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Berlin

Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by dream_police, Jul 19, 2020.

  1. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I am one of the masses. I love travelling and visiting different parts of the world near and far. At least economy class to Europe isn't too bad as you are only on the plane for a relatively short period of time. It also depends on where you are going. Pissed up brits like the sea and sun (apart from some party cities) so a lot of places the flights with the masses are OK even with the likes of Ryanair. Flying business into Europe seems pointless anyway. Long haul then I understand.
     
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I’m one of those forced to spend 30 years on planes going to meetings. Everywhere is the same. Taxi plane hotel taxi meeting taxi plane taxi home. Some places you get to know. Others you’d rather forget.
     
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  3. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Fair enough. I am fortunate to only do it for pleasure.
     
  4. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    +1, am so hoping that I do get safely to Berlin at the end of August although there are now reports that the infection rate in Germany is rising. There are certainly some good deals around for those of us prepared to risk travelling... and I'm under no illusions that if it all goes "the wrong way" I will have to cancel and stay at home
     
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I just don’t get the “pleasure” it is horrid. Business class mitigated it but that is history. Maybe it is frequency. I didn’t travel a lot, four or five times a month, some do that a week - killing.
     
  6. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Oh don't get me wrong. I am not a fan of airports, flying, the hassle of it all. It is a means to an end. That is why I generally drive to Spain.
     
  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That’s a long way! Furthest I drove on business was Chester to Lyon. Two of us. Overnight in Fontainebleau.
     
  8. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    We stop off for several nights en route. Obviously if we are only away for a week Or so I wouldn’t drive.
     
  9. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Flying used to be good, maybe even "great" in the 1990's. Not much hassle at airports, you didn't need to arrive too early and the airports weren't that crowded. Generally you got treated very well by airport, airline and shop staff. That's long done now, with too many queues for different checks, inhumane and often rude staff (particularly at security) and the need to arrive hours ahead of your flight's departure time.
     
  10. Dan S

    Dan S Well-Known Member

    Wow, those are amazing shots Nige, and all those in just 3 days! Fantastic!
     
  11. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    It was great in the 1970s and 80s. Fun and exciting. Now it's not for the customer, it's how cheaply the airline can function. Security as sanctioned by the Government and coercion. Make us believe we live in constant threat and some will accept that, as they do everything else.
     
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  12. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    But also the gross commercialisation of the airports. You have to walk the equivalent of a four storey department store to discover the only available seating is reserved for those eating and they won’t release gate numbers in order to keep people in the consumer zone.
     
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  13. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Nowadays, sadly, the airport sees its customers as the airlines and shops - the organisations that bring it the most money. Passengers are seen as a sort of minor inconvenience, even if they are the ones who keep the airlines and shops in business, and therefore able to pay rent etc to the airport operators!
     
  14. ascu75

    ascu75 Well-Known Member

    I have loved browsing through them :) x Don
     
  15. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Thanks Don.
     
  16. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Thank you for sharing the link - fascinating stuff! (Also, I had a quick swizz at your photostream and you seem to have been stalking us in Normandy in 2009!)
     
  17. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    I saw this last week and thought of one of Nige's first posts in this thread:
    20200904_133621 AP Berlin 1.jpg
     
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  18. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Same building? I know mine wasn't shot from that part (no barbed wire in yours). If it is the same building I was around the corner to the left. Was it just a few minutes walk from AP?
     
  19. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Yes just off Alexanderplatz, on Otto Braun Strasse, almost opposite the big Humana second-hand shop
     

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