Do you have that catchy tune in your head now? Je suis désolée! Today’s post involves time travel! EXCITING! I hope you’re prepared as we are whizzing back two weeks in time. I hope that you’re also prepared for international travel as we are flying from Paris to Berlin via German Wings. If you’ve forgotten your passport I am going to be VERY angry. You have, haven’t you? Alright, well you’re going to have to jump into our suitcase then, and there’s not much room because I needed to pack my hairdryer. You’ll be fine, but please don’t make a big scene when we unzip you at the baggage carousel…
If Berlin were at a City Party it would be lounging on a couch in a fashionable outfit, nothing outlandish, but stylish in a leading-edge quality-made sort of way. Berlin would be relaxed, drinking a drink that you’ve never heard of and eating some sort of snack you’ve never seen before. Berlin would be self assured, and would occasionally chat to other cities in the room. But Berlin has depth, Berlin has soul, Berlin’s been places those other cities couldn’t comprehend. So Berlin doesn’t need to impress, Berlin lets the ‘City Party host’ use its Spotify playlist. And Berlin smiles gently when all the other cities heap praise on its music taste. Berlin doesn’t need anyone, Berlin just hangs out. The coolest cat at the city party.
I was going to bring in Melbourne and Christchurch and talk about them as cities but it was all going to get too much so instead I’ll share with you photos of our time in Berlin. We stayed at the Circus Hostel which was an excellent choice as the location, cleanliness and all round feel of the hostel was 5-star (is that an oxymoron?) We also made friends with one of the staff members who had dreadlocks and glasses, and was of a slim build. His name was Teto (we think) and he decided to take us under his wing. Hugh and I went out with Teto and his two friends to a club where all the occupants seemed to have an understanding of the exact way to sway to the music. We would not have gained entry to any of the clubs if we weren’t with Teto and his pals as we are quite obviously tourists. So we owe our Saturday night to him, where we arrived home at 4:30 with Teto and his buddies exceeding our stamina and lasting till lunchtime Sunday.
Thanks to my lovely friend Marre we had a list of ‘good eats’ around the Mitte area. Hugh and I were so impressed with Berlin, Hugh declared that he would like to live there which is big praise from my big friend. We went to an incredible Anne Frank exhibition ‘Anne Frank here & now’ and visited the Berlin wall. We were both blown away with the history of the city and the experiences of the people of Berlin. I would love to visit again in Summer for a longer period of time as in a weekend we barely scraped the surface of this dynamic city.
This is how Berlin have paid homage to a church that was destroyed due to its location after the construction of the wall, and because a majority of the parishioners were separated on one side and the priest and church on the other. What’s left is the outline of the church in metal as you can see in the photo below and a small chapel. I was really interested by this as I know that Christchurch is slowly working out what to do with their damaged cathedral. I thought it was a very fitting modern representation.
After our visit to the museum we went to a village market near where we had gone out to a club the night before. The markets were held in two large food halls and were similar in feel to the Collingwood markets, just on a larger scale. The food created at each stall was out of this world from whiskey ribs to brioche toast with black truffle mushrooms! We ate our way around..
Our last day in Berlin coincided with the start first day of the German Christmas markets! So on a grey Monday morning we set off in search of our first taste of European Christmas. Someone wasn’t exactly in the mood (Hugh) but luckily someone else (me) has enough festive cheer for us both and soon Hugh was enjoying a bratwurst, mulled wine and some tasty Pojjertjes – mini pancakes.
Circus Hostel Weinbergsweg 1a, 10119 Berlin
Suicide Sue – Dunckerstraße 2, 10437 Berlin
Engelberg – Oderberger Str. 21, 10435 Berlin
Cafe Fleury – Weinbergsweg 20, 10119 Berlin
EAT HERE DEFINITELY:
The Bird – Am Falkplatz 5, 10437 Berlin. The Bird is a NY style steakhouse with the most incredible burgers and chili fries in the universe. Make sure you order the chicken wings. DEEELISH
Anne Frank. hier & heute Rosenthaler Str. 39 10178 Berlin-Mitte