Excursion to Berlin
In Middle of December I visited Berlin for some days. It was shortly before Christmas and shops and streets were decorated festively. Berlin is a very big, noisy, hectic and crude city (3,5 million inhabitants) but in some back courtyards a bit of the Christmas atmosphere could be found in little extraordinary shops. Of course, Berlin has a lot of nice old houses, doors, old quarters, old shops, graveyards and museums etc. which are really beautiful and interesting. You can see an old bookshop with wonderful wooden fittings in one of my photos.
Maybe you heard about the ambush that happened around middle of December in Berlin. I have been exactly at this place two days before it happened. I was really flabbergasted when I realized that I could have been killed, too.
I also visited the famous Jewish cemetery which is the biggest in all Europe. It was really very worthwhile to see a very different funeral culture. I found a very extraordinary grave with lots of gilded roses out of iron.
Berlin has a lot of little restaurants, coffee shops , pastry shops etc. and they are usually quite cheap, cheaper than in Hamburg, where I live. I enjoyed some Indian, Greek, Italian and German food. After so many days of walking around in this big city I was happy to leave for my hometown Hamburg.