Once I found out the news that I would no longer be living in Berlin, I tried to convince my mom to come for a visit before it was too late. We found out on August 15th and by August 24th Mom landed in Berlin. We met at the airport, grabbed a coffee, and finally got her bag after a minor mishap with her luggage before getting settled in the apartment. I happened to know of a Street Food Market on Thursdays that I hadn’t been to yet so we wandered over to East Side Gallery to check out the Wall and then across the Oberbaumbrücke to Markthalleneun where we found the bustling market. We grabbed a seat, a couple of glasses of wine, and a few tapas for dinner before heading back to the apartment in Mitte.
Mom was on her own the next day and she did some exploring around the neighbourhood. It was Sommer Koncert at the Botanical Gardens that evening so we grabbed a couple of beers for the train ride over only to find out the concert was sold out. However, since we were already there, we decided to still get a ticket and at least see the gardens. We wandered the gardens, visited the greenhouse and then sat outside with a glass of wine and we could even hear the band playing faintly in the background. We finally made it back to the apartment after some bus and train confusion and had a late dinner in the flat.
Saturday we kept things a bit closer to home as Mom’s feet were getting pretty tired. In the morning, we walked over to the Reichstag, grabbed a couple of warm pretzels, and then strolled through Tiergarten to the Sinti and Roma Memorial. We then walked to the Holocaust Memorial where there was also a cultural parade in progress so we took a seat on the grey stones and watched the parade go by. We grabbed an early afternoon coffee at The Visit before we walked to Gendarmenmarkt square where we sat to enjoy the view along with an Aperol Spritz. We stopped to grab a few bottles of wine from Galeries Lafeyette and some groceries at Lidl before heading back to the apartment for a delicious dinner including the in-season mushroom, pfifferlinges.
On Sunday, we went to the House of Small Wonders for brunch and then checked out the different boat cruises along the River. We settled on a 2.5 hour journey that afternoon which took us southeast down the Spree and back again all the way up to the Schloss Charlottenburg where the tour ended. We hopped off the boat and then strolled through the palace grounds before hopping on the bus and train back to Mitte. It was still a nice evening and we were hungry so we grabbed a spot along the Spree for some German specialities including currywurst and meatballs at Ständige Vertretung.
The next day we ventured back to the area of Charlottenburg. We took a coffee at Die Stulle and then visited the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. We enjoyed a bite at Neni with a view overlooking the Zoo. We stopped in at KaDeWe to pick up some wine and Lakrids liquorice before heading back to Potsdamer Platz. Then we made some dinner and had a relaxing night in watching a movie.
During the week, Mom kept busy checking out the sights and in the evenings we went to THE ONE-Grand Show at Friedrichstadt Palast and Schnitzelei, a restaurant known for making some pretty delicious schnitzel. We even checked out the evening dancing at Monbijou Park where the locals were practicing the Tango. We had a great week together before Dan was on his way from Abu Dhabi to join us on August 31st.