Anyway, the picture today is of the memorial. There were a couple of pictures I liked and this is probably the best, but it's a close run thing, the other was of a single monolith itself. Perhaps I'll post it later on when I have time.
When it's Berlin Templehof, which happens to be a park now after it closed on 2008. So today was a little bit of driving from Hamburg to Berlin and when we got to Berlin there was no real need to rush about so we just headed for the old airport which was doubly good because it is right outside our hotel.However a lot of walking around was done before we got into ther airport... who knew that airports were so large. Turns out that the airport building is closed except for certain visiting times but the airfield is open as a park, and as usual with Germans, you can always buy a beer.
I think this is the head of a statue that wss put up at the time of Hitler. I'm only guessing because there were pictures of it being taken down, but I couldn't read the German underneath so I can't be sure. For those who are interested in photography then this also needed a bit of fill in flash, the sky was so overcast that everything would be underdeveloped.
It was a long day today with the plan to go to the Prototype Museum (perhaps I sort of missed the point of the museum because only some of them were prototypes I thought, so it was a car museum). The museum was quite good. Three floors of various cars with no real theme other than the cars were all German. It was quite impressive in a way to get so close to some of the cars though you weren't allowed to touch the cars.I quite liked Michael Schumacher's car from his time at Jordan and I'm not sure why, probably the weird mix of underdog and future world champion.
Next up was as trip to the San Diego. I wasn't sure what to expect from thsi because it was something tha my Wife wanted to go to and she explained it as a cargo ship turned into a museum, which to be honest could be the best thing in the world, but also could just be dull. In the end it turned out she bought tickets for the wrong boat and we ended up on a one hour and twenty minute tour of the dock and surrounding area, which might have been OK if it weren't in German. Still it was OK to bob about in the sun around the docks.
Last up today was Elbe beach that we didn't find, but we did see a Hamburg traffic jam.
So onto the picture, it's a Porche 912. I love the 911 and this seems to be the bread and butter 911 apparently, lots of cheap stuff went into this and yet it has the same impressive look.
Lubeck seems quite nice little village to the north of Hamburg unfortunately I don't think I did it justice in any of my pictures. I saw pictures that I would be nice but when I took the picture they didn't appear to end up that well, I think it was a little overcast as well which didn't help, either that or I'm trying to find an excuse. Anyway after a boat trip and a trip around the puppet museum, the only good picture I have to show is this rather strange puppet from Java, I quite like the picture myself, I wish they all would have turned out this way (in a sense) but no.
It's been a long day what with all the walking, and I wish I could say that I found the real Hamburg, but perhaps that's something that takes time, mind you I might have found the real it's just it wasn't the one I was expecting. Since being here we have seen the town hall, the red light district (near our hotel), the fair ground, lots of docks (nearly leaving by a boat after a wrong turn) and the main park in Hamburg. All pretty impressive, but I was expecting pretty buildings and the like, but so far it's all been a bit utilitarian 60s concrete. That's not to say there haven't been beautiful buildings, the one behind the chocolate museum is impressive (and reminds me of a bourbon biscuit), but it's not something to come to Hamburg in itself. Still we are here for a couple more days so, there's time to get run over by a herd bicycles.
Anyway, just at the North end of the park is this dominating...well not exactly imposing, but you can see it from all over the park, and it's quite impressive. It's a TV tower call the Heinrich-Heinz-Turmand more or less closed to the public in 2005 which is a pity as I was hoping to have a birds eye view of Hamburg.
Well I think by now you'll realise that we went to Norstell Priory and dubious thinks goes to Henry VIII for the reformation, without wich the National Trust would not have had a country house to show on the present grounds, so needless to say, there is no Priory anymore.
It's an interesting house of not a little similar to a lot of country houses, i.e. bedrooms arranged around a central straircase/atrium with a large entrance hall accessed by two large extenral sweeping stair cases. Still for a day out it's good to walk around and trip around the gardens and grounds.
This picture is from within the obelisk which used to be the gate house which people actually lived in which is surprising since the place is so small and it was inhabited until the 50s. After we had looked around the obelisk, we were just about to leave when a group (not the collective noun) or cows gathered to see what was going on. The question is, are the bars keeping us out or them in, or us out and them in?
A few weeks ago we were off to the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, mainly to see the flypast of the Vulcan.The cars were good and we saw a bit of action on the lake, but the main event was the Vulcan obviously pictured here.To be honest it's the usual thing when we go to a car event... everyone else gets bored really quickly. I'm never sure why I just don't go on my own, still when we were there I found out that my daughter really liked it each time we went to see Touring Cars, until I discovered that she had mixed up Touring Cars with the Autosport show, how she did it I don't know but she did. To be honest we went to two Autosport shows and the second made me feel uncomfortable with a soon to be teenage daughter due t the roles of women in the show. Don't get me wrong, I am no prude but women in the second show just seened to be there for adornment and to stand around in tight lycra. At least in the first one we had Louise Goodman in the live arena giving Jason Plato a run for his money.
Anyway, back to the photo. This is the last year that the Vulcan will be flying and in fact today it flew over Woodford where all the Vulcans were built, unfortunately I couldn't make it to see it again, but it was impressive at Cholmondeley and I'm sure it was impressive today. What I did find out at Cholmondeley was that they user the sam Olympus engine as the Concorde, that's something for a pub quiz.
We took a trip out for a couple of days around and about Bridlington, and as we turned up to the place we were staying we chanced upon a sign that said that the next day was the Driffield Vintage Air Show and Fair, or something like that anyhow. Now how you can call it an air show with three aircraft with one being a replacement then I don't know, but then again I think I have always been spoilt by the regular trips to Woodford Air Show, however I shouldn't complain too much with the bill comprising of a Hurricain, Spitfire and a Lancaster. The Lancaster being replaced by a Dakota.
So after looking at vintage cars and 2 or three vintage sets of stalls and a car boot, we had about 20-30 minutes of the air show of which this is the Dakota. When it was in the air I realised that the back door was open, but I didn't know that there was a bloke in the doorway waving which you can only see when you zoom in.
When I was a kid, the face that showed up on the telly when the Amazing Kreskin came on, scared the heck out of me, and it wasn't that scary. I shall have to find in into to see how I fare now. But to be honest this face from Burghley House's sculpture garden isn't exactly a nice one, and they have two. Whilst I have heard of the uncanny valley, this isn't even close to that, it's just sort of ot nice.
Despite this, they do have a few other installations that are interesting like the Pac Man one that I stumbled upon, I personally liked it because it was fun and just something out of ordinary... not that a 10ft face mask isn't. Still the house is nice to visit and the gardens are pretty impressive what with the surprising part, which is a little bit of a Italianesque formal garden with something a bit different. If you're in the area it's definitely worth the trip.
We were out in Snetterton this weekend and it was a Mini whitewash. We saw 2 Mini qualifying sessions and two Mini races along with other stuff such as Karts on a real circuit and they were flying.
To be honest the two Mini races were really pretty impressive, with the guys at the front running really closefor much of the race, and some daring moves happeining on the outsides of the corners.
To highlight the depths to which the Mini divers were going, if they were committed at Agostini then the front left would lift into the corner with the back left lifting on the double apex corner, as you can see, we have a pair of rear lifters which I think is an easier job than having the front left lift as at the same time as keeping control of the whole situation.