19.04.2013 - 26.04.2013 17 °C
Feeling like I have walked out my door in Elwood, Prenlazerberg is a very cool place to stay . Full of bars, cafes and quirky boutiques we have enjoyed exploring the streets around our hood. We had dinner at the most amazing Italian restaurant, the other night, just rocked in off the street, gotta love that.
But now less about food and more about history and politics ; being post war babies we are so familiar with stories of the cold war and the wall, but I have learnt so much in the past week. What a facinating and deeply sad history. So much was revealed in the unpeeling of the events of the last 80 years, so many stories told so articulately. The Jewish museum and the Holocaust museum, both highlights for their poignancy and clarity in the way the physical space can tap into our psyche and convey feelings through the space itself. Each museum we visited added a few more pieces of the puzzle and deepened the understanding. A two edged sword, as it is an understanding I would prefer not to have, but at the same time, one that i feel necessary for humanity.
Family, another aspect of the Berlin chapter. Over the top feelings of joy and elation, seeing our boy and what a buzz celebrating at Margaux near the Brandenburg Tor with an over the top dinner, just the way he likes it ! Though the week had it's moments, 3 Bell adults trying to agree on how the days would roll, the week was full of fun and laugher particularly putting Caitlin Jane and her friend Alex in the mix. It was fun exploring with others and so many memorable moments. As a bonus we shared a few very fun times with Olivia who I used to work with and some cuddles with her baby Artie.
Where we had immersed ourselves in old masters in Madrid, Berlin was about contemporary art. We saw many galleries with pieces ranging from Warhol's Mao to some very challenging and curious pieces of foam and rock ( I wish we had the English tour as I am sure I would have gained a far deeper appreciation !) really enjoyed the ME gallery in Mitte as it was a small collection playing with the theme of memento Mori, old and new art and artefacts juxtaposed in a really interesting way, reminding me a little of MONA in HobArt.
All in all just a taste of what Berlin had to offer.