After purchasing the Lomography City Guide Berlin on a whim, I suddenly found myself in love with the little world painted inside; and since I've had a hankering to go traveling for quite some time now, I got myself a passport, convinced my friend Sarah that she wanted to come with me, and made my little whimsical dream become a reality! Here's part 4 of our Berlin adventures!
Day 4: We went to another new district, Kreuzberg and first off visited the Berlin Jewish Museum (237). The first part of the museum serves as a reminder of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust with very personal artifacts and stories making the facts devastatingly real. The architecture of the museum is stunning and really creates the appropriate atmosphere for such a tribute. The rest of the museum covers key points in Jewish history and although it is maybe a little on the long side, it was very interesting and informative. The photography gallery was particularly interesting. I did find the airport type security a little unnerving though.
Next we went to Checkpoint Charlie. Although it was very touristy, it was cool to see some of Berlin’s past in its original form. It makes for some good timeless photo opportunities. It was beginning to get hot again so we went to Aldemir Ice-Cream (058), reputedly one of the best ice-creams in Berlin. I ordered a large chocolate and banana sundae with chocolate brownie, toffee and latte ice-cream! It was so good but for some reason they refused to do Sarah a big sundae and just gave her a cornet instead which kind of spoilt the experience a bit; maybe it was just a case of a slight language barrier.
We then took a wander down to Gorlitzer Park where I took Sarah’s mini golf virginity! Black Light Mini Golf (132) is underground and all UV, which was seriously cool! It was also the hardest mini golf ever, they’ve certainly been very imaginative with the course. The evening was so hazy and warm we decided to stay in the park for a bit (057). People were having BBQs, playing Frisbee, and making music; such a relaxed and beautiful place. Also the perfect place for people watching.
When hunger took over, we reluctantly moved and had pizza sitting outside. Afterwards, we went to Madame Claude (207), which became our favorite bar in Berlin! All the furniture were stuck to the ceiling and it had such a retro, carefree attitude. The soundtrack was gorgeous grungy with a lot of Sonic Youth and the beer was ridiculously cheap. A beautiful man from Melbourne asked us for a light and I fell in love with him a little bit. But then again it’s the perfect bar to have a little imaginary romance with a man from the other side of the world. We also met a guy from Portland, Oregon who was really sweet. He attempted a highly comedic British accent! The U-Bahn was closed when we left so we took a very nice walk home and had one last go in the photobooths for good measure.
Stay tuned for the next part of this seven-part series!