Goodbye to Berlin

Goodbye to Berlin

Yesterday’s post on Elizabeth Taylor was the first in a few weeks. I thought I’d explain why.

My stepson, his wife and two nervous cats and two small boys were moving from Berlin (Prenzlauerberg district, in the former East sector) after many years there, working in the music business. They were going to Sant Cugat, 20km north of Barcelona.

Mrs TD and I flew over to help. I took a load of photos, quite sad to think we’d probably not go back to Prenzlauerberg. We’ll certainly revisit Berlin centre, though.

Carl Legien estate

Carl Legien estate, designed by Bruno Taut, on which is found the lovely Café Eckstern

Here’s a selection of those pictures, my valediction to an interesting area of the city, full of psychogeophraphical surprises – there are statues, carved details, murals, Bauhaus design – all round this area. Like the area around the café mentioned below: workers’ accommodation designed by Bruno Taut (associated with the Deutscher Werkbund, which included Walter Gropius) in the early 30s.

Just look up or around: there’s always something worth lingering over.  As I did in a post way back, my Berlin dérive...

Here’s the hof being used to store boxes before loading on the truck, with Berliners’ ubiquitous bikes parked next to them:









And here’s the removal truck:






pumping station

An old pumping station


pumping station

The pumping station looked indifferent from the distance, but there were delightful architectural details, iike this Berlin bear over a doorway











Corner figure

Another little artistic detail over a corner

Girl statue

This charming statue is just outside the house

















And we had several coffees, muesli, croissants, bagels and cakes from our favourite café round the corner: Café Eckstern – which I wrote about affectionately earlier this year 
Cafe Eckstern

Police hippy van

Typical Berlin scene: hipsters have pimped this former police van and made it into something wildly different: the word ‘Polizei’ may not be visible in this picture, but it’s there, dimly surviving just below the windscreen. 












Enough pictures for one post. Next time, Sant Cugat, after a LONG road trip with those traumatised cats.

8 thoughts on “Goodbye to Berlin

    • Karen: it WAS pretty stressful, though I think Mrs TD and daughter-in-law had the tougher deal, taking two fractious toddlers on the plane, which was delayed, of course, than me and son driving 1800 km with the anxious cats!

  1. What a marvellous post, and fantastic photographs, one of my favourite cities. But gosh what a move, both in distance and culturally I should think.

  2. I enjoyed this because I have an interest in the architecture of cities and their suburbs, and my holiday snaps are full of photos of ‘the little things’.
    Kaggsy, you sound like me, welded to my home of nearly 30 years unable to imagine ever moving out of it… but I was once a trio of little girls under 10, moving from the UK to Africa to Australia, taking in 14 different schools as we went. It will be a wonderful experience for the little TDs, making them open to new experiences, adaptable, able to make friends easily – and comfortable with the idea of being multilingual. I wish them ‘bon voyage’ and a smooth transition. (Finding where the new light switch is in the dark is IMO the hardest part).

    • Lisa: the older grandson is 3 & already switches effortlessly between English, his dad’s language, to Spanish, his Chilean mum’s, & German, the language of his Berlin playmates. Now he’ll pick up Catalan! And his little brother too – though he’ll miss out on the German. And yes, a totally different culture- exciting.

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