Panorama: Candles burning outside a church in Chennai

Candles burning outside a church in Chennai

Today’s panoramic photo is from Chennai, India. The red candles are burning outside St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica, which is a beautiful white church built by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century.

Wikipedia says St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica is one of the only three known churches in the world built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus, the other two being St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, Spain.

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Panorama: Queue for Anne Frank museum

Queue for Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam

Today’s travel related panoramic photo is from Amsterdam.

It is about the queue for Anne Frank museum, which was actually a house where Anne Frank had lived hidden. The house was in its original condition and you had to walk some very narrow corridors there. After first queuing to get inside for half an hour. But, that’s the life of a tourist, and a travel blogger, wanting to get a glimpse of the past. Luckily they had some nice terraces by street in Amsterdam where you could get yourself a cup of tea with a freshly baked item.

Was the Anne Frank museum worth all the queuing, you might want to ask. I’d say yes, especially if you’re into time travelling.

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Queue for Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam
Queue for Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam

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Tribute to Notre Dame (video)

Glass painting in Notre Dame, Paris

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was partially destroyed in a fire on 15th of April 2019. The fire destroyed eg. the highest tower in the cathedral.

The video below is the INDIVUE tribute to the beautiful stained glass of Notre Dame Cathedral and its stunning acoustics that will hopefully be restored to its former glory in the coming years.

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Best of Berlin sights (video)

Berlin, Germany, sights

This short video, the Best of Berlin, is part of the INDIVUE Travel Opus to Europe and Berlin.

It shows ten of them essential places to visit there and also portrays the general neat and clean outlook of the Berlin centre. Photographs by Indivue.

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5 reasons to visit the Berlin Zoo

Gorilla in the Berlin Zoo

The Zoologischer Garten Berlin is a nice green area in the middle of the concrete jungle of Berlin and it is within a good access by public transport.

Feeding sea lion
Feeding sea lion

Here’s five more reasons to visit the Berlin Zoo

  1. If you’re living in the Nordic countries and you’d like to see a real Asian elephant without traveling to India, you will find it surprisingly near. From the Berlin Zoo.

2. If you’re traveling to Berlin with kids, then the Zoologischer Garden Berlin will be guaranteed to give a lot more rewarding experience than, for example, the Berlin Wall.

3. The trained sea lions of the Berlin Zoo provide an action-packed show which will amaze you with the wisdom and learning ability of the animal.

4. If you want to try what it feels like to look at the hippopotamus eye to eye, even that can be done in the Berlin Zoo.

5. And yet, if you want to see the real giraffe, zebra or rhino without traveling to Africa, these animals can be found from the Zoologischer Garden Berlin, which Wikipedia says to be one of the largest zoos in the world and the largest in terms of animal species.


Sea lion in the Berlin Zoo
Sea lion in the Berlin Zoo
Sealion performing in the Berlin Zoo
Sea lion performing in the Berlin Zoo
Baby elephant in the Berlin Zoo
Baby elephant in the Berlin Zoo

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Nice hotel experience from Berlin

Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz Berlin aerial view

When I visited in Berlin, I stayed in a Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz.

A big moose was guarding the main entrance, bringing the Scandinavian feel to the guest right from the beginning.

The room I got was ok size for a short visit and it was having big windows, from the floor to the ceiling. The window offered a nice view outside, though there was not much to see except buildings.

Hotel Berlin Scandic Potsdamer Platz room and beds
Hotel Berlin Scandic Potsdamer Platz room and beds

In-between the bathroom and the bedroom there was an exceptional glass window decorated with Scandinavian birch leaves. The window was right next to your bathtub, but you could not see outside clearly.

Scandic Hotel room bathroom window
Scandic Hotel room bathroom window
Berlin Scandic Hotel Potsdamer Platz restaurant
Berlin Scandic Hotel Potsdamer Platz restaurant

What I loved the most about this hotel, in addition to its central location in Berlin, near the public transport, were the mornings. The morning buffet was one the best I’ve ever had – There were plenty of options for people eating gluten-free and organic food.

Nice interior detail was the clock in the restaurant, which was actually a tv showing videoart of time passing by. What a lovely idea to have art in the morning together with your lovely breakfast.

The restaurants in Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz were neat and clean and simply elegant in a Scandinavian way. Coming from Finland, it all felt familiar to me. Over all I had nothing to complain during my stay in this hotel, so if you’re after a nice hotel experience in Berlin, this is one option.

Find more images of Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz in the tiled gallery below and read more trip tips and travel experiences from Berlin here.

You might also be interested in the street life and people in Berlin.

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Berlin in Finnish.


Berlin triptips and travel experiences

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

The first time I travelled Berlin was in 2015 and I immediately fancied the Berlin-Tegel airport. The easiness of traveling onwards from there is worth mentioning. Had read a lot of positive reviews about Pergamon museum and because of that I felt a little disappointed after seeing the exhibition inside the museum. I would myself recommend that museum only to people unfamiliar with the East. Otherwise the museum did not have much new or exciting to see, at least in 2015. Especially if you’ve travelled in India

Exhibition in Pergamon Museum in Berlin
Exhibition in Pergamon Museum in Berlin

Whereas the Neues Museum in the Berlin Museum Island offered a very interesting and comprehensive view to the past of the humankind. The exhibition was in a way amazing and inspiring. It would be worth visiting there even without the famous Nefertiti, which you were not allowed to photograph.

Neues Museum in Berlin
Neues Museum in Berlin
Exhibition in Neues Museum, Berlin
Exhibition in Neues Museum

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin was a tiny part of our history commercialized well into a modern day use. It was used as a place to take selfies with the “soldiers” from the past. I think this place is worth seeing if you’re into photography. It is also brilliant advertisement for the Mc Donald’s restaurant right next to it. You might even wanna have a bite of a hamburger with some history alongside.

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
Checkpoint Charlie

Branderburg Gate in Berlin did not startle me, but the Holocaust Memorial I would recommend for photographers and those travellers interested in history. That impressive but yet modest looking memorial can make you very serious. Another similar grave sight is the Topography of Terror.

Branderburg Gate Berlin
Branderburg Gate
Holocaust memorial in Berlin
Holocaust memorial
Panorama of Topografie Des Terrors in Berlin
Panorama of Topografie Des Terrors

Berlin Zoo makes it easy to take a taxi to a jungle. All the monkeys, elephants and giraffes are right there in the middle of the city, with a skyscraper in the background. I would recommend this zoo experience to all the families with young kids visiting Berlin. One can get to the zoo easily with the public transport.

Hippopotamuses in Berlin Zoo
Hippopotamuses in Berlin Zoo

In the end, the Berlin TV tower (Fernsehturm) and Panoramapunkt will give you a very nice views above the whole city of Berlin.

See them and a lot more from the video Best of Berlin below –

And last but not least – Do not forget to visit the Art Market, when in Berlin.

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Berlin view from Panoramapunkt
Berlin view from Panoramapunkt

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