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A photographer friend of mine told me she knew someone in Berlin I “just had to” meet. So on Monday I took the U-Bahn to Kreuzberg and meet this delightfully vivacious person. She took me to the cafe am Engelsbecken (angels basin) and we chatted like old friends.

She spent the day showing me around Kreuzberg in a sort of scavenger-hunt for nice places to sit and eat/drink. And as we moved from place to place, the warm sun always smiling down on us,  we told each other stories and slowly became new friends.

at the Engelbecken

at the Engelbecken

an old lopsided tree-house an old Turkish man lives in

an old lopsided tree-house an old Turkish man lives in

isn't radical doing what you're told not to do?

isn’t radical doing what you’re told not to do?

poster art on a lamppost

poster art on a lamppost

on the canal

on the canal

Synagoge am Fraenkelufer

Synagoge am Fraenkelufer

pipes over teh canal

pipes over the canal

lots of swans

lots of swans

two friends in a rubber boat

two friends in a rubber boat

After a delightful afternoon I then went to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) to pick up an old friend of mine. We had met many years before in Dublin, but she moved back to Germany a few years ago and decide to come an visit me in Berlin.

After a late night of chatting we had a leisurely breakfast out in the garden, she, like a true German, with coffee, me, like the half-Irish I am, with tea. Because my foot was still throbbing and quite sore (it’s much better today, thanks for asking) and the sun had turned the heat up we decide to take a boat-trip. The one we picked is called the ‘bridge tour” and takes you along the Spree and two canals, in a circle around the center of Berlin. We were two old friends laughing, chatting and taking in the sights of the capital and I soon discovered that taking photos while moving is not easy.

break-feast

break-feast

under a bridge

under a bridge

a ladder into the Spree

a ladder into the Spree

securing the boat

securing the boat

this  is a Rosinenbomber (raisin bomber). After WWII West Berlin was isolated by the Russians (cold war) so teh Americans dropped parcels with food etc from above ... and since tehre were little packets of raisins in the boxes they were nick-named raisin bombers

this is a Rosinenbomber (raisin bomber). After WWII West Berlin was isolated by the Russians (cold war) so the Americans dropped parcels with food etc from above and since there were little packets of raisins in the boxes they were nick-named raisin bombers

at a water-gate (or lock)

at a water-gate (or lock)

a shining piece of architecture

a shining piece of architecture

steps up into the Reichstag

steps up into the Reichstag

Berliner Ensemble was founded by the great German play-write Bertolt Brecht in 1949 in East Berlin

Berliner Ensemble was founded by the great German play-write Bertolt Brecht in 1949 in East Berlin

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