Berlin in November

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Night falls on Ku’damm, Berlin’s famous shopping street

My mood going to Berlin was a little sombre. November has that effect, especially in the German capital where you rarely see the sun and darkness falls at 4pm, and the victory of Donald Trump just a few days earlier made it hard to feel positive about anything. But miraculously, after weeks of rain, the sun returned for my visit and the stunning colours of the trees in all the wonderful parks and streets lifted my spirits. And even when the rain did return towards the end of my trip, there were old favourites to return to like the cafe at the Literaturhaus on Fasanenstrasse, which I cannot visit without thinking of this post, Café Einstein on Unter den Linden for the old fashioned café au lait and the most enormous piece of German cheesecake which I miss so much, the excellent Buecherbogen and the Autorenbuchhandlung bookshops on Savignyplatz, Quartier 206, Galeries Lafayette and Dussmann on Friedrichstrasse, the Film Museum and the Sony Center cinema at Potsdamer Platz. It’s a shame the staff at the Helmut Newton Foundation are so unfriendly because I really love the building and the collection, but it was a great pleasure to see the C/O’s Gordon Parks’ exhibition at the Amerika House where the atmosphere is much more relaxed and you can even sneak a photo. Hope the photos will inspire you to take a trip to Berlin as well.

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Flying to Berlin Tegel

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First view of the Spree

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In Tiergarten

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The view from the top of the Siegessaeule towards Potsdamer Platz

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The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

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Der Rufer/ The Crier on Strasse des 17. Juni

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The Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park

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I love the trees on Puschkinallee

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The Molecule Man sculpture, with the Oberbaum Bridge in the background

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Bikini Berlin, formerly a rather seedy place with sex shops, now one of the chicest, coolest places to shop and hang out

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At the zoo where most of the animals sensibly stayed inside on this cold day, with a few exceptions

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The Literaturhaus cafe

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One of my favourite places for French films and cultural events

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The Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz

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The cinema at the Sony Center

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Shopping at Quartier 206

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Galeries Lafayette where I always buy French books and then go for afternoon tea

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Some images from the excellent Gordon Parks exhibition at the C/O

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A rare selfie

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The World Clock on Alexanderplatz

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Marx and Engels

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Elegant columns by the Neues Museum

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Enjoying my favourite snack before flying back to the UK

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