Category Archives: Germany

Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933

To Liverpool today to see this excellent exhibition at the Tate. It was really two exhibitions in one: the photographs of August Sander and the works of Otto Dix, both influenced by the Neue Sachlichkeit movement. In Sander’s case, you … Continue reading

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Hennigsdorf to Berlin

Today’s ride was bookended by Peter Behrens. In 1910 in Hennigsdorf he designed the first workers’ housing in the Rathenau Viertel opposite the AEG works. I have no idea which of the apartments and houses were designed by him, but … Continue reading

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Oranienburg to Hennigsdorf

After ten days or so away from home I begin to miss the garden. I look closely at and make mental notes on front gardens, then remind myself that what grows in Brandenburg’s sandy soil and summer temperatures is not … Continue reading

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Nauen to Oranienburg

I only exaggerate a little when I say that every change of direction brings about a change of wind, so I have cycled a circular loop into headwinds all the time. The warmest day so far, and a pleasant morning … Continue reading

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Rathenow to Nauen

I can’t help but feel sorry for places like  Rathenow and Dessau. Rathenow had a major industry (optics) that made it a bombing target in WWII. The town and its industry were rebuilt after the war, but along came reunification … Continue reading

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Kyritz to Rathenow

One wasp moth and two cranes today. The sun shone and it didn’t rain, so I’m willing to overlook the headwind. Kyritz had more Fachwerkhäuser than I have seen in Brandenburg so far; perhaps it didn’t suffer the usual Stadtbrand. … Continue reading

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Rheinsberg to Kyritz

More uppy downy than I expected. The first climb out of a Rheinsberg was on an ehemalige Bahntrasse, which is an easy way to gain height. Lots of woods. A puncture. A fox. Headwinds for much of the day, so … Continue reading

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