Berlin: Atlas Obscura

This summer’s travels took this Claremontographer and Mr. Claremontographer to Europe – to northern Germany and Holland. Having spent some time in Berlin a few years ago, we were happy to return and find more hidden and unusual places, a little off the beaten path.

Although the DDR Museum is not exactly hidden, it is listed in the official Atlas Obscura website. So many of Germany’s history museums focus on the grim realities of WWII, but this museum shows a lighter touch about daily life in East Germany. It claims to be an interactive museum, and probably the most popular exhibit is being able to sit in a Trabant (Trabi for short) and take it for a little pretend spin.


In most places you could pull out drawers to read or look at things hidden inside. I think that was the interactive part. My favorite section of the museum was going into an East German-style apartment.

The Haus Schwarzenberg Street Art Alley listing in the Atlas Obscura caught my eye, and since we ate our first of many Döner Kebaps in the nearby Hackescher Markt, we had to stop by to see the walls.

In this very alley is the entrance to the Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind, a brush factory which employed blind Jews to keep them safe from the Nazis.

The Atlas Obscura website (and book) list unusual places to see worldwide, and it will now be a starting point for travel research for me.

Found in the NY Times, this article Europe, in 9 Walks led us to have a great stroll on a sunny day along the canal through the Kreuzberg district of Berlin.


LA Street Art Tour

As far as I can tell, Claremont may have lots of art, but no graffiti street art. Maybe because that’s when someone even covers a tree trunk with yarn it gets removed. However, the Art District in Downtown LA (DTLA) has so much that it is well worth a tour to see it with LA Art Tours. There’s parking at the tour starting point, but we chose to take the Gold Line from downtown Azusa and walk from the Little Tokyo stop.

Our guide was Galo, and I think this is probably his wikipedia page. He has a special fondness for fonts.


Everywhere you look you can find LA in the shape of the Dodgers logo.

I didn’t even think to look at the utility poles, which is why it’s good to take a tour so the guide can point out things.

There are so many large murals.

Street Art LA

Street Art LA 2LA Street Art Bloom

Street Art LA Bubbles

LA Street Art MuralLA Street Art Disney

You can be thankful I did not post all of my photos….