25 December 2008

Season's Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Happy Hanukkah!

Hijri Greetings!

We're with J's family in Bad Karlshafen, Germany until the 3rd January, being fed so much that we feel like we're the turkeys being fattened for Christmas!
Before we left Berlin, we visited some of the Christmas celebrations around the city.

Schloss Charlottenburg had a Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) and illumination on the main Palace building.

There were lots of funfairs all over the city with Ferris Wheels of all sizes. This one was by the Berlin TV Tower which can be seen in the background of the following image.

The Linden Trees at Unter den Linden, just by the Brandenburg Gate, were decked out as per usual. It's a great sight but incredibly difficult to photograph well. I reckon that the best perspective would be from an above oblique angle.

The Sony Centre had the standard tree. The fully-lit building at the back belongs to Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) who appear to have money to burn as it always looks like this.

The Brandenburg Gate had a large tree beside it.

Season's Greetings to one and all.


Seabee said...

Happy Christmas to you both, and a great 2007.

(I hope the word verification isn't an omen for the new year - it's skintly

Keefieboy said...

Merry Christmas!

"Δημήτριος ο Ταξιδευτής" said...

Prettige Feestdagen
Buone Feste
Frohe Festtage
God Jul
Boas Festas
Hyvaa Joulua
Vesele Praznike
Καλές Γιορτές
Meilleurs Voeux
Sarbatori Fericit
Felices Fiestas
Season's Greetings

Aussie said...

Just how big IS that tree by the Brandenberg gate? It is a trick of perspective, right?

Best wishes for a wonderful joy-filled new year. Keep taking those great pics!

nzm said...

Seabee: Thank you. Have you started counting down the years? :-)

That verification word describes this year for us, but next year will be better.

Keefie: Gracias senor! And I liked your ecard too!

Demetrio: Thanks for the list!

Aussie: Thanks for the wishes. It was a huge tree, as was the one in the Sony Centre. In fact, there were big Tannenbaum trees like this all over Berlin. Whole forests must have been cut down to supply them.

If you click on the Brandenburg photo to enlarge it, you'll see people standing beside it. I estimate that the tree was at least 50' tall.

Brave Cat said...

Καλές Γιορτές!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Loved the pics, fab as always :) :)

I miss snow for Xmas!!

Jayne said...

Love the shots of the Linden Trees.........so very different.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas hon & may you & J have a wonderful New Year :-)
Thank you for the email {{hugs}}

meg said...

great photos! did you take your tripod into town? Sorry to hear about your Aunt, your reminisces were beautiful and lovely to read even for those of us who obviously never knew her...

nzm said...

Brave Cat: Thank you! Sadly, we had no snow over Christmas!

Jayne: Thanks! The trees were wonderful.

Meg: Thanks - A. Phyl was special. Yes, took my piddly little tripod to town which made me realise that I need a better one when I get my DSLR!