Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Germany - Part 1

Germany was amazing.  We had such a great time. I'm still trying to get back on a schedule though, Sunday we traveled home and had major delays at JFK so we had 30 hours of travel and 5 hours of sleep. Other than that we had an amazing time.  I’ll be breaking up the trip in to three different posts with pics from our adventures! 
We had a very short stop in New York before heading over to Germany, so we stayed with friends in Brooklyn.  We hit up the Brooklyn Flea on Saturday which was awesome.  The last time I attended the Flea was when I sold soaps there a couple of years ago when it first started.  It has really grown and has some amazing vendors.  I found so many things I wanted to bring home but sadly the only thing we were able to pick up was a sketch of NYC on a post-it note.  The artist does all of his work on post-it notes – very cool!
Our first stop in Germany was Berlin. We stayed at the Michelberger Hotel which was amazing.  I would highly recommend it to anyone passing through Berlin.  The hotel was full of vintage finds and fun things like chandeliers made out of old books and magazines.  They had an awesome lounge, The Big Lebowski played on repeat in all of the hallways of the hotel, and the food was incredible.   They also had a really great patio that had an intimate backyard kind of feel and on the weekends they throw huge parties for their guests.
While we were in Berlin we got a chance to hit up a flea market.  I found a demijohn for 20 euros…if it wouldn’t have been day 1 of our trip I would have definitely snagged it but I couldn’t have imagined hauling it through Europe for the next 7 days so I passed but that is seriously cheap and I have been wanting one for ever.  We were also eyeing this really great vintage pencil sketch of a scene in Germany but sadly there was a man in front of us at the table who bought it for 3 euro!  The only thing we managed to bring home from the flea was an old German burlap postal sack which I plan to make something out of. 
Overall Berlin was a lot of fun, we ate really great food and walked everywhere.  I was so inspired by the amazing European street fashion and it reminded me a little of New York with everyone walking or riding their bikes everywhere and I loved all the outdoor cafes but we were so tired from our all night flight from America that I was a little too worn out to appreciate it.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on Bavaria which was by far my favorite part of the trip. 

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