If you've been following me on Instagram, you will know by now that we're in Berlin, our first time in the city, the first time in Germany, for that matter. We've been very favourably impressed, although we've done very little of the many things recommended to us as must-do's in this city rich in history, architecture, art, music, food, and so much more. A future visit is definitely on the agenda, but our main purpose in being here is to be with "our Rome family" who are here for work.
I quite like this approach as a way of getting to know a new city. While we may not tick many items off an obvious "Berlin list" of must-sees and must-dos, we've soaked up atmosphere by walking our usual 15+ kilometres a day and just observing.
We've done some of this together. . . that's all family there, spread out below that monumental memorial to Soviet soldiers killed in WWII.
And no matter what Berlin holds out for us, it couldn't quite compete with a Two inviting me to "Dammi cinque, Nana, Dammi cinque" (Give me Five, in Italian -- who knew? ;-)
So this is where we are, for now, and you'll have to watch this space to see where we land next. (Hint: considerable retracing of steps ahead of us). If you're curious, by the way, yes, the combination of Berlin and October is challenging my carry-on-only wardrobe. Still getting dressed in clean clothes, though, and managing to stay reasonably warm. For those who aren't on IG, this is What I Wore yesterday--black wool knit skirt, cashmere cardi layered over cashmere pull, black tights, with a faux-fur vest and my Vince sneakers -- for a long day of sight-seeing and meeting a friend for lunch on a day with a high of 14 (and yes, that's my gorgeous daughter pushing the stroller on the right -- we were both shivering a bit, until the sun came out)