5.5.11

Berlin | No Wall, Lots of Bricks

Psynopsis Berlin Collage

Psynopsis Cafe Pergamon Berlin
Psynopsis Berlin Building Site
Having a new baby in form of ginger Horrid Henry (no no no, he's not horrid at all, he's a 9-week-old whirlwind of activity and it's a very big question if can refrain from boring you with sweet kitty pictures) dressing up and taking photos has become a secondary matter… Which gives me the chance to go back to my recent Berlin visit. I'm quite aware that the city has become a popular weekend destination (and cheap living place) and I'd love to give you some insider tips, but having grown up in the 'old Berlin' where one couldn't get lost - no matter how drunk - because at some point you would always bump against a wall and which gave me immediate street cred with the rest of German teenagers because I lived in a dark, mysterious cold war city with no curfew, I never adapted to the new, stylish, international place Berlin has become, and still have to take out a map as soon as I cross over to what used to be the walled-off East. Which makes me pretty much a tourist myself. So at arrival friends and family have to update my dinosaur brain... Apparently the next big thing is spending your nights in a caravan B&B called Hüttenpaläste; my sister showed me The Corner (where I stroked Alaia dresses and rummaged through heaps of designer bags), and our new favourite hang-out is Jäger & Sammler in Schöneberg – which has good food and wine and is (probably to their detriment) very much off the tourist path.
Psynopsis Jaeger und Sammler Berlin
pergamon museum & café, jäger & sammler; photo in 1st pic: will mcbride 'eating popcorn at the wannsee' west berlin, 1959

39 comments:

Kazuko said...

it's been a while since i've been to berlin. (and i've only went there in summer - which was beauuuuutiful.) it's lovely. your pictures - that's berlin for me! you've captured the spirit of the city so well (maybe because you are berliner?).

and no - what a surprise! :) welcome horrid henry! and yes - please, please, please post a picture of him! gingers are so beautiful and elegant! (like human redheads in my opinion :) )

looking forward to a henry post! yes!

Upasna said...

I love this post. I've always wondered how I tend to relate to a city I've lived in almost static terms ie my images never get a refresh, there's always a mismatch with what was and what is. I often find myself saying 'things aren't quite the same'. With such a historical event behind Berlin, I find this read, even more exciting- being an outsider!

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Cool post!

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MyStyle said...

Hi my dear-you show a really wonderful portrait of Berlin, it looks and sounds such an interesting and intriguing place!!
My next fair at Primrose Hill (Cecil Sharpe House) is on Sunday and I will post again when my next one is!!

Tanvi said...

I guess we relate to the cities with the memories they hold for us. And as the city changes ... a part of us feels things are getting away ... nothing is as it was ... so in a way our past is diminishing, at in its physical sense? I always find just feelings and thoughts extremely over whelming and want to curl up and go back to ...when the things were different

(Don't even know if I made any sense at all here!)

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Dancing Branflake said...

You are such a tough woman! I very much want to meet your mother. I get the sense that the women in your family are very strong and independent and all around awesome. And Berlin? I have always wanted to go there. They are definitely on the cutting edge of dance.

Vintage Vixen said...

My brother absolutely loves Berlin and always comes back raving about everything he's seen. I bet it must have changed dramically since you were a teen. xxx
PS I demand to se Horrid Henry!

the nyanzi report said...

I have to go to Berlin this summer.

misslikey said...

i would love to visit Berlin someday. I've always had a feeling it's a lovely place

Pop Champagne said...

lovely dining space in the last picture! I've never been to Berlin, but I would love to go one day...

drollgirl said...

YOU HAVE A NEW KITTY?!?!?! PICS! PICS! WE NEED PICS!

and i ALMOST went to germany a while back when i found out they had this huge heavy metal outdoor festival (annually? i think?). although your pictures and your activities in deutschland look infinitely more beautiful and cultural and enticing than a heavy metal show. lol

horrid henry. you are too much!!!

Hannah said...

Lovely pictures! I went to Berlin in summer 2009 when I was inter railing around Europe and it was probably my favourite city of the trip. I love how expanses and different it is, definitely need more than a weekend to explore properly. I want to go back soon =)


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INTRO TO MY LIFE said...

your so right, berlin have quickly become one of my most go to places
great photos

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Would love to visit one day!
...and love to stroke & pet Alaia dresses as well~ha! gorgeous shots as always, Sabine!

Kavery said...

We've got a bit of The Wall as a souvenir somewhere. I love visiting cities that still feel familiar to me though I've been away for a decade.

wulanasihsetyarini said...

wow, i think impossible for me to go to berlin.. it's so far away from indonesia..
still, i love your post..

xoxo

Maddy said...

I adore your photos Sabine! I've never thought to visit Berlin before, but after your description, I think I must visit next time I'm in Europe :)

Fashionistable said...

You have a new kitty - I had to re-read the 1st few lines a couple of times - thought you had, had a new baby and I was thinking hey she didnt tell us she was pregnant. Bit slow today. Late out last night.....I get lost in my home town too (Belfast) it also has changed a lot in the last few years. More freedom there too. Great info. Looking forward to more and pictures of your new arrival please :-) Xxxx

Sick by Trend said...

amazing pictures!!! thanks for sharing. They are very interesting.

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Have a nice weekend!

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Leia said...

It's nice to see Berlin through your eyes Sabine!

Leia

Juliet said...

Looks cool!

Juliet xxx

Harriet said...

Your photos look wonderful. I've never been to Berlin, but I'd definitely like to.

rebecca said...

awww, hope he's not being too horrid! berlin looks like a truly amazing city, i really, really want to visit as soon as i can

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PinkBow said...

i enjoyed seeing these. i would love to visit berlin.

styleeast said...

Really great photos. And it's interesting to read of your upbringing in Berlin, I went there last year and was so struck by how modern and cosmopolitan it was, yet so respectful of its history. I loved it and would like to go back (preferably in summer as it was minus 10 when we went!) x

danniekate said...

oh sabine, i do love your posts! thoughtful and gorgeous xx

STEFANIE said...

I've actually never been to Berlin, but I'd loooove to visit :) Seems like a unique city!

Haute World said...

I almost went to Berlin again last year, but didn't get a chance. I only visited 'old Berlin' once when I was still a kid and I don't have many memories of it. The newer Berlin is more familiar but still confuses me a lot. I remember hating it around 1998 when I first revisited and the next few years weren't any better (I was in uni and would visit friends there a lot). I think I only appreciated it more starting a few years ago. I'll have to check out the restaurants you mentioned. The Corner is wonderful (as is Quartier 206), but not much more affordable than anywhere else unfortunately ;-)

Cindy Whitehead said...

Love the Berlin shots. Now bring on the kitty pictures!! (-:

Fourth Daughter said...

Great pics and makes Berlin sound amazing, I haven't been fuer eine Ewigkeit!!
But more to the point... WHERE are the new cat pics!?

Isabel said...

i dont think ive ever been to berlin. or if i have i cant remember...id love to visit one day!

Roz said...

Beautifully atmospheric photos which make me want to visit Berlin. I have been thinking recently about the connections we have with where we grow up and the ways in which these places shape us. One of my great-grandparents was German. In terms of family heritage I'm a real hybrid mix of european, american and british: english/ welsh/celtic - yet my rural upbringing places me in one of the most quintessentially 'english' settings imaginable.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

I haven't been to Berlin for years but my friends go a lot. They're all into techno and go to Panorama Bar, Watergate, Berghain a club that's a disused power station. I must get myself over there soon.

Hope you're well and yes please, can we have a picture of Horrid Henry? xx

Ioana Liliana said...

Horrid Henry you say! Now that is a surprise!? Did I miss the news? Oh my, congratulations and lots of virtual hugs!

Anyhow, outfit or no outfit, another great post!


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Belly B said...

I definitely need to go to Berlin one day. These pics look amazing!! :)

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Heather said...

hahaha "at some point you would always bump against a wall" :P

and yes, kitty pictures :P

vint junky said...

Awww it looks incredible sabine. I'd love to hang there... and eat ALOT of berlins finest fayre.

xxx

ps. I'd love to see little henry. But then again i'm feeling extremely broody lately! dangerous!!

ediot said...

thanks for sharing your photos, they're great. i love Berlin, it's such an exciting city. Can't wait to visit it again and again.
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