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Berlin in 2010

22 Apr
A street in Berlin-Friedrichshain

A street in Berlin-Friedrichshain

This is where my niece lives in Friedrichshain.

This is where my niece lives in Friedrichshain.

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Here I see Carlos, the son of my niece, for the first time.

Here I see Carlos, the son of my niece, for the first time.

This picture was taken some other day with Klaudia and Corinna.

This picture was taken some other day with Klaudia and Corinna.

I took this picture of Peter with my brother Peter Uwe and partner Astrid.

I took this picture of Peter with my brother Peter Uwe and partner Astrid.

This is a street in Berlin-Friedenau where my brother Bodo used to live.

This is a street in Berlin-Friedenau where my brother Bodo used to live.

Peter took this picture on my brother Bodo's 72nd birthday.

Peter took this picture on my brother Bodo’s 72nd birthday.

Some time later. . .

Some time later. . .

 ' ' '  we met Ilse and her friend Erica in Berlin-Friedenau.

‘ ‘ ‘ we met Ilse and her friend Erica in Berlin-Friedenau.

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That same day we went with Ilse to this 'Friedhof'.

That same day we went with Ilse to this ‘Friedhof’.

The ashes of Peter's and Ilse parents and of Ilse's husband are buried here.

The ashes of Peter’s and Ilse parents and of Ilse’s husband are buried here.

This site is in one of the next rows.

This site is in one of the next rows.

“Pankstrasse” (Berlin U-Bahn)

21 Apr

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

“Pankstraße is a Berlin U-Bahn station located on the U8. It was opened on October 5, 1977 (Rümmler) with the line’s extension from Gesundbrunnen to Osloer Straße. The station’s name derives from its location: It sits under the intersection of Pankstraße and Badstraße.

The actual spelling of the station’s name is under debate. The German orthographic rules call for the spelling “Pankstraße”, but the signs inside the station spell “Pankstrasse”.
Like the station Siemensdamm (Berlin U-Bahn), the station is constructed as a “Multi Purpose Facility”. It is prepared and partially stocked to be used as a NBC shelter. It is specified to sustain 3339 people for 14 days.”

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This is one of the churches that Schinkel built in the 19th century.

This is one of the churches that Schinkel built in the 19th century.

This area used to be an outer norther suburb of Berlin. Now there is lots of traffic and U-Bahn Pankstrasse close by.

This area used to be an outer norther suburb of Berlin. Now there is lots of traffic and U-Bahn Pankstrasse close by.

Do you recognise this building?

Do you recognise this building?

Here you can find an impressive list of Berlin U-Bahn stations:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Berlin_U-Bahn_stations

Berlin-Wedding and Travel to Scharnweberstrasse

20 Apr

I copied the following from the Wikipedia. Five years ago Peter and I lived for four weeks in this area. I must say we felt quite at home there. People were all very friendly. We liked the diversity of people and the many different shops and eating places. And it was also very much to our liking that everything seemed to be very affordable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_(Berlin)

 

“Today, Wedding is one of the poorest areas of Berlin, with a high unemployment rate (almost 26%). Almost 17% of the population live on social welfare; 27% live below the poverty line.[1] Foreigners make up 30% of the population.[2] Low rents accompany the poverty in Wedding so, like many inexpensive areas in large cities, it is home to a vibrant artists’ community. Many galleries have been founded by artists to provide a space for themselves and their peers to show their work.
Wedding has so far not experienced the boom and gentrification of the 1990s in Berlin. Unlike many other 19th-century working class districts like Prenzlauer Berg, the original character of Wedding has been mostly preserved. However, more recently more and more students and artists move to Wedding due to still lower rents as mentioned above and fairly high level of life quality. As a result some new, more bohemian cafés and clubs opened, organic food stores and markets are established, an urban gardening project has successfully started and high-brow galleries discover that area.[3][4][5][6] It is still said though to be a place to find the Schnauze mit Herz (big mouth and big heart) of the Berlin working class.

Along with Kreuzberg, Wedding is one of the most ethnically diverse localities of Berlin. The multicultural atmosphere is visible in the bilingual shop signs (predominantly German and Turkish or German and Arabic).
In recent years Wedding has seen a significant influx of African people. Wedding is also home to an East Asian community, mostly from China, which is reflected in many Asian and African stores and restaurants. As of 2011, the ethnic make-up of Wedding was 52% of German origin, 18% Turks, 6% Sub-Saharan Africa, 6% Arabs, 6% Polish, 5% former Yugoslavia, and 4.5% Asian.”

 

In 2010 we lived in Bastianstrasse that is near Pankstrasse. The nearest U-Bahnhof (underground station) was PANKSTRASSE.

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At this underground station we had to change when we went to Scharnweberstrasse.

At this underground station we had to change when we went to Scharnweberstrasse.

This is the U-Bahn station near where Ilse lives.

This is the U-Bahn station near where Ilse lives.

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This way to Scharnweberstrasse where Ilse lives.

This way to Scharnweberstrasse where Ilse lives.

From Wikipedia:

“Scharnweberstraße is a Berlin U-Bahn station located on the U6. It was constructed by B. Grimmek in 1958. Due to the extension of the U6, the trains had to go above ground after Kurt-Schumacher-Platz station. Soil for the embankment on which the line is built came from excavations for the U9, which was being built in parallel. As the trains had to go above ground, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), who operate the Berlin U-Bahn, had to install windscreen wipers on the trains.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scharnweberstra%C3%9Fe_%28Berlin_U-Bahn%29

Das ist Schasrnweberstrasse

Das ist Schasrnweberstrasse

Ilse has the Bus Stop in fronket of her house. U-Bahn Station is only a 5min. walk from there.

Ilse has the Bus Stop in front of her house. U-Bahn Station is only a 5min. walk from there.

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Ilse's apartment in in this building.

Ilse’s apartment in in this building.

 

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This Church is also in the Wedding borough and designed by Schinkel.

This Church is also in the Wedding borough and designed by Schinkel.

Back to Wedding I wanted to show the church in Pankstrasse which is one of the four churches that Schinkel designed and built in the 19th century.

Berlin in 2010

20 Apr

http://auntyuta.com/2015/04/18/berlin-in-2012/

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Going for a walk close to where we lived in Berlin-Wedding in June 2010. This is: Am Brunnenplatz in Pankstrasse.

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This was on a nice warm day in June. Our first outing was on the 31st of May to the Brandenburg Gate. On that day it was still horribly cold and windy!

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A lot of places we could reach by underground.

A lot of places we could reach by underground.

Here I am with Peter's sister Ilse.

Here I am with Peter’s sister Ilse.

At Ilse's place with Klaudia

At Ilse’s place with Klaudia

Entrance to Ilse's Apartment

Entrance to Ilse’s Apartment

Ilse at her Computer

Ilse at her Computer

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There's a balcony attached to Ilse's kitchen where I liked to sit.

There’s a balcony attached to Ilse’s kitchen where I liked to sit.

Berlin in 2010

18 Apr

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Our Street1

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We arrived in Berlin on the 31st of May 2010. We had booked an apartment in Bastian Strasse in Wedding, the north of Berlin. It was a studio apartment with kitchen, balcony and bathroom. We loved the little balcony. It was perfect for sitting outside with a cup of coffee or tea and a bite to eat. The sun was on it nearly all day.

This is Bastian Strasse

This is Bastian Strasse

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Our Street2

We had this little apartment all to ourselves for four weeks. The fifth week we spent in Neu-Canow with my brother and his wife. And the last week of our holidays Peter’s sister put us up in her very small apartment. But more about this later.

I think we were the last guests in that apartment in Bastian Street. The lady who owned this place said she was about to sell the place to a young couple.

Another Walk today, Tuesday

14 Apr

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Today I did make it to the bridge from where this large house on top of Mt.Brown can be seen. I wanted to take a picture of this house. It can really be seen quite clearly from that bridge. However my pictures did not turn out clearly enough. I have to try it again some other time, maybe at a different time of the day. Anyhow, I show the pictures I took, even though you cannot see very much of that beautiful house. But maybe you get an idea.

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There is a freeway underneath the bridge. On both sides of the bridge is a huge fence.

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A lot of activity with water improvement works!

Still a lot of activity with water improvement works!

Monday Morning Walk

13 Apr
This is what I noticed in one of the neighbouring gardens

This is what I noticed in one of the neighbouring gardens

This is a public grass area.  Brooks Creeks is next to these trees on the left, to the right are houses.

This is a public grass area. Brooks Creek is next to these trees on the left, to the right are houses.

Looking from here Lakelands Park is to the left of Brooks Creeks

Looking from here Brooks Creeks is on the right behind the trees.

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Still a busy street with water improvement works.

Still a busy street with water improvement works.

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My knee was playing up a bit this morning, so I had to walk very slowly. But at least I could take some pictures. I also could talk to some of my neighbours, who happened to be outside.

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