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  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.

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June 28, 2015

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These were taken in Berlin, between June 17 and 22. I'm back in Montreal now.

Wow, Berlin? How very exciting! Lovely photos.

Would love to hear more about your trip.
I recognize the second one: detail of Giovanni Bellini, presentation of Christ in the temple, at the Gemäldegalerie.

Berlin! Eine Reise wert, (worth a trip, they say.) I was there at the time of the opening of the new Parliament of united Germany. Unluckily, I looked like a Turk to the residents so the Berliners treated me like dirt. I imagine or like to believe it's not that way any more.
Great photos and stunning art!

Thanks, Marja-Leena! It was very exciting to be there, even for a short time!

Andrea, I hope to write about it eventually! That painting is actually by Mantegna but you have everything else right -- what I didn't know and just discovered is that Mantegna was married to Bellini's sister! How about that? Whatever its origin, it's a gorgeous, sensitive painting.

Hattie, I think things have changed quite a bit but obviously I'm no expert. I had two cab rides with a Turkish and Kurdish drivers, respectively, and both told me they were happy in Berlin. There is Turkish food everywhere. I was staying in the former East Berlin and found it hip, reconstructed, vibrant- though there is no apparent division anymore at all, at least that I could see.

Wonderful- evocative, moody city scenes.

I missed these pictures until I saw my blog roll just now. They are beautiful and really give a feel of the place. I like especially the ones where you've composed the paintings in the picture.

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