Berlin in 26 Days from the 4th to the 30th of June 2016

22 Jul

This Berlin visit was a true family event for  Peter and me. I would like to tell about the 26 days in Berlin in three different parts. First there were 8 days with Martin, Caroline and Matthew, then 9 days spent just with Martin and the last 9 days in Berlin we saw a lot of Monika and her family who came  to visit Berlin from the 21st to the 30th of June.

When we arrived in Berlin on Saturday, the 4th of June, we were five adults from Australia, and we were renting a three bedroom apartment in Rubensstrasse, Berlin-Friedenau. Our rented apartment was just great, very spacious and well equipped.

The other family group from Australia had booked an apartment in Prenzlauer Berg which is a bit North-East from the centre of Berlin, whereas Friedenau is South of Berlin’s centre. Monika’s group stayed in Berlin for 9 days after already having visited London, Paris and Zuerich. On Thursday, the 30th of June, they travelled back to London to stay there for another four nights and then to fly back to Sydney, Australia.

Thursday, the 9th of June was my brother Bodo’s 78th birthday. Peter, Martin, Matthew and Caroline went on that day to Kreuzberg (Cross-Mountain). Peter wanted to show them the place where he had grown up. My brother Peter Uwe came to go with me to visit Bodo.

Bodo is being looked after in a home for the Aged.

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We walked along here to get to the home where Bodo lives.

 

 

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This place, a Memorial for the Berlin Wall, is not far from where Bodo lives.

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Peter Uwe and Bodo

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Uta and Bodo

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Mum with Bodo, Uta and Peter Uwe in 1948

 

Below a few pictures I took one morning in our apartment. Matthew is in the background, Martin is on the left, and Caroline and Peter on the right.

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4 Responses to “Berlin in 26 Days from the 4th to the 30th of June 2016”

  1. aussieian2011 July 23, 2016 at 12:09 am #

    What a beautiful story of a family reunion Uta, the joy on Bodo’s face must have been beautiful when he first saw you.
    I enjoy seeing the comparison in the photographs from the past, not many people do it on Word Press, not only people but places, I recall a certain tree you revisited in one of your posts.
    Cheers for a beautiful weekend.

    • auntyuta July 23, 2016 at 7:36 am #

      Cheers, Ian, and thank you for your beautiful comment. You mention a certain tree. Yes, this is a very special tree for us, a chestnut-tree (KIasstanienbaum) at the end of Bozener Strasse. It was already as tall as a five story house in the 1930s, got a bit damaged during WW 2, but recovered and is still there!

  2. gerard oosterman July 23, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    A great journey and so nice to unite again with family. The apartment looks very nice.

    • auntyuta July 24, 2016 at 9:05 am #

      We were very happy with the apartment, Gerard.
      Wishing you and Helvi a good Sunday. We’ve had a very interesting Saturday. We can tell you all about it when we see you. Would you have time next week, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday?

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