There is not one word which encompasses Berlin. Historic, hip, hedonistic--the city is all this and much more.
But for years its 170 museums, experimental architecture, and the views from the revolving restaurant on top of the Ferhstehturm--the 400-meter high totem pole that beams the TV world to Berliners--have all been dominated by a skyline of cranes as the city became the largest building site in Europe.
Now the construction crews have all but gone. The gigantic face lift for the city is over. Berlin has reinvented and revitalised itself.
It is not only what it once was in those giddy days Cabaret created--the born-again capital of the Bundesrepublik is even better.
Monday, March 27, 2006
What's the best gift to a partner when celebrating an important event in your life? They always say that diamonds are a girl's best friend. But what about a trip to Austria? Is there a more romantic location than beautiful Salzburg to celebrate a wedding anniversary? Especially when it was also Mozart's 250th birthday and Salzburg is full of music. Luckily my bride of many years agreed that Austria beat out diamonds by a mile.