Saturday, April 2, 2011

B is for Berlin

For nearly five years, I have made my home in Berlin. It's a vibrant city and I love it here. A few of my favorite things:

The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)


The Berliner Dom


Buddy Bears


The Berlinale

There are lots of others, but they don't all start with B.

What do you like best about your city?

(Yesterday's Fact or Fiction? Fact. I think. I heard the account from a trusted source, but when I did some research to add some realism, I couldn't find anything about alligators caching.)


  1. Hello again, didn't know we were (almost) neighbours :-)
    (I'm in B-elgium and I lived in B-avaria for a while)

    B-erlin's a b-rilliant city!

  2. I love Germany, very envious as many of my friends live there. Though I live in a small medieval market town in England surrounded by countryside, vastly different but love it.

  3. Thanks for sharing the magnificent photos! My city? I live far from any madding crowd in a bee loud glade!

  4. What I love best about my town, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is the rolling farmland, living in the valley, being close to the mountains and lakes, and being close to great places to visit (like Gettysburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., etc.)

  5. I found through your comment on another A to Z blogger's post. Your header is breathtaking, and your pictures of Berlin are magnificent. What great experiences you must be having!

    And I love meeting middle grade authors; this is one of my favorite genres, next to memoir.
    Ann Carbine Best, In the Mirror, A Memoir

  6. What beautiful buildings!

    I guess the thing I like best about the city I live in is the variety of food we get to eat - any time of the day (or night)!

  7. What a beautiful place. Makes me want to travel. :) Thanks for sharing.

  8. K.C.: I would love to visit both Belgium and Bulgaria!

    Carole: Germany's great, but so is England. Small, medieval sounds incredibly charming!

    Clara: sounds delightful. Berlin's a vibrant city, but I could use a bit more country in my life.

    Dawn: It sounds perfect!

    Ann: Thank you! My husband took the photo in the banner, but I was too lazy to sort through our image files for this post; they're all from open source stuff.

    Grandpa: I think your location sounds idyllic.

    Regina: Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Alison,

    Been a looong time since I've been to Berlin. Somewhere, I've a very nice shot of the Brandenburg Gate, taken over the shoulder of an artist sketching it. Both gate and sketch are in the photo. Love that shot.

    Have you read Gerald Durrell? One of my favorite writers of all time. A gifted naturalist and story teller. You might try The Whispering Land.

    I look forward to reading your C - Z!

    Dead Reckoning

  10. Hi Joe, I haven't read Gerald Durrell, but I'll have to do so! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  11. You are so lucky to live in BERLIN! It's one of my fav cites.

    I like in Chicago. One feature truly gorgeous is the lakefront. For four months... maybe... if you're lucky the lakefront comes alive. Flowers explode in the adjacent park and on a clear day it's truly breathtaking. Another feature is the skyline. ESPECIALLY along the lakefront...

    I also the the many decades of architecture, some as far as pre civil war. And there are examples of every era in between then and now. So it's fascinating.

  12. what beautiful pictures. I really LOVE your header, its Breathtaking

    stopping in from the A to Z to say hello

  13. Such beautiful pics!
    Just stopped by from the A-Z Challenge!!

  14. Lansdale seems to be a place that ethnic restaurants want to be, I dig that. A-Z!

  15. Wonderful pictures. I was in Berlin (actually West Berlin) in the late 1960's. Forgot how beautiful it is.

  16. I grew up just north of Berlin. Unfortunately, it was Berlin, CT, so all I got to see was a turnpike filled with an ungodly number of Dunkin Donuts franchises and motels that rented rooms by the hour.

    I think it goes without saying, but even though I've never made it to Germany, I like your Berlin better.

  17. Oh, I love the Brandenburg Tor also. Will be in Berlin in about two weeks. Can't wait! Do you have a writing support group there?

    Fun finding your blog.

  18. Visiting your blog from Baltimore. Lovely photos of a place I'd like to visit Before I Bite the dust. Best things about Baltimore? Blue crabs from the Bay--Chesapeake Bay, that is.

  19. Hi Alison. Well as you know I love to travel. On my last 'world tour' I went to Germany (the Romantic Road, Bavaria, and West Germany, but never got to Berlin as much as I wanted to. Wanted to see that tropical beach in a bubble or whatever it is (I was pretty cold at the time!)
    Thanks for sharing Berlin with me. Hope I get there one day!


    See you MOnday with C is for ...? Bet you'll never guess...

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  20. I'd love to visit Germany and am determined to go next year when my novel in published there!

    Although I live not too far from London, I have to confess I'm not a city girl and much prefer the countryside :o)

  21. That Berliner Dome is stunning! wow.

    Back in 2004 I visited Berlin very briefly, but my uncle lives in Goslar so I headed off there pretty quickly. :D

    As for my city - i love its waterfronts (we've got a large river and also the ocean - and the laidback nature of the place.

  22. Michael: I love it, too! It's a fabulous city.

    baygirl: thanks!

    Giggle: thanks!

    Stratoz: ethnic restaurants sound marvelous to me, too!

    Better is possible: I live in the former West Berlin, and it is beautiful.

    Nate: I think I like my Berlin better, too. ;)

    Joyce: I hope you love it as much as I do. Yes, I have some writer friends in Berlin, and I'm part of SCBWI Germany/Austria, too.

    Zoanna: Blue crabs, mmmmm. yum.

    Denise: You've got to visit. It's an amazing city!

    Karen: Congratulations on your novel coming out here next year! I actually prefer the countryside, too.

    Trisha: Germany isn't terribly laid back, your city sounds lovely!!

  23. Prospects with a pretty nice frames. Greetings.

  24. I would love to visit Berlin someday, I think it's beautiful. So much history!

    Thanks for stopping by and following. Now, following you back :)

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  25. Always wanted to visit Germany. My ancestry.

    Like about my city???
    I live in Montana... Bears, Brandy and Bullriding... ha
    Wanna buy a duck

  26. Beautiful pictures. I've always wanted to go to Europe. What do I like best about my city?
    I live in Houston
    The Rodeo
    The wide variety of food and NOT the traffic. :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  27. I'd love to visit Germany. . .my mother's grandparents were German immigrants to the US.

    I live in Atlanta, GA. Sticking just to the city (I really love all of GA) I love Stone Mountain, the Braves, springtime in Atlanta, and the Fox Theater.

    Nice A to Z posting! Thanks for finding me...I'm following you right back!

  28. Hi, Alison! How amazing to live in Berlin! I've never been outside the U.S. unless you count the border towns of Mexico. I'm following you on the challenge. Looking forward to your next post.

  29. Simply Beautiful! Thank you Alison for stopping by my site! I'm in San Diego, CA & I think the best part that I like about my town is the beautiful coastal beaches! It's the place I want to be this summer! :-D Happy Bloggin!

  30. I found your blog because of the A-Z Challenge; first I thought you were talking about Berlin , than I realized you were talking about Berlin, GERMANY! We visited Berlin last year for a week - it was wonderful. "Home" to me is small city in the south of Germany, near Stuttgart. Will come back and check out what you're up to ;-))