It was our last day of this long trip to Berlin via Venice and Indian summer ruled outside. Over 20 degrees already at 10.30 when we left our hotel for our first destination, the "Museum for Gegenwart" in the old railway station connecting Berlin with Hamburg. Looking from the outside we could not really imagine what waited us inside this classic German architectural style building from the 19th century.
Both the quality of the art on display and the interior design of the buildings astonished us. I think the selection of photographs we shot this morning tells you more than a thousand words. It was by far the most beautiful museum of contemporary art that I have visited. An most of the visitors were in their late teens. Encouraging!
We could have spent all day in this museum but had a second stop on our agenda, the Bauhaus Museum and Archive, so we continued on our bikes via the House of World Cultures and the Chancellery both impressively modern in style.
We passed the silent Carillon Bell tower on our way through the Tiergarten and admired the autumn colours around us.
We arrived at the Bauhaus Museum only to find it was not open to the public today. Since we had little time available we spent the time there taking some photographs of the buildings designed over 90 years ago. Dad managed to step in a fresh dog turd while looking for the best shooting angles. He said it would give him good luck for the next five years.
We were back to our hotel just before 3 p.m. and just had the time to take some refreshments in the bodega before jumping into a taxi for the airport and our flight back to Geneva. While in the airplane we discussed our thoughts about the two cities we had visited over the past nine days.
I have been to Venice many times and have developed a "modus vivendi" with this marvellous city. It feels a little bit like coming to a second home and this is very comfortable. This time we did not even set foot in the touristy sections of the city, just spending time with what we had come for, the contemporary art event, La Biennale.
Berlin for me was completely different. It was my first visit to this city, which has something for every taste and interest, even the most extreme ones. It must be the world capital of arts of all categories. We were lucky to have nice weather for all five days we spent there which clearly facilitated getting around and, in particular, taking photographs in good conditions. Going around on a bicycle is probably the best way to see the city and smell it's odors, from freshly baked bread to old hospitals. You see people that are invisible in most other cities, probably because of the great tolerance of the Berliners. I doubt there is any other city with as high a density of hipsters and odd bicycles as Berlin. I will definitely come back!!! And so will I, said Dad. Good-bye to all our followers for now, we'll be back soon.