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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Back from Berlin!

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....)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

welcome back!!!

ASD said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing your pictures. (I'll let you know when I have mine posted...still processing). Berlin definitely is a big city, there is much I recognize from my visit, but then much I missed as well. Bikes sound brilliant; I think my feet are still recovering from all the walking we did!

Welcome back!

Anne

Joslyn said...

It looks like you guys had an amazing time! I was in Munich a few months ago and felt the same way...so charming...very similar in feel to Paris.

Alex said...

In case the point needs making any further, I second Joanna's motion that Berlin is one of the coolest cities on earth for a vacation. We kept hearing from people who said "Why Berlin?" before we left. We have lots of answers for them now.

Camilla said...

love the photos! can't wait to go myself one of these days...

emily said...

wow . . . looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Biking picture makes me happy...

melissa said...

Wow, what a fabulous vacation! I would love to go. Your photos are amazing!

Anonymous said...

i've missed your blog. Love the pic of you two. starting to look alike is a sign of a couple meant to be!

vic said...

We went to Berlin in March and I really feel like we missed out on something. The whole city felt dead when we were there: none of the shops were open and there was hardly anyone around. I think it must've been a public holiday or something. I know so many people who love the city and have had amazing holidays there but I just didn't get it. I kind of want to go back, maybe with someone who knows the city or can make recommendations, but then I'm worried that maybe it's just not the city for me. Anyway, I'm glad you loved it!

michelle said...

Oh how cool, is that you doing the fancy flying on the bike, nice work. I was in Berlin a few years ago for a week and I loved every second of it, so freaking killer. You two are a cutie pie couple too.

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Anonymous said...

Joanna thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos of Berlin. I spent two days in 1987 when "the wall" still existed. I have a picture of me leaning against the wall. A historical moment. My best friend and I went through "Check Point Charlie" to spend an afternoon in East Berlin. Berlin is an interesting place. Kinda dark. Kind cool and hip.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

just now seeing this photos of you in berlin (thank you, link within). so cool. and i totally know what you mean about the gray-haired men!

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