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May 24: Berlin Mitte

I advanced east along Dorotheenstraße in the heart of Berlin-Mitte.

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A look behind the outer glass skin of the glassy part of the Jacob-Kaiser-Haus on Dorotheenstraße.

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Some sweet screens, also on the Jacob-Kaiser-Haus.

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Tubular! These were water pipes pumping water away from a construction site just south at Unter den Linden, north into the Spree, along Wilhelmstraße. I like the form of the masonry on this side of the... Jacob-Kaiser-Haus.

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Check out how the distance the metal frames protrude from the plaster varies from window to window. Are the edges of the frames actually coplanar and the wall just undulates around them like crazy??

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Nice proportions and relief.

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The good old Bahnhof Friedrichstraße, its dark, fine detailed metal standing out from the clean high-rises surrounding it.

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A Straßenbahn train, rather eerily unmarked.

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Aw thanks guys.

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Spring flower sprays. Glad I don't have allergies!

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Longpedestrian is loooooong [via inverse foreshortening].

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Why are those windows and doors filled in, but in an asymmetric arrangement?

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The Fernsehturm looms closer, dwarfing a Neues Museum statue.

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What a cutie!

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Subtle scum strata on the Spreekanal.

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Hey it's the Altes Museum! Also note the construction cranes in the background, working on the Neues Museum renovation.

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Spotted as I started west again along Unter den Linden, here is the Neue Wache ("New Guardhouse"), originally an actual guardhouse but later a war memorial since 1931. My research indicates that I need to take a look inside here next time I get to Berlin.

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The Alte Bibliothek under a similarly meta construction shroud as the Helsinki Rautatieasema.

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Sankt-Hedwigs-Kathedrale with its impressive #egg-shaped dome.

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At the part of Unter den Linden where the lindens actually start, except looking in the other direction. I remember this expansive scene being one of the points along this walk where the city felt desolate under the blank blue sky with few people around.

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Ah, there they are! The lindens, that is.

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I wonder about these glass-block pads. Are they bringing daylight down into a subterranean realm, such as an U-Bahn station?

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Caution! Leprechaun crossing.

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A rather Mediterranean-looking brise-soleil.

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ARISE, BOLLARDS. THE TIME IS UPON US.