The doors of Berlin

Taking pictures of doors started innocently enough (click here) but then became part of my ‘thing’ (click here). So now whenever I go on a trip I search for nice and/or different doors to show to you.

All pictures were taken during our walks around the city. Since we mostly strolled through Schöneberg, Berlin Mitte and the Scheunenviertel these pictures here are not representative for all of Berlin. Please enjoy.
Yours, Pollybert
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Still raining in Berlin 

After lining up for at least 45 minutes at the Pergamon Museum without seeing anything, it was time to move on. Since we were near the Hackesche Höfe we were sure to find a place to warm up. Actually you can find that anywhere in Berlin. This city is full of great restaurants, coffee shops and bars.

So a short while later we sat down in Yo Soy, a tapas bar with delicious Majorcan wine. Just a few minutes later the drizzle increased to a downpour and we were glad to have found a dry haven. Of course once you order wine in a tapas bar you also order some tapas. They enhance the taste of the wine (and maybe the consumption of more wine as well).IMG_0041IMG_0044IMG_0074IMG_0079IMG_0097

I don’t know what happened but on this afternoon we never made it back to the Hotel Lindemann’s to change for the evening. Not that it was necessary because we had a reservation at The Bird, a very relaxed burger joint. Another great reservation (thanks Christina!!!) which was just perfect for us. The Bird is extremely popular as was noticeable by the crowd. And rightly so. We shared some chicken wings as a starter, the orange sauce on the picture was called ‘Napalm’ and had a fire bombing effect on my mouth. The burgers were huge, the meat delicious, only the mountain of fries was a bit much and too greasy.IMG_0068IMG_0053IMG_0052IMG_0065IMG_0080

Exactly two hours after our arrival we had to leave again. Pushed out into the cold we took a cab and drove to the Neue Odessa Bar. Which turned out to be ok, not more not less. But it was definitely not a mood booster. We stayed for a drink and then went home. Who would have thought that we were already tired? Not a great picture but you might an impression.
Yours, Pollybert
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Friday night in Berlin

Riding the metro in Berlin is great, so we started the evening program with a metro ride from Berlin Mitte to Schöneberg where the Lindemanns Hotel was, only to get changed and to meet an hour later to ride back again to Berlin Mitte. At least on the way back Christina and Sophie had some ‘fuel’.IMG_9978

We had a reservation at Dudu (thanks Christina!!!), apparently immensely popular and correctly so. The food was amazing, but the place was packed, the seating was extremely crowded, super dark and loud (here we go again with the saying: ‘If the music is too loud, you’re too old’. But also our spring chickens felt it was loud. So…).IMG_9986IMG_9988IMG_9992


We ordered the choice of rolls menu for the four of us and the food was way better than it looks on the picture. Plus the restaurant had some Austrian wine which we shared. At 10pm sharp we had to leave and due to the fact that you share your table, we acquired some ‘hobbits’. With them we went to the Fleischerei. You enter the shop and go to the back where you ring a bell in phone booth. Then a little window opens in the door and out looks a waitress who brings you to your table. Absolutely amazing! For the G&T drinkers among you: at least 10 different gins are available with different tonics. All well explained by a very helpful girl. That I ordered one that tasted a bit bland was definitely not her fault.

From there we went to Crackers, the club recommendation we got from the actor. As it turned out the kitchen was waiting for us although the reservation was for 11pm (do people really eat that late?). The place looked great, but was not a club at all. Rather a restaurant with a bar. Looked very stylish and prices were on the steep side but far from dancing and partying. Nevertheless we ordered dessert and had a chocolate cake and a rice pudding. Both were bland, still no pictures though. Would probably have been to dark anyway. But have two pictures from the place itself.IMG_9993IMG_9994

Since Crackers was a disappointment we followed the lead of the ‘hobbits’ and went to their club of choice. The Bravo Bar was certainly a club but not exactly our kind of place. Anyway, we stayed for a beer then hopped in a cab, the ‘hobbits’ still hopeful and tagging along. Next stop was Watergate, a real club this time which was also noticeable by the line-up in front. No line-up for us though, too tired and too old. We stayed in the cab while the ‘hobbits’ realized that nothing would happen for them. At least not with ‘our’ girls. So they got off while we drove back to Schöneberg.

And because we were hungry after such a long night out, we made one last stop before going to bed. Pascha Grill was located right across the street from our hotel. The night before we paid it a short visit to get something to drink and noticed that the place was packed. And that everything looked delicious. So instead of eating the obligatory sausage as we would have done in Vienna, we had some Adana kebap and kofta.IMG_9997IMG_9998

And that’s the depressing look of Pascha Grill the next morning.
Yours, PollybertIMG_9999

Next to the Berlin Wall

From the Türkenmarkt we took the metro again (public transport is just plain amazing in Berlin) to see what was left of the Berlin Wall. We started at Bernauer Straße and slowly made our way down to the Berlin Wall Memorial.
When I read the personal stories which were put up at the Memorial, this history which had only just happened in view of the last 2000 years, I felt touched beyond anything I expected. I remember the fall of the Wall, thinking that I saw history in the making; but standing here at the memorial felt infinitely closer to the heart of the matter.IMG_9884IMG_9885IMG_9888IMG_9899IMG_9902IMG_9904IMG_9909IMG_9911IMG_9913

From there we walked just a bit further to experience the unique flair of Berlin Mitte (if you check out the link you’ll notice that 6 of the Top 10 attractions are in Berlin Mitte). We stopped at the Alpenstück Manufaktur for while to refresh ourselves and get some sustenance. It had been at least an hour since we last ate something.IMG_9918IMG_9919IMG_9920IMG_9921Oh, and the rhubarb juice was amazing!

There the girls also met a German actor, someone I would never have recognized in a million years. And the funny thing was that actually he was the one who talked to them. In the end they asked for a club recommendation for them and their ‘parents’ (can you believe that? me?) which turned out to be a bit on the boring side. Anyway, here is the guy.IMG_9971

We started walking again, past galleries and inner courtyards (always taking a peep inside) within the Scheunenviertel. IMG_9929IMG_9937IMG_9941IMG_9942IMG_9943IMG_9944IMG_9946

I especially liked this park that we passed. If you look at the sign you can see at the bottom that it was also a ‘Liegewiese’ (sunbathing lawn). Can you imagine?IMG_9955IMG_9957

But the infrastructure around the park (including the partying parents within) inspired us to make another pit stop.IMG_9958

We settled on an Italian place, the Al Contadino Mozarella Bar & Bottega, for another refreshment. IMG_9973 On hindsight I think we didn’t trust German wine that’s why intuitively we chose an Italian place. But lingering over the wine was not possible for us. For one it got cold when the sun was gone and secondly we had to change for the evening since we were going some place special.
Yours, Pollybert