One week in Berlin

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At the Max Liebermann villa, Wannsee

 

Four years after I packed my bags and moved away from this wonderful city, I finally went back there last autumn. It’s strange to return to a place where you lived for so long, whose streets are so familiar, you can trace them with your eyes closed. In many ways, it felt as if I had never left. The only thing that struck me was how crowded certain spots have become – heaving crowds at Hackescher Markt, waiting in line for the Siegessaeule to open, the grime and seediness of Kottbusser Tor replaced by large groups of tourists, wandering from bars and restaurants where everyone automatically speaks English. But it’s still one of the few cities where you can find space to be alone and find your own way, where eating out is cheap and the bread is to die for. A week wasn’t nearly enough to see all the friends and places I wanted to – a perfect excuse to get back there again soon.  In the meantime, here are some moments to share with you.

IMG_9655The beautiful garden at the Max Liebermann villaIMG_9663WannseeIMG_9661LunchIMG_9680Early morning view from the Siegessaeule, direction Brandenburg GateIMG_9684View over the Tiergarten towards Potsdamer PlatzIMG_9651Café terrace at Zoologischer GartenIMG_9702I also went on an amazing tour of Tempelhof airport – so many interesting things to see!IMG_9703A raisin bomber – the only plane allowed to remain at the airportIMG_9710The check-in desksIMG_9739The famous eagle outsideIMG_9727

IMG_9754Finally made it to the Pfaueninsel – Peacock island – accessible via a short ferry ride. It was such a magical day.IMG_9756

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IMG_9778Home made plum cakeIMG_9785I turned a corner and discovered a fountain among the palmsIMG_9786One last look at the peacock and then time to head home.

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4 thoughts on “One week in Berlin

  1. Chère Emily,
    C’est formidable de pouvoir te lire à nouveau !
    C’est même très émouvant, surtout avec ce billet sur Berlin qui me ramène plusieurs années en arrière moi aussi… j’ai l’impression de si bien connaître cette ville grâce à toi alors que je n’y suis allée qu’une seule fois. Merci de revenir partager tout ça 🙂

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    1. Merci beaucoup Julia! C’était un grand plaisir pour moi de revoir Berlin et d’écrire ce billet. Lire et écrire des blogs me manquaient et j’espère le faire plus souvent dès maintenant. Je suis ravie de te faire découvrir Berlin. Bises.

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