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AVIATION & TRAVEL

February 18, 2024

My first time in Berlin, 2014

I'm particularly drawn to cities where one can breathe and feel history. Although most of it was destroyed during WWII, Berlin certainly falls in this category.
My first time visiting Berlin was in September 2014. It was a quick night stop and our delayed departure from Lisbon almost ruined my intentions to see most of the main landmarks/tourist sites. Since the hotel had bicycles available for free, I decided this was the best way to visit the city with such a short time available.

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Tiergarten

My first sighting was the Victory Column. This monument was originally located in the old Königsplatz (now Platz der Republik) near the Reichstag. In the late 1930s, the Nazis moved the column to its present location in the Tiergarten following Hitler's plans for the new Welthauptstadt Germania imagined by the architect and Nazi official Albert Speer. Ultimately, this relocation saved the monument from destruction during WWII since the Reichstag was an obvious target for bombing.


Second monument, also in the Tiergarten, the Soviet War Memorial built with marble taken from the rubble of the Reich Chancellery.


Bike lane across the Tiergarten towards the famous Brandenburg Tor.




Modern architecture seen in Galeries Lafayette:


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Checkpoint C

Another inevitable tourist site in Berlin, a symbol of the Cold War: a divided city in a divided country after WWII.



The city of Berlin is dominated by the Fernsehturm, a television tower built in the 1960s, on the East/Communist side.


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East Side Gallery

And my first visit to Berlin couldn't end without seeing the longest continuous section still standing of the old Berlin Wall, now transformed into an open-air art gallery.




After having dinner in a indian food restaurant it was time to return to the hotel. On my way back, I couldn't resist to stop for a night picture of the Brandenburg Tor and its beautiful quadriga sculpture.

February 10, 2024

A little spotting at Madeira Airport

An unusual turnaround time of 1h20 and nice weather gives you the perfect opportunity for a little spotting.



It's always nice to see a Sunclass Airlines' aircraft. Sunclass is the new name for the old Thomas Cook Scandinavia. They managed to stay afloat after the Thomas Cook Group collapse in 2019.

January 29, 2024

It will always be my favourite layover

New York City... of course.


Central Park

Rockefeller Center - Atlas sculpture

January 14, 2024

The World's Oldest Brewery in Freising

Again in Freising... this time in a more planned way and without a huge amount of snow.

I always find this old university town so charming, peaceful and fascinating that I don't feel compelled going to the Munich center at all.

Weather was a bit cold but I learned how to properly master low temperatures over the years. It snowed a little.


I decided to have lunch at the Weihenstephan Brewery - the oldest brewery in the world. The brewery is located on the site of the former monastery Weihenstephan Abbey.

I've been there before: first time many years ago during my first take in the medium haul and the last time recently during the blizzard in last December. I was in the mood for a beer and a schnitzel:

Most of the times I don't mind being alone, or together with myself. Particularly in winter time, I enjoy being inside a café or a diner for hours. Sipping on a cup of coffee or having a beer. Reading a book. Listening to my music. Watching the locals and their habits.