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.
The beautiful garden at the Max Liebermann villaWannseeLunchEarly morning view from the Siegessaeule, direction Brandenburg GateView over the Tiergarten towards Potsdamer PlatzCafé terrace at Zoologischer GartenI also went on an amazing tour of Tempelhof airport – so many interesting things to see!A raisin bomber – the only plane allowed to remain at the airportThe check-in desksThe famous eagle outside
Finally made it to the Pfaueninsel – Peacock island – accessible via a short ferry ride. It was such a magical day.
Home made plum cakeI turned a corner and discovered a fountain among the palmsOne last look at the peacock and then time to head home.