Treptower Park

Another gorgeous Sunday in Berlin.

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For today’s edition of “Riding the Ring” (the S-Bahn Ring trains run the loop around the city. It’s a great way to get everywhere.)  we are off to Treptower Park.

Treptower Park runs along the Spree out in Treptow.  Perfect for a lazy sunny day.

I have yet to buy a bike.  Berlin is a great bike city, and I want to bike more, but I am not sure how much I will use it, so I signed up for NextBike which allows me to grab a bike from pretty much anywhere in the city.

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I peddled along the Spree, stopping to enjoy the amazing views. First stop, the Rose Garden.   Like most Berlin parks, Treptower has a lot of beautiful flowers growing in various spots.    There”s even a big splash fountain.  My favorite part though was this crazy little dog & bird fountain.  What inspired this I have no idea. But I love it.

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Next, a leisurely bike along the river.   There”s a little bridge over to the Insel restaurant on the Island of Youth.  There seemed to be a pretty happening scene over there. That will be a destination for another weekend.

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There”s even a cafe on a boat – though I was more interested in the ducks and ducklings.

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There’s  a long, easy shady path along the river by the abandoned Spreewald amusement park.

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Lots of places to stop and relax. IMG_4071

On the other side of Treptower Park is the Soviet War Memorial

The Soviet War Memorial is a vast war memorial and military cemetery in Berlin‘s Treptower Park. It was built to the design of the Soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky to commemorate 7,000 of the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin in April–May 1945. It opened four years after World War II on May 8, 1949. The Memorial served as the central war memorial of East Germany.

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Across from the park is my favorite Apotheke building:

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On the way home, I stopped by Ernst Thallman Park. Ernst Thallman was a Weimar era leader of the Communist Party.

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I didn’t spend much time there today- but I will definitely back.  It’s close to my house and it has a dog pool with a waterfall!

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Until next Sunday, Auf Weidersehen.

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Today’s Berlin summer adventure – Badeschiff & ‘hood

It”s been a long few months.  I love living in Berlin, but I have been incredibly homesick. I miss Boston. I miss my friends.  I miss English (yes, I know. Berliners speak English.  But I am frustrated by how slow my Deutsch lernen is)  I’ve been very, very low some days.  I knew when I chose to uproot myself and leave home to live in a city where I knew noone that there would be hard times.   But that doesn’t make the bad days feel any better.

One way I’ve decided to try and combat this is by getting UP and getting OUT.  I can not allow myself to sit around and stew. When I want to lay around and do nothing, I make myself do something.  Even if it’s just a walk down to and around the park.  This weekend was a good execution.  A friend invited me out for drinks on Friday and after first saying no, I went.  Yesterday I met the same friend for a beer tasting and a BBQ in the park.

I still felt pretty low this morning so I decided my Sunday discovery assignment would be the Badeschiff.  It’s a great beach bar with a pool in the Spree.

What a perfect spot on a hot day.   Music, people, a perfect pool.  Swimming always makes me happy. I just don’t do it enough.

I also did some wandering around the neighborhood.   Not sure what’s up with this van but it made me laugh:

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I found a lovely beer garden/bar that I bet is hopping on a Saturday night which happened to be having a Foodora sponsored food festival.  (Which was great because I was starving. )

I love the street art here.

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And I never get tired of the of the Oberbaumbrücke

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NOW that I’ve had my exploration, I am going to lay on the couch and watch OITNB.  Because I’ve earned it 😉