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Tallinn

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I have never thought that I would visit Estonia one day.

As much as I’m concerned, “Europe” to me was pretty much Paris, Italy, England and other more-touristy cities – places where a lot of my friends have been, and I know it would be relatively safe-ish if I head back to my apartment early. There are also lots of stories shared among my friends and relatives, so these countries are somewhat more familiar for me. Eastern Europe, on the other hand, gave me a very different impression compared to Western Europe. I always thought that Eastern Europe is poorer, more rundown, more backward and somewhat more dangerous. But in my recent visit to Tallinn in Estonia, I have totally changed my take on Eastern Europe. Tallinn has got to be one of the most beautiful, magical and enchanting cities I have ever been to. And one that I would visit again in a heartbeat, any time!

First and foremost, I am lucky to be able to stay in the heart of the city in Tallinn. My apartment is at Pikk Street which is right in the middle of all the action in Old Town. There are unless shops (both medieval and modern looking ones), restaurants, bars, souvenir stores and beautiful churches all around us. The entire city centre looked just like a theme park like Disneyland! I really couldn’t believe my eyes on the first day when I took a stroll around the city. It was really breathtakingly beautiful!

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The city was full of vibrant colours, the people we met in and outside of the main touristy Old Town area all spoke good English. Getting around within the Old Town was easy because everything is easily accessible by foot. We were there in Spring so the weather was comfortably cool. Just talking about Tallinn now makes me want to go back there right away!

We had a great apartment host who was also a part-time tour guide around Tallinn. She took A and I around Old Town area and introduced the city to us in the short 40-mins tour. She said that Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, looked totally different a few decades ago because it only re-gained its independence from the communists in 1991. It was only in this recent 20 over years when the country grew and prosper rapidly. Now, the city is modern and advanced, and full of happy and friendly people who appeared to really love the Old Town and take pride in what they do. I saw some photographs of Tallinn in the 80s and it was really a far cry from what it is today. With that, I really respect the Estonians for what they have achieved!

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As many of the buildings in Old Town was actually built in the Viking Ages, we also got the chance to see pretty little spaces like this one.

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Other than the medieval Old Town and Raekoja Plats which is the old square in the area (by the way, this square transforms into the most beautiful Christmas markets during Christmas. So if you’re looking at visiting Tallinn around the festive seasons, don’t miss it!), there are a few other must-go sights which are just a short leisure stroll away and Toompea Hill is one of them. In there, you’ll be able to have better knowledge of city and its history. It is also an extremely picturesque place and, I believe, looks beautiful in different ways in the different seasons.

A kept saying she felt like she was in the set of King Arthur when we were there. Hahahaha! (But she’s right lah)

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The view from the top of Toompea Hill was great too!

My favourite part of Old Town, however, is the colourful doors and pretty decorations on the window frames and doorways at every corner I turn. I guess the Estonians in Tallinn must be really happy, how can one ever get gloomy in such a beautiful town painted in pretty pastel hues?

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I also spotted that they were selling me favourite soup. Haha!

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As we were only staying in Tallinn for 3 days and we got in to the city in the afternoon on the first, we only had the opportunity to travel out of the Old Town for a day. We read about the Telliskivi District online and saw some really pretty pictures of the hippie cafes there so we decided to visit! Unfortunately, it was a little difficult to get there because we stupidly decided to walk. Haha! If you looked at the map, you would realise that it really isn’t that far. So if you’re going there, I’d suggest that you grab a taxi or something because it really isn’t too expensive. However, because of all the walking, we managed to look at more things and we even chanced upon a flea market at the main train station! That said, their flea market is really kind of different from what I had in mind though; theirs was a bit more like the thieves market we have in Singapore.

When we were in Old Town, we saw many groups of tourists being led around the area and I believe most of them are only in Tallinn for a day trip from Helsinki in Finland. So if you are in Tallinn and want to take a boat ride to Helsinki, I think it wouldn’t be too hard too.

Ok, as I was saying, Telliskivi gave us an insight about Tallinn – that Old Town is the only place in the whole of Tallinn that looks like it came out of a storybook! Heh.

Although the outside of Old Town is considerably more run-down and less cleaned-up, it is still very charming in its own way. Hippie mah! :p

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And this is the place that you HAVE to visit if you are ever in Tallinn. F Hoone! The food here was mind-blowing and the prices are really, really reasonable! The food they serve over here are really interesting and nothing like what they serve on the other side of Europe. I love the dumplings and the soups they have here in Tallinn. F Hoone totally nailed their coffee as well!

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We had plans to thoroughly visit the Kalamaja, which is a seaside district, one of the oldest suburbs in Tallinn but we didn’t get to see much because it was getting late by the time we were done with Telliskivi. Would definitely want to visit the Seaplane Harbour if I had the chance to. Oh! On a sidenote, we saw advertisement signs for a few Escape Rooms when we were in Kalamaja District. Like Singapore, I think they love their Escape Rooms too. Heh! :p

Tallinn was the first Eastern European city I visited and it really changed my impression about Eastern Europe; it’s too underrated and I think I would want to go back and explore more of Eastern Europe in future if I had the time. Everything is generally much affordable compared to the popular Western European cities, and there is also no branded label shops to steal the limelight away from honest stores who sells pretty hand knitted dolls and sweaters. I took a little part of Tallinn away with me, and it came in the shape of the gorgeous Tourmaline ring with beautiful carvings all around.

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Ah. I really miss Tallinn.

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January 2, 2016 at 3:05 am

Travel Made Different – Venice

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Wanderlust is seriously kicking in right now, as I browse through the photos
taken during the recent trip to Italy. It is my first time to Venice, I know it’s long overdue,
but please allow me to put these wonderful memories up on my blog so I can always come back to read about them.

A lot of people tell me that Venice is a romantic city.
May I please also add that this is such a unique city with so much to offer culturally and ahem, “materialistically”. Haha! The first thought that came to my mind while weaving around Venice is
“Wow! That’s a lot of big labels in such a tiny city!”.
If you’re looking for some serious shopping, Venice is definitely the place to be at.

And of course, when you’re in Venice, how can you possibly miss being in Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square)?

This place is picture perfect (minus the hordes of tourists).

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A must-do when you’re in Venice. Visit St Mark’s Square in the middle of the night.
I know this sounds crazy, but I heard that it is a magical sight.
Yes, I haven’t done it yet because it’s not easy to wake me up after I’ve fallen asleep.
Will do it the next time I’m there. Heh!

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When in Venice, roam around without a map and take in the sights and sounds.
Venice is a really small city but trust me, even if you walk with a map,
you might lose your way too because the buildings all look almost the same (to me at least)!
The streets are old but charming and the there is a picture-perfect corner every 15 mins.

I love exploring new places because there is always something new to see, always something interesting I’d find.
I love the sights and sounds in Venice!

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Those are food. And these…

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These are made of Murano glass! And of course, how can I possibly leave Venice
without some Murano glass accessories for myself?

Unfortunately, I only had one and a half full days in Venice.
I think it would be great to visit Murano to learn more about the making of the famed Murano glass
if you have more time in Venice the next time you visit.

When we were there, we also took a gondola. It set us back by about 80 euros –
pretty expensive for a 15-min ride if you ask me.
But I really respect how much effort the gondoliers put into maintaining their gondolas
and the dedication they have for their work. Most of the occupants in Venice are in tourism industry.
If I was born a Venetian, I don’t mind being a female gondolier! Do they allow that? Haha.
I need to read up more about them!

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Our gondola headed out to the open seas!

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And gave us a nice view of St Mark’s Basilica!

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On the way back, we also cruised by Ponte dei Sospiri, also known as the Bridge of Sighs.

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This bridge has a beautiful and tragic story, it was said that the view from this bridge
is the last view of Venice that prisoners will see before their imprisonment.
As the bridge name suggests, prisoners will sigh at the beauty of Venice through the windows on the bridge
before taken down to their cells.
However, a local legend also said that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss
if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs as the bells of St Mark’s Campanile toll.
That’s some skill needed for perfect timing man! No wonder they say true eternal love don’t come easy. Haha!

I hope that legend is not made up by some gondolier. I shall blindly buy beautiful legends.

Another renowned bridge we visited was the Rialto Bridge, one of the four bridges over the Grand Canal in Venice.

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Isn’t this just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

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Venice is beyond beautiful, and I wish I had more time there.
If you’re planning to visit Venice, I hope I’ve given you a few tips on where to go and what to expect
when you’re there. If not, you can also visit TravelMadeDifferent because it’s a pretty awesome platform
for young people to exchange travel tips with one another.

By the way, if you’re going on your trip soon, do snap more photos as you’re cruising the world!
From 22 September to 21 October 2014, forty @TravelMadeDifferent followers who post
the most awesome #explore shots on Instagram will win a $50 voucher each!

It’s easy to take part in the contest!
Check out and follow @TravelMadeDifferent on Instagram.
Simply post a photo or video and share more about your must-see, must-do or must-eat on your travels on Instagram
and hashtag #TravelMadeDifferent #Explore #.
Do also note that your Instagram account has to be public.

Have fun seeing the world!

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September 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Tokyo 2014 I

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Tokyo came and left in the blink of an eye.
As much as the world is getting smaller every day with this crazy technology boom,
it is still taking me so long to fly around the globe.
Hasn’t anyone came up with a teleporting machine yet?

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May 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Hey Jules

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I hope you missed me.
Will be back with more pictures about my travels real soon!

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Barcelona II

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October 8, 2012 at 2:52 am

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Paris I

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It was one of my greatest wish to travel to Europe when I was in university.
I was always green with envy when I hear friends travelling to Europe for their graduation trips etc.
In a nutshell, I just really wanted to go check out Europe for myself, and Paris in particular,
is one of the cities I am dying to visit.
Other than the world renowned Eiffel Tower, Montmartre in Paris is also on my bucket list.

A and I didn’t make it to Montmartre on our previous trip because our trip was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances.
But this time round, we finally made it there!
Montmartre! The place where Amélie Poulain lived and worked in! *beams*

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We got our apartment from a Bed&Breakfast website and it is just couple stops away from the main Montmartre area.
We picked the location because it was near the flea markets and we both loved flea markets!
And according to the research we did, the area we stayed at has the biggest flea market in the whole of Europe!

The excited A and I woke up nice and early on our first day in Montmartre! :D

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I’m wearing my new top from Runway Bandits!
Totally loving this blue top (which reminds me of the SCGS uniform btw) and the quality is superb!
I insisted on just wearing this out although it was pretty chilly. Typical 爱水麦命! Hahaha.

The walk to the flea markets was really fun!
Cafes, local schools and some little cute restaurants.
The area we lived in has quite a number of immigrants so it is pretty interesting to see another side of Paris.
Very different from the glam and lavish Paris we were used to during our last trip.
The area was quite cheap and there are lots of supermarkets all around.
The things here are significantly cheaper than town area too. Good for us pauper-style travellers. Heh!

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This place is heaven for people who loves cute furnitures, antiques or interesting knick knacks!

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So nice but soooo expensive! *faints*

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And of course, the mighty Sir Antonio made an appearance too! :p

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A is wearing her mighty blue blazer (which totally suits her!) from Runway Bandits too!
We love the blazers from there so much we got the blazer in a total of 4 colours! Hahaha.

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The flea markets has so much to offer and so many things to see!
But it is quite different from how we envisioned it before we got there.
So we ended the flea market tour earlier than expected and headed straight to Montmartre! *thrilled*
We took a train to Pigalle station which is just a couple stops away.

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The whole Montmartre area is on a hill so there are slopes all around.
But it’s really pretty! And we regretted not staying in this area immediately as soon as we set eyes on Montmartre!
We did our homework and had a printout of the route to take for a walking tour around the Montmartre area.
And A is our tour guide of the day! *applause*

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And I wore my terribly crumpled top in the very beautiful Montmartre.
Very upset there is no iron in our apartment!!!!
Am loving my shoes from Soeurs too! Thanks dearest Jayne Tham Tham!! <3

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Montmartre is BEEEAAAUUUUTIFUL! Probably one of my favourite place in Paris now!
I really love the vibes this place give me. Very Parisian and I totally dig it!
Please enjoy the photos as I bring you on a little tour and see Montmartre through my eyes. <3

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I LOVE THESE STOCKINGS! (Guess which pair I bought!)

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Adorable little Picasso, Dali and Frida finger puppets! Too cute too cute!

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Place du Tertre – the little square where all the artists gathered.

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And we finally arrived at the gorgeous La Basilique du Sacré Coeur!
The view is just spectacular!!

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– BLURP! –

We revisited Sacré Coeur the following day so I’ll just throw the pictures in here.
(Because I bought A a super touristy poncho to make sure the rain doesn’t get to her and she looked really cute!)

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We also dropped by this cabaret which is frequented by a lot of famous artists who lived in Montmartre in the past.
This place often appeared in many of their paintings too!
What a quaint little building!

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The whole place is pretty much like a little historic tour.
There are many of such signs around to tell the history and story behind special houses or special corners in Montmartre.
It’s really cool when we imagined that we are actually walking on the cobble stones that famous people like Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh once set foot on!

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Damn those horrible vandals!
And more pictures. :D

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AND THE TWO WINDMILLS CAFE! Amelie!!!

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I skipped and hopped like a child when I saw the cafe and I couldn’t contain my excitement!
Kept grinning to myself like an idiot because I could see Amelie walking around the cafe in my head. Hahahaha.
Amelie is my favourite film! I think I must have watched it like 15, 16 times!

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In the toilet where Georgette made out with Joseph. :p
There are pictures of Amelie’s Dad’s gnome all over the world too!

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Tourists will always be tourists.
We had their signature Amelie creme brulee! Heh.

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Sir Antonio approves of this place too! :D

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And no Montmartre trip is complete with pictures of the Moulin Rouge.

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It didn’t impress me much, this Moulin Rouge.
We saw this erotica museum in the area and decided to check it out.
It’s pretty interesting – especially the area where they showcased how the Pigalle area was like almost a century ago!

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Didn’t know Mona Lisa had such huge boobies.

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Pictures of real inhabitants of Pigalle in the thirties.

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Hope you liked your little tour around Montmartre!
Will continue with the rest of my Europe trip in my upcoming blog entries.
Before I go, just thought I’ll put in some updates of what I’ve been up to since I got back!

The happiest and biggest news is Mini Ong aka Baby Rykiel Ong has finally arrived!

We arrived in Singapore at 4pm and quickly rushed to the hospital at 7 plus to see her!
Congratulations Mommy Rossie and Daddy Roy!
And welcome, our dearest Rykiel! We love you! :D

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She is such a bundle of joy!
A kept insisting that she wants to be called Aileen Jiejie and not Auntie Aileen. Hahaha.

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快快快高长大,WE LOVE YOU! <3

xxx

I was invited to the Johnnie Walker Circuit Lounge party at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay too.
And decided to hit the party with A and her folks!
They are such a fun bunch!
Hopefully I can bring my happening Mom to parties soon too! Heh.

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Love this crazy photo also. Hahaha!

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I also went to the new hair sponsor, Shunji Matsuo and had some hair coloring and cut done too!
Decided to cut the back really short and have it colored red after discussion with my stylist Jerry.

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Next time then show you how it turned out.
BYE! Hahaha.

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September 25, 2012 at 5:29 am

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Munich | Austria

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It came as a little surprise when I was told that we would be crossing the borders and heading over to Salzburg, Austria!
The first place we came to was Mirabell Garden where the film Sound of Music was filmed in the 60s.
Quite sadly, my childhood was quite ching chong so I didn’t watch the show when I was younger.
But I do remember snippets of the show, especially those classic scenes from videos I’ve watched over the years.

Here are some pictures of the beautiful Mirabell Garden!

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The steps where the children in the movie sang “Do Re Mi” on! :p

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Our guide was this really cute Austrian lady named Ruth.

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The city was somewhat divided into two by the river.
I have to say the atmosphere on the two sides is so different!
The view on the connecting bridge was breathtaking too. And the buskers made the walking around extra enjoyable too!

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There are Mozart related souvenirs everywhere because this place is where Amadeus Mozart was born!

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And this was his birth place, now a museum.

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Mozart chocolates were pretty popular with the tourists too.

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We were also introduced to the oldest cafe in town.
If you ask me, it doesn’t look like it has been there for over a century! Still so pretty!

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And the smallest house in Salzburg! The one caught in between two taller buildings!
So poor thing. Hahaha.

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And of course, Sir Antonio came out to play too! Hahaha.
I hope we didn’t look too stupid taking pictures of Sir Antonio in the middle of the streets. :p

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We also had a nice Bavarian themed dinner with A’s company where everyone was dressed in black, red and yellow.
I know it sounds lame but it’s actually quite fun to see everyone decked in colours of the Germany flag. :p

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Big thank you to Runway Bandits for the lovely yellow blazer! <3

The highlight of the day, however, has got to be the trip to visit Dachau Concentration Camp back in Munich.
I have always had a deep interest in WWII and strangely I have a penchant for camps or museums related to such stuff.
I had high expectations for the Dachau Concentration Camp before I went there.
But I think they cleaned up the place pretty well and the entire place felt more peaceful than creepy.

That said, I still think the whole history about these concentration camps and all the torturing that took place in them
is too cruel and appalling.
Hopefully we will not let such things happen again.

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The words on the gate says “Work leads to Freedom”.

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The uniforms worn by the prisoners.

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This reminds me of this movie I watched called “The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas”, it was from a book of the same title.
It is a Holocaust film that explores the horror of a World War II extermination camp through the eyes of two 8-year-old boys;
one the son of the camp’s Nazi commandant, the other a Jewish inmate.

If you haven’t watched this show before, please do.
I managed to find the full movie on Youtube!
Here is Part 1. Thank me later! :)

This room is the shower room where the prisoners were all stripped naked, hair shaved, and made to shower together.
Towards the end, this is also made into a place to torture prisoners with extremely hot or cold water.

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If you look closely, you will be able to see the yellow streak on the ceiling where the pipes used to be.

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There were also a few standees around the room that showed pictures taken back
during the times when the camps were still in use.
After standing in front of the standees for a while, I realized that the pictures there were all taken at the spot where
the standees were placed.
It creeped me out a little, but it was really sad to imagine how all these people used to be humiliated,
insulted and treated with such unjust in this room.

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These poles were once used to hang bodies.

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Now we can only see this structure here to remind us of all the people who lost their lives there.

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We also visited the bunks for the prisoners.
They were all re-constructed to model after how the rooms used to look like.
The beds used to be bigger until the camp got too overcrowded.
According to the guide, there were about more than 300 prisoners
kept in one room (about the size of our classroom) towards the end.

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Today, the barracks were all demolished, leaving only numbered stones to mark where they once stood.

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The gas chambers and furnaces.
This is not in the main premises of the camp, but well hidden behind the woods.
Prisoners were made to bring fellow inmates to the gas chambers and made to get rid of their bodies after they were gassed.
Many of the prisoners who were there did not even know about the gas chambers when they were there.

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These are the fake shower sprouts.

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I heard many stories from friends who visited other concentration camps in Poland, etc.
Some said there were heaps of clothes from prisoners, heaps of hair taken from prisoners.
And about how their hair were all taken to be woven into clothes because there was a lack of resources back then.

Although the entire area in Dachau Concentration Camp was cleaned up pretty well.
Walking through the entire camp through the main gates, to the shower rooms, to the barracks and finally to the gas chambers
certainly makes me imagine how horrifying it must be for the prisoners who were once here.
Let’s hope history will not repeat itself.

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September 21, 2012 at 1:53 am

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