- can they hold our weight?
|ebe's Bike: Lady Girl|
|Ian's Bike: Stray Bullet|
But biking here is irresistible. Seattle for all of it's calls of "green-friendly bike city" - requires serious discipline making it up ferocious hills, braving narrow streets, and aggressive drivers. We just can't hack it there. But Berlin is (mostly) devoid of hills, has wide bike-laned boulevards, and if not joyous car & pro bike drivers - they are accepting of their fate in sharing the road.
So spring is here & we've taken to the roads. Rapturously, shakily riding the streets of Berlin. And what a lot there is to see.
The Wasserturm, Berlin's oldest water tower, was completed in 1877. This site is a symbol of the neighborhood, Prenzlauer Berg, and has an interesting history.
|Wasserturm Prenzlauer Berg|
|Jewish School in Prezlauer Berg|
Quiet in these pics, Mariannenplatz is covered in people for MyFest (MayDay). An old hospital dominates the square and hosts art events.
Graffiti, graffiti everywhere. How I love thee.
|Lebowski on Berlin Wall|
And beir bike stag party:
My parents were intimidated by a protest in Bratislava, but it's hardly a day in Berlin without a call for social reform.
...and awesomely weird public art! Ian passes this place on his commute to work everyday. We had time to make use of it on our bike ride of leisure.
|Old Scultheiss Brewery|
|Kreuzberg Church & U-Baahn line|
|Nikolaikirche, Rotes Rathaus, Fernsehturm|
In spite of our continual jabs at Wedding, we are starting to really like our neighborhood.
|rose garden starting to bloom|
BIG plus - we found a swimming pool with slide 5 minutes from the house. I think our summer plans are established. (We went, we swam, we conquored)
Fallen in love with our nearby park. And old people being all cute.
You can barely make out people on the grass past the trees, but they are hilarious. This large group of older Turkish gentlemen appear frequently and play bocce ball - cursing all the while.
Time for a break....
These are just tidbits of what we've seen this spring in Berlin. Those sights truly deserving of full posts and restaurants we have been lucky enough to sample will be taking on an increasingly prominent role on this blog (like finding real bears in the center of the city). I take pictures of pretty much anything that moves (and lots of things that don't) so what better way to fan another of my amateur outlets than post them on my blog? Maybe our sight/restaurant reviews will even be of service to others in Berlin. Enjoy!