For most Berliners it was just another Saturday night, but not for us. For me, it was the night I got to try out Madame Claude and for the boy, the night he was reunited with Burgermeister! Hopping off the s-bahn at Friedrichshain’s Warschauer Strasse, we’d found our apartment within minutes. Bags dropped off, a quick change and we were headed to a former brothel with plans to visit a former public toilet for a burger later.
Madame Claude, an upside down bar located in the district of Kreuzberg, offered us a unique experience…to say the least. Nursing an Augustiner Helles, we stood in the crowded basement bar observing the empty chairs and tables above our heads whilst underneath us, a Canadian shoe-gazer band sang with melancholy in a pitch black room. As a Berlin regular, the boy took us to Wendels (yes, I sang the song! Mr Wendal) to sample another brew. A delightful herb beer. Support your DJ! No entry fee, but a donation for the records being spun.
An evening of travelling, added to a beer or two in Kreuzberg could only mean one thing, Burgermeister. Once a public toilet, this take away invites you to take a number whilst you wait. Mouth wateringly juicy, the boy wolfed a burger before we stumbled back to the u-bahn giddy to be back in our city.
The next day, the boy had us up early with a treat in mind. A morning of thrifting on Boxenhager Platz. The weather was fine, the sun bright and the market packed with furniture, cameras, vinyls, vintage clothing and hidden gems. Ah, the furniture. In Berlin, it seems they have tightly held on to their furniture over the years. There was so much that caught my eye and pulled at my heart strings, I could have furnished my entire house. However, with hand luggage as a restriction it was destined never to be. No purchases were made, but many wish lists were formed.
Next stop? Aunt Benny for a late morning brunch of peanut butter bagel and a latte to set us up for a day of exploring. Delicious! Our next stop? Spreepark. An abandoned East German amusement park on the edge of Treptower. A perfect opportunity to try out my new Diana F+ camera!
To be continued…