Recently my mother and I spent a few days in Berlin.
She wanted to see a German Christmas Fair and I wanted to see neo classical architecture and decoration by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. A post about Schinkel can wait, he's not festive and my ambitions to see his works were mostly thwarted; However, the city of Berlin and all that we experienced there made up for it. Here are some of our Christmas-ey highlights.
The Gendarmenmarkt had better than average festive fare plus stiltwalking angels, theatre shows.... and Shinkel architecture.
Is that an 18th century statue of 'Person with IPad'? We were methodical in exploring all the rows of the fair in order, stopping for mulled wine, mulled rum, mulled cider and hot chocolate.
I think we may have we sampled hot vodka with our meal of smoked fish but I really can't remember.
On our travels we found this beautiful, mosaic ceiling damaged by bombs in the 1940's.
The lights in the city's trees were being connected and tested. Mum and I were hoping that we would see the streets illuminated during our visit. We used to live in Germany when I was five, most of my memories are of the festive season being magical.
For me the star of the show at the Charlottenburg Christmas Market was the ever changing light and patterns on the walls of the palace.
I have just found A useful post on Christmas/Design fairs in Berlin, seems like I will need a week next time. Oh and just as Mum and I were leaving for the airport, the lights came on all over the city giving us a gorgeous, glittery farewell.