Archive for June, 2011

181/365 louvre



181/365 louvre, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

when you are in Paris I guess you have to go to the Louvre. I am not a museum person but we made the trip in the morning to be there before the crazy crowds – and it was good cause we went through the main entrance with no wait and without even purchasing our tickets in advance. Anyway, saw the amazingly disappointing Mona Lisa (so tiny compared to everything else!!) and some huge pieces of art and everything else – honestly, the coolest thing was the building itself – so amazingly huge and beautiful inside. Anyway, this was one small side room of Spanish paintings or something like that. Don’t really remember. Reminded me of Ferris Bueller. Cool thing about the Louvre – you can take as pictures and its is totally fine.

180/365 bonheur



180/365 bonheur, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

means happiness in English (or so google translate tells me). How could you not be – partly sunny skies, 75 degrees, on the oldest bridge in Paris Pont Neuf with the Eiffel Tower in the background and macarons from Laduree in your stomach?

Funny trivia – this bridge of the Seine River – Pont Neuf which means New Bridge in French is actually the oldest bridge in Paris. Silly French…

179/365 laverie



179/365 laverie, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

so we get to Paris. What is the highlight of the day? The laverie – or laundromat for us Americans. Pretty much your standard affair but Nyla enjoyed playing in the heavy duty laundry baskets there. Today was a waste of a day thanks to some horrible planning on my part arranging a 6:15am flight – thinking it would give us more time in Paris and instead it just gave us a day of being exhausted. Anyway, tomorrow should filled with more touristy type things. Pr├ęparez-vous! (???)

178/365 can’timaginepre1989

there probably weren’t many people smiling here pre-1989 when we were standing in East Berlin next to the wall. The wall was much lower and much thinner than I imagined – I felt like a good strong car could have gone through it – or a nice pole vault over it. Anyway, now East Berlin is awesome – amazing how much 20 years can do to a place. We are leaving Berlin on a 6am flight tomorrow but I am happy to say that I am a much bigger fan of Berlin this time around than I was on my first visit back in Feb for work – could totally live here. (BTW – Nyla is shoeless because we lost her left croc somewhere on the subway… Sorry Nyla…)

177/365 potsdam



177/365 potsdam, originally uploaded by ajbrusteinthreesixfive.

went from Brandenburg to Potsdam to Berlin today – in search of some cool architecture in Potsdam and more importantly, an autobahn to push my rental car to its limits. Got some cool architecture as you can see here in this Schloss Sanssouci Palace but never found that autobahn. Very disappointing since I took a bunch of highways considering my navi sent me to the completely wrong city (not Berlin) trying to find my 3rd hotel of this trip… Fastest road I found was 120kph speed limit (75mph – I’ve seen faster roads in America…). Oh well, maybe next time around.

176/365 beautifulgirls

went to the wedding that brought us to Germany – my wife’s friend Miho, or Endy as we refer to her. Toshimi was a bride’s maid and Nyla was a flower girl. It was the first time in her life that she actually had to do something important and we were worried about how she’d perform. But in the end, the staff messed up and didn’t have flowers for her to throw so she just walked with the big calla lily which she proceeded to swing around like a fly swatter. But she was very well behaved and very cute too. So lucky to be surrounded by two beauties!

175/365 whatsreligiongoodfor?

making amazingly massive buildings for one thing. I am sure there are other reasons that religion is good too but they escape me at the moment. Anyway, this is the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) is where else, Berlin Germany. It has been on and off rainy for the past two days but it cleared up at the end of the day for a beautiful blue sky for us. The inside is pretty amazing too.