Walking through Berlin

flowersI spent most of the day by myself which was kind of nice.  Had a desire to begin at a farmers market.  I ended up going to the one at Kollwitzplatz that happens on Thursday and the bigger one on Saturday.  I had actually been there before.  It is located in a beautiful park that sits like a town square.  There was meat, cheese, vegetables, flowers, food and coffee carts.

hotdoglunchThere was a man serving up a variety of sausages.  I went with the classic and a sweet cabbage on the side.  It was delicious.

basilSummer is the best season for fresh herbs and vegetables so the market smelled delicious.

shoeI had to be at the American Embassy at 245.  I was speaking to a group of women who are entrepreneurs and investors in Berlin.  I had a few hours to kill.  The embassy was over an hour walk but I figured I’d just start walking and see where I ended up.

iceflatwhiteCoffee was definitely needed.  I walked into a small coffee shop called The Barn.  It was amazing.  They roast their own beans, have classes about coffee and they serve it to you in a variety of different ways.  I went for a iced flat white.  Absolutely perfect.  They take their coffee very seriously here.

happystoreI continued walking and dropped into another store called the Happy Store.  They carry young designers across the globe.  None of them I had heard about before and that is always a good thing.

buildingsold:newContinued to walk.  I have passed these buildings before.  I just love the old with the new.  Extremely urban.

berlinentranceI finally made my way to the embassy with about 15 minutes to just hang out on a bench.  The embassy is right next door to the Bradenburg Gate.  It is really amazing just to sit there and think about the history.  I remember when the Berlin wall came down.  We were glued to the TV with goosebumps.  We all wanted to get on a plane and be part of history.

I went to the embassy and got to talk about my career, investing, entrepreneurship, etc with a group of women.  It was really something I enjoy doing and don’t do enough of.  It was the wife to the US Ambassador of Germany who put this together.  She has had a lot of success in her own right.  She took me up stairs to meet her husband and see the views.  Have to admit, it was pretty cool.

schnitzelDinner was soon.  We had dinner at Schwarzwaldstuben.   A relatively new restaurant that serves a new version of classic German food.  Cash only.  We each had schnitzel that was really good.

appetizersWe started off with these appetizers to share that were a mixture of some classic German tastes.  Didn’t like this as much as the schnitzel but I’d come back here on our next trip.

We left the next morning, really early but plan on being back in the fall.