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 ;)
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