We went for the first time* last fall and while I hardly captured the grandeur of the fireworks, I hopefully I captured a bit of the scene...a little bit of why we love Berlin.
The night started with a lot of excitement for the event and a truly beautiful scene.
It ended something like this.
Because we are judgers of all things, we tried to determine which country did the best. It was the finals, so it was down to 3 countries: Austria, Canada, & Sweden. Not exactly who I would have guessed for firework excellence. This was without the benefit of the music it was set to and we were kinda guessing on which country was which, but here are our rankings for
The Fireworkiest of them All!
Fireworks 1 - Austria
Fireworks 2 - Canada
Fireworks 3 - SwedenThis video got lost over time, but it is included somewhere in this compilation of shots of the night. Listen for the English telling us more about bollocks, and then realizing I was recording so this conversation would be on record FOREVER.
Look at Kirstie being the tough judge! In the end, it looks like we rated pretty accurately. We missed the gold performance the night before, but
Gold goes to the team Surex from Poland.
Silver to the team Göteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik from Schweden and
Bronze to Apogée Fireworks from Canada
By the time it was over , we were ready for our own party. Handheld fire - SPARKLERS!
On our way home, this hydrant became a great source of fascination.
I think we decided it looked like Ian.
The fireworks were kinda the least of the attractions. Being on this beautiful site in Berlin, at an event filled with the energy and good friends - that's some kind of magic.
*We were obviously perched on a hill outside of the stadium, but you can pay 20 euros or some such to watch the show and hear the music it is set to. However, our version was free and pretty magical. Plus - sparklers!