Tigerlilly Quinn: Some more of Berlin..

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Some more of Berlin..



I told you I was flitting around all over the place lately! I'm finally getting a few minutes to look through some more of my pictures of my weekend away in Berlin and wanted to share them with you guys before something else came up!

We actually arrived into the city pretty late at night and instead of navigating public transport opted for a car to pick us up from the airport. I was invited to use Blacklane and I think I must have said at least five times that trip just how glad I was to know we were being picked up on our way back too. It made life SO much easier and if I'm honest didn't work out too much more than getting two trains (for two people). I was also interested to hear that you can request a car seat or larger cars for larger families which really cuts out the stress of travelling to your accommodation, especially when you have been traveling for a while. I'll honestly be booking though them again in the future (plus I loved that I finally got to be that person who had someone waiting for them with a sign of their name!).

I didn't really know what to expect from Berlin and it was really like no other city I'd ever been to. It felt so open and spacious and not just in the way that many European cities do with nice wide pavements large enough for outdoor seats and tables but in a way that just felt..like you good breath and take your time. It helped too that the sun was shinning a lot.

I was surprised by how urban and rundown East Berlin felt at times, even though I know it is this way for obvious reasons. I guess as I was only turning four when the wall came down and so to me it feels like this was a lifetime ago and the images I saw of Berlin then and during my childhood I thought would be somehow massively different to how it would be now. It actually felt in many ways much the same, with some buildings still derelict or with vines all over them like they had been untouched.

Seeing the wall itself didn't really move me until I peeped through a hole and had to stop myself thinking too much about how people can do such strange things to other people. How scary life can be when you can wake up one day and never see your family for another for decades?? I realised actually how little I know about this chapter in history which made me feel a bit awful. I was actually chatting about it to a friend of mine who is half German. She reminded me that this is why we should never get complacent with political parties and how ones you think are just plain full of hate crazy (that you assume no one would vote for) could get into power and that's why they are so scary. It's actually reminded me (although I always vote of course) that I do need to get a little more aware of the world around me as awful as it can sometimes be, in order to make sure we don't let things like this happen again..

And now for some smiley street art ;)


Hotel room selfies with Lori (see where we stayed here)


A reader recently asked me if I would recommended anywhere that I visited on my trip. I have to say it was mostly spent in coffee shops due to the work I was doing out there but if I was to recommend any of the places we ate it would be Momos for veggie dumplings. I also enjoyed House of Small Wonder (which is that beautiful staircase photo third from bottom) both of which are great for children.

There are lots of cute kiddo boutiques around Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg as well as tons and tons of cool coffee shops all around East Berlin. I really enjoyed the Michelberger Hotel as a bar and restaurant (although the rooms like super cool too!). Other than that there is so much of the city I'd like to explore including the flea markets which I never got to visit in the end (a good excuse to go back!)

See other snap shots here and where I stayed here


28 comments:

SlummySingleMummy said...

I haven't been to Berlin since I was 16 and fairly heavily pregnant, I definitely need to go back, it looks so colourful!

angela said...

looks so so beautiful there. I need to visit

mummydaddyme said...

It looks so beautiful and I love how you can sift out colour in every place you go too! x

Emily Shepperson said...

Stunning place to visit. I absolutely adore that staircase!

Style Me Sunday said...

That looks like such a fun fab trip, I really want to go to Berlin. I've been thinking actually of surprising my hubby with a trip for his birthday. And I did hear that it was quite urban. I think it's a bit edgier than many other parts of Germany. Great post and pics.

Lucy Goodwin said...

Great photos, I love the brightly coloured shoes

Jen Walshaw said...

I love all the pictures. I think that I would be pretty emotional seeing the wall. I also love the idea of having transfers sorted. it is that bit from train or airport to hotel that makes me jittery!

lisa prince said...

im so jealous of the sights you get to see , beautiful scenes and cultures x

Phoebe Thomas said...

Berlin always strikes me as so edgy and ultra cool. Being quite a lot older than you I remember the wall coming down vividly and was actually living behind the iron curtain at the time. Despite having travelled loads bizarrely I've never been to Berlin but want to so much. This post makes me want to go even more.

Erica Price said...

So many beautiful and interesting pictures. I'd love to revisit Berlin - I went a couple of years after the wall came down last.

missielizzie said...

Gorgeous gorgeous photos! You've really captured the spirit of the city.

Caroline - My Family Ties said...

It looks fabulous, what a great location for a getaway and as always I just love your inspiring photos xx

Nayna Kanabar said...

The photos look great, another city to add to my must visit list.

Claire Toplis said...

squeal I am going to Berlin Monday

Jaime Oliver said...

wow that staircase is stunning! ... we used black lane recently too .. they were my hero!

Claire said...

Have a lovely time! :-) x

Claire said...

So much to love in this post, Fritha! The gorgeous photos of Berlin, beautiful, lovely friends and veggie dumplings. x

wendyg06 said...

My daughter just came back from a school trip to Berlin, it does look such an amazing place

Kara said...

Hubby is desperate to visit Berlin - he loves researching war history. I have booked Normandy first though and hopefully we will do Berlin soon

kathrynsharman said...

Really enjoying your travel photos Fritha - and you and Lori look so cute with your matching long locks now) xx

MinaJoshi5409 said...

I loved looking through all your pictures of Berlin. It looks amazing.

Nikki Fraser | KS&MF said...

I live the smiley street art and wow that staircase is amazing.

Laura Rocksteady said...

I have been following all your wonderful adventures on instagram and it looked like you had an amazing time in a truly wonderful and interesting city. I have always felt I have never explored enough of Berlin - it's always been a fleeting visit on the way to somewhere else but your posts have been inspiring me to go again, hopefully this year :)


Laura x

Wild & Grizzly said...

If such an ace city! So much exploring and I can't wait to plans trip back. X

Fiona said...

I went to Berlin when I was a student, and remember finding the wall really moving, it's just so scary to think that all of that happened, and that things like that are still happening across the world today. It's horrible that people can be so cruel. And you're right, it's really important to highlight this now as UKIP look set to win a lot of votes at the election x

Beautyqueenuk said...

Ive never been to Berlin but it does sound like an amazing city to go to x

Globalmouse said...

I really want to get to Berlin - and veggie dumplings sound like a good reason to visit too!! Blacklane sound great too!

Thou Shalt Not Covet said...

I'd love to go to Berlin, it looks so beautiful xx

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