Our first Sunday in Berlin

26 Jul

Above is the video that was taken in the Volkspark am Weinberg.

We had arrived on Saturday, the 4th of June. Ilse’s sons had come to Tegel-Airport to pick us up and drive us with all our luggage to our apartment in Rubensstrasse. It was so good to have the two cars waiting for us. Klaudia as well as Ilse and Finn had also come along and we took off on the Autobahn that took us from the airport to our apartment in just a few minutes! Once we were settled in our apartment, we were given huge amounts of food, especially Ilse and Finn had brought a lot of food along. So all of us stayed together for quite a while, talking about lots of things and having a nice meal.

Strangely enough we did not feel too tired to go out to the Brandenburg Gate after our Berlin family had left us. So it was the five of us from Australia, namely Martin, Caroline, Matthew, Peter and me, exploring Berlin on our own on our first day in Berlin after we had only just arrived on our very long trip all the way from Australia.

The following morning we went out for breakfast. Die “Wolke” was just around the corner. They were doing pretty good business on a Sunday morning. We noticed a constant stream of customers. So we had a good breakfast sitting down in the Wolke Cafe.

PETER LOVED THIS BUN

PETER LOVED THIS BUN

Steak tartare is a meat dish made from finely chopped or minced rawbeef.

 

This what I had

This is what I had

Streusel-Schnecke is what we liked too.

Streusel-Schnecke is what we liked too.

I did not take pictures of all the food, but here is some more of the food that was on offer.

I did not take pictures of all the food, but here is some more of the food that was on offer.

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I seem not to have taken any pictures from that afternoon we spent near Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) and where we had gone to by public transport.
But on Sunday the five of us did – also by public transport –  go to Alexander Platz and from there on the U-Bahn to Rosenthaler Platz to meet my niece Corinna and her son Carlos for lunch.

Am Alexander Platz

Am Alexander Platz

Martin, Caroline, Peter and Matthew

Martin, Caroline, Peter and Matthew

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The above picture I still took at Alexander Platz. After Alexander Platz we took off to ROSENTHALER PLATZ.

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Peter with my niece Corinna and her son Carlos

Peter with my niece Corinna and her son Carlos

I with Caroline, Matthew and Corinna

I with Caroline, Matthew and Corinna

This lunch is to my liking

This lunch was to my liking

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After lnch we went to this place.

After lunch we went to this place.

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When we left this interesting place we were heading for the park where – as Corinna promised – there would be some dancing on display together with great swing music from the 1940s. Carlos had made his good-buys in the meantime. (After all, it is only a certain amount of time a fifteen year old is willing to spend with the ‘oldies’!)

Corinna had been right, there was some dancing going on here.

Corinna had been right, there was some dancing going on here.

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Peter and I found the music quite electrifying. It reminded us of old times and the swing music that we used to like. During the 1950s, when we would often go dancing, swing was still quite popular.On that Sunday afternoon in the park inspired by the music  Peter and I actually tried a little bit of dancing of our own. To our amusement, somebody videoed us while we were doing this! (See video at the beginning of page) We found this absolutely hilarious. Later on we watched for quite some time the dancing of the very young people. They seemed quite familiar with this type of dance music and danced very well indeed. A lot of these young people had dressed up in the 1940s style. There was even one young guy who had dressed in something that reminded us of the post WWII period when the young Americans of our occupation forces looked in their  uniforms a bit like this guy did. Quite amazing!

I took a picture of our little group before we were sitting down for some drinks.

I took a picture of our little group before we were sitting down for some drinks.

It was a balmy early summer afternoon. We enjoyed our drinks, listening to the music and watching the young people dancing. The place is called “Volkspark am Weinberg”.

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8 Responses to “Our first Sunday in Berlin”

  1. rangewriter July 27, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    You and Peter dancing! That is marvelous! Berlin must look like a completely different city to you, compared to your memories of before. I would arm wrestle you for that Streusel-Schnecke! 😉

    • auntyuta July 27, 2016 at 8:16 am #

      This is very true, Linda, it looks very different now compared to what it looked like when we left Berlin in the 1950s. We found that every baker had always excellent, very fresh and low priced cakes for sale. Compared to Australia the price of good cakes, ice-cream, and alcoholic beverages was ridiculously low. So, overall maybe we indulged a bit much during our recent Berlin visit! 🙂

  2. gerard oosterman July 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    You all had a good time and it shows in those lovely pictures. Glad to hear that the prices were not expensive. I expected the opposite.

    • auntyuta July 30, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

      Yes, Gerard, we have some good memories of that trip to Berlin. I think the only thing that was expensive was bottled water (dearer than beer!). At home we were happy to drink just tap water. In a restaurant no tap water was served. Any water we wanted to have in a cafe or restaurant. we had to pay for.

  3. The Emu July 29, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

    Love the pictures Uta, food, scenery and the ambience of the moment all shine through.

    • auntyuta July 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

      Well, Emu, you should watch the old couple dancing on the spur of the moment. I wrote this about the video at the top:
      “Peter and I found the music quite electrifying. It reminded us of old times and the swing music that we used to like. During the 1950s, when we would often go dancing, swing was still quite popular.On that Sunday afternoon in the park inspired by the music Peter and I actually tried a little bit of dancing of our own. To our amusement, somebody videoed us while we were doing this! (See video at the beginning of page) We found this absolutely hilarious.

      • The Emu July 30, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

        I can certainly imagine the joy you had in reliving the old step moves, would have bought back many memory’s

      • auntyuta July 30, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

        We just loved this kind of dance music and still love it! 🙂

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