The chronicles of a lady, bitten by the travel bug are vast, full of adventure, excitement and mystery. A yearning to explore the world takes her to the realms of the world, which echo sometimes with the epics of ancient history; romance, with classic exquisite architecture, pure heritage and culture and, at other times, simply virgin exotic beauty! What better place to start the travelogue than the bountiful enigma of Europe and within Europe, the capital of
With my traveling head firmly on,Scouting the capital of
Well, I am not as lavishly spoilt, as I am overindulged, thanks to my patrons, so having checked in at the Ritz Carlton, I was all charged up to party, explore the city and paint the town red! No amount of jet lag could bind me to my comfortable king-sized double bed.
My first destination was a lavish reception party thrown at the Charlottenburg palace, in
I will not be delving into the details of the conference or my public musical performances and simply stick to the travel part ,so you don’t have to question the nature of my expedition.
The next day was time for exploring the city, that was once
The caravan of 5 cars set out on a guided tour, unfolding each building enroute.
They say when you are in love with a city you flirt with everything that comes your way, the buildings, the cars, the bystander, and everything flirts right back at you!
Our archaic, old fashioned cars drew enough attention, as mirth amongst the onlookers was audible. We became specimens to be clicked by spectators, than the other way around.
As the caravan proceeded, we passed by several important buildings, the main being, the theatre for cabaret reviews, now that sounded very interesting, [should go and shake a booty there!!!!], then came the remnants of the Berlin wall laid in a line of bricks, on the sidewalk for 40 kilometers around the city, the river Spree, the Cathedral, the Cemetery for the Jews that had died, the Central Railway Station of Berlin which can hold over a million people at a time. Now that makes me wonder, where so many travelers would be headed, all at once? As each building whisked past, I went through a plethora of emotions, from awe to romance, pity and finally, remorse. Thousands of questions acrobating inside my brain, so much trauma this city had been through, and here I was as if living its past all over again!
The evening witnessed an open air performance on the stairway of
Day three was an exotic date with a handsome German counsel friend, Alfred, from a firm I do business with. The gentleman had planned an elaborate cruise down the river
It made me do some mental gymnastics, although the wine kept fogging the mind, and the breathtaking scenes distracted me constantly, I wondered why do women keep investing in dates the way men keep investing in stock market? My question, as always came to a dead end, with no answers!
But it was a sumptuous tour of the historical centre of the federal capital, on the trail of scenes of World War II, past arches of the city rail road, the old port,
Having heard of breakfast at tiffanies, it was weird sitting and devouring breakfast right at the top of legislation!!! Yes our finale day break meal was on top of German parliament, Reichstag building, and what a meal it was, with a panoramic view of the whole city. Reichstag dome is the iconic large glass dome at the top of the building. The dome has a 360 degree view of the surrounding
The last night was a riotous carnival theme, a fun fair which is there all year round at Kulturbrauerei, in the outskirts of
The three hundred square yard area was splattered with cuisines from all across the globe, games, the derby, which I shamelessly lost, balloon popping, pose for the camera, and gingerbread cakes as take away, dominos, and gifts galore!
Someone once addressed me as an interesting mix of facts and fantasy, and I guess the child within me enjoyed even the last evening to the hilt! Isn’t that’s what life all about??