Hello, dear readers! Alex and I are back from Berlin. The city was amazing -- achingly hip, creative, friendly and forward-thinking. We biked everywhere; each street has a bike lane and the drivers are so respectful, nothing like New York cabbies. Did you know that Berlin is the greenest city in Europe? Over 30% of the city is covered in parks, lakes, trees or waterways. The museums were also fascinating--including the new DDR museum about what life was like behind the Berlin wall.
Shockingly, the food was better than Paris. A bold statement, but true -- eclectic, well designed restaurants serving inexpensive, seasonal food. We loved German dumplings, which are like Italian gnudi. We also spent one night at an old German dancehall, where people were swing dancing in 40s dresses with wavy pinned-back hair; suspenders and hats for the guys. Alex was so taken by the awesome older men that now he can't wait to get grey hair. We are both now officially obsessed and would recommend the city to any wanderlusting readers! (See more photos here if you'd like....)