You know it’s going to be an interesting day when there’s a middle-aged woman, naked from the waist down, standing in line ahead of you. And where were my bare-bottomed friend and I queuing to get into? Venus, of course – the “erotic and lifestyle” expo, now in its 20th year.
This being Berlin, I was pretty much ready for anything…
but nothing could have prepared me for the crowds and the diversity of the people that were there. I think it’s fair to say that the Germans like a bit of kink.
Music blared, men and women bared, fantasies were aired – and I giggled a bit.
There were live sex shows, bondage workshops (elbow bondage sounded sufficiently odd but I missed that one), demonstrations, and you could even make your own dildos. I’m not sure I’d fancy a wooden dildo – splinters in places that should never have splinters – but each to their own.
There were some interesting fashion choices as you would expect:
and even more eye-watering puns.
You could buy fetish gear, underwear, whips, chains, ropes, clamps and anything else you could possibly think of.
What did I buy? I’ll have to leave that to your imagination…
Some of the demonstrations made me wince a little:
but have no fear, Venus is still all about the safety.
All in all, it was a fun, fetish-filled, fantasy-fuelled day out.
I’ll leave you with something I believe every home should have.