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Surie Nov 20th, 2007 06:14 AM

Berlin Trip Report 11/07
This is my first attempt at a report, so please bear with me! My daughter moved to Berlin in September. She had spent the summer she graduated from college there and then taught English in Austria for a year, and couldn't wait to move back to Berlin. A good friend of mine had gone with me on the spur of the moment to visit her in Linz and Vienna last fall and that trip was so much fun that we wanted to do it again.

We flew nonstop from Newark on Continental which I've done before and it had been fine. This time the plane was packed and it was a tight squeeze in coach. Even my Ambien didn't help too much.

We arrived on time, got through Tegel airport quickly and got a taxi to our hotel. (about 20E) We stayed in Prenzlauerberg at the Myer's Hotel which my daughter had found for us because it was a short walk from her apartment. It's a small hotel set back from the street through a courtyard and we liked it immediately. My daughter arrived just as we did, and my friend's room was ready so we all checked it out and then headed off to see the neighborhood.

My daughter took us to Anna Blumen, a cafe with maybe a flower shop attached-- I can't remember now, but it was very nice! She parked us there for coffee while she went to meet someone. When she got back, we walked around and stopped for lunch at Pasternak, another great little restaurant with a Russian influence. The food was good and we each had a glass of grauer burgunder from the Pfalz region which was lovely.

We saw my daughter's apartment, a hefty walk up after all our eating and jetlag, and loved the potential. There is so much great space in Berlin apartments! She has a huge room that was pretty empty so she was very happy to have me there thinking of fixing it up!

She went off to do something and my friend and I headed back to the hotel. We saw a wine store that looked appealing, Weinladen Schmidt, I think, and went in to get some more Grauer Burgunder. The proprietor was very nice and explained that this wine is Germany's version of Italy's pinot grigio-- same grape! Anyway, we liked it and got a couple of bottles to take back to the hotel. He also had some interesting seasonings, etc.

We thought we would have dinner at a cheap & cheerful in the neighborhood and my daughter had thought Mao Thai would be fun, but my friend admitted she doesn't like thai food. We found a little French place called Poulette nearby. We went in for a glass of wine and a starter while we regrouped, but the atmosphere was so nice that we ended up staying and having more wine and small plates. It was great, very cozy and relaxed but not really a casual place. The waitress brought us an amuse-bouche even before she knew we were going to stay for dinner. I love the pride and concern for their patrons that we found everywhere in Berlin.

I'm dragging this out too long, I know, so I'll wrap up today by saying we were in bed by 10pm and asleep almost instantly. My daughter was extremely happy to move into my room and enjoy hotel living!

All for now!

caroline_edinburgh Nov 20th, 2007 07:07 AM

Enjoying your report so far, Surie - please keep it up ! I love Berlin and am always keen to hear about new (to me) aspects of it.

Surie Nov 20th, 2007 01:59 PM

Caroline, thanks for your kind response. I had enjoyed your trip report in the past and just re-read it-- it's great and I wish I had read it right before we left! I loved the Nikolaiviertel part of town too, and knew my friend would like it but somehow we never got there-- there is always so much to do in Berlin.

I will get back to my report later-- I have to say that seeing yours again is rather intimidating!!

skatedancer Nov 20th, 2007 04:43 PM

We loved Prenzlaurberg. I'm sure it was a great area to stay in.

Surie Nov 20th, 2007 06:45 PM

Prenzlauerberg is a really nice area. The part I had seen on my last visit was more commercial and trendy, but the area around Kollwitz Platz is beautiful and leafy with lovely buildings.

We had a delicious breakfast the next morning at the hotel. Those German breakfasts are the best! We must have walked around although I don't remember, but we went to the Cafe am Literatur for lunch. It's a lovely restaurant in a beautiful old building on a pretty street in Charlottenburg. It's interesting because the rooms are gracious with high ceilings, moldings, etc but the art and the light fixtures are very modern. I think it's a gem!

My daughter went off with instructions to meet up at KaDeWe later in the afternoon. We shopped and walked around. We found a new (to us) store called COS with great-looking but very affordably priced clothes. My daughter thinks it might be a relative of H&M. That was a chain store but the great thing about Berlin is all the little independent designers who are able to have their own places. We were looking forward to seeing those.

It was interesting to see KaDeWe as I've heard so much about it. It has a lot of great things but with the dollar being so pitiful, we weren't tempted to buy. I did get a couple of pillow shams for my daughter. The food hall was great and vast so we wandered around there for awhile.

We had a dinner reservation at Altes Zollhaus, a restaurant in an old customs house on the Landwehr canal. I had had dinner there once before in the summer and sat outside which was great. This time we were in the dining room and it was wonderful. Everything was fabulous; this was our splurge meal-- they had a 4 course dinner with wines for 44E/per person. The service was friendly and professional and the ambiance was relaxed even though a little formal. We loved everything and had a fun evening.

We took a taxi home and had a glass of wine downstairs in the hotel. The person at the front desk doubled as the bartender and often it was a delightful young man named Knut. He was a stitch and was very entertaining. I haven't mentioned the weather but it wasn't ideal-- very cold and rainy, so it was nice to come back to the hotel and feel at home.

sandy_b Nov 21st, 2007 07:19 AM

We're planning a trip to Berlin in March so this is very timely . . . enjoying your report, thanks for posting it.

I'm making notes so please don't leave out any detail!

Sandy (in Denton)

Surie Nov 30th, 2007 07:12 AM

Sandy-- I am not good on details or directions-- I have absolutely no sense of direction, but I'm trying! (Are you from Denton, Maryland by any chance??)

The next morning we felt we needed to get busy as tourists, so we bought tickets for a city bus tour from the hotel. We walked to Alexanderplatz and hopped on the bus there. We sat up top and it gave us a good overview. We got off at the Schloss Charlottenburg and took a tour with headphones.

sandy_b Nov 30th, 2007 09:05 AM

Hi Surie,

No, not Denton, MD but Denton, TX . . . it's about 30 miles north of both Dallas and Ft. Worth, we form a triangle, thus our old slogan, "top of the golden triangle."

Sandy (in Denton)

DAX Nov 30th, 2007 07:36 PM

What a wonderful report! It makes me want to go back to Berlin again. We actually passed by Poulette after we ate at a cafe in Kollwitz Platz. Enjoyed reading about how you discovered Grauburgunder too.

How fun/good was the russian restaurant? I'd like to try it next time as there is a big russian community in Berlin. I've read a couple of books from Vladimir Kaminer, a russian author who has a humorous knack at describing life in Berlin from a russian immigrant's point of view.

altamiro Dec 1st, 2007 05:20 AM

>I've read a couple of books from Vladimir Kaminer, a russian author who has a humorous knack at describing life in Berlin from a russian immigrant's point of view

Kaminer is one of the most read modern authors in today's Germany...

marginal_margiela Dec 1st, 2007 09:50 AM

I will be in Berlin on Dec. 20-27. Where can I purchase a watercolor or pencil drawing of the Brandenburg Tor??? I am not looking for something huge--the kind of thing lower-middle class people hang over their living room couch--but something small and intimate.

Thank you for your concern.


DAX Dec 2nd, 2007 08:36 AM

Altamiro: I'm not surprised to hear that, his subtle humor make his books fun to read. His audio book however is something else; I didn't anticipate his heavy russian accent which I found too annoying to be enjoyable. Can you recommend other german authors who write with similar wit?

DAX Dec 2nd, 2007 09:04 AM

<<I am not looking for something huge--the kind of thing lower-middle class people hang over their living room couch--but something small and intimate.>>

Are you looking for original aquarelle/sketch or a tourist watercolor reprint?

Since you seem to work in the fashion industry, you may be interested in this museum event that my wife wanted to see but couldn't due to bad timing:

annhig Dec 2nd, 2007 09:18 AM

Hi, Surie,

thanks for posting. we too loved Berlin for the 4 nights we were there, and I'd love to go back.

keep it coming

regards, ann

marginal_margiela Dec 2nd, 2007 12:45 PM

I'd like an original work, please.

I don't work in the fashion biz anymore; I used to work for Todd Oldham. But, I now work for America's oldest auction house in Philadelphia.

Zeus Dec 2nd, 2007 01:33 PM

Speaking of Denton, TX, is it still true that the most beautiful women in the U.S. come from there? I remember reading that many Miss America and Miss Universe candidates hailed from Denton. I think Phyllis George was one of them(?)

Surie Dec 2nd, 2007 02:20 PM

I thought I posted another segment, but it seems to have disappeared. Oh well.. Thank you for your nice comments. I was afraid my report was too boring and frivolous.

DAX, we loved Pasternak. It was small and felt like a cafe. The food was good, but I did not have anything that was specifically Russian. We literally enjoyed every meal in Berlin-- most of the places were small and not expensive, but everything was fresh and delicious.

I would like to find something by Vladimir Kaminer-- I am not familiar with his work.

Thin, it should be pretty easy to find a nice picture of the Brandenburg Tor with all the artists in Berlin. I know I passed a couple of places in the Mitte/ Gendarmenmarkt area that would be possibilities for you.

Speaking of the Gate, there is a wonderful restaurant called Theodor Tucher that is right there. We had a family reunion dinner there last fall and I wanted to go back, and then forgot about it this time. It is a cool space-- a mix of modern with warm book-lined walls. It seemed to be a spot for locals. Does anyone know it?

Surie Dec 2nd, 2007 02:32 PM

DAX, also want to say thanks for the museum exhibit you mentioned. I would have liked that, especially for the historical photographs. I'm reading "The Good German" by Joseph Kanon, set in Berlin immediately after the war when the city was divided into sectors. His descriptions are so detailed and feel so real. It's incredible how much has changed and is still changing.

sandy_b Dec 2nd, 2007 05:15 PM

Zeus . . . Denton has had two Miss Americas (Phyllis George and Shirley Cothern) and many lesser-known winners (Miss Cotton, Miss Wool, various runners-up) . . . we have two renown universities in our modest town and draw talent (and beauty) from all over the world.

OK . . . enough bragging . . . Surie, am loving all your comments, please post more. I'm taking notes!

Sandy (in Denton)

DAX Dec 2nd, 2007 09:40 PM

Surie: Kaminer is a russian jewish immigrant who seems to have become the most popular young german author (37 year old). He writes with such a witty sense of humor, however his books have not yet been translated into English yet. Here's a website about all his books:
In an imperfect English translation:

marginal: Here's one aquarelle of the Brandenburg gate in a gallery: www.uschilange/de/galerie/Berlin.html
I personally haven't seen that many original aquarelle of the gate.

DAX Dec 2nd, 2007 09:43 PM

Surie: Kaminer is a russian jewish immigrant who seems to have become the most popular young german author (37 year old). He writes with such a witty sense of humor, however his books have not yet been translated into English yet. Here's a website about all his books:
In an imperfect English translation:

Here's one aquarelle of the Brandenburg gate in a gallery: www.uschilange/de/galerie/Berlin.html
I personally haven't seen that many original aquarelle of the gate.

noe847 Dec 3rd, 2007 01:13 PM

Surie, I'm enjoying your report! Berlin is one of our favorite cities - I visited twice in 2007 and may return in March 2008. (I've still got a trip report of my own to post from our September trip.)

Is your daughter teaching English in Berlin? We have a few similarities - my youngest daughter is a German major and hopes to spend a semester abroad in Vienna next year (she's visited there twice). My daughter also wants to live in Berlin at some point when she graduates.

I'm looking forward to reading more of your report - how long was your visit?

Surie Dec 3rd, 2007 05:40 PM

noe-- I read your report and wondered if your daughter wanted to go back-- I remembered that she spoke German!

My daughter spent her spring semester of jr. year in Vienna and loved it. Her program was through Central College in Iowa, and it was excellent. They offered a 1 or 2 month language immersion option before the Vienna semester started in March, so she lived at a Goethe Institute in Prien, Germany for 2 months, met a lot of people from all over the world that she is still friends with-- in addition to improving her German a lot. It was a really good experience.

Surie Dec 3rd, 2007 05:52 PM

noe-- I hope you'll post your latest report soon!!

My daughter got a teaching assistantship in Austria last year, teaching high school students. She plans to teach some "business English" to make money since she has an unpaid internship right now. She's also babysitting and has gotten a couple of fun freelance writing jobs about shopping (!) through a very nice alum of her school. The great thing about living there is that she can support herself in a meager way! It seems a lot easier to live simply there.

Surie Dec 3rd, 2007 05:56 PM

Sandy-- Denton sounds great!

DAX-- Kaminer's books look like fun; too bad they haven't been translated into English. Do you live in Germany?

DAX Dec 3rd, 2007 10:41 PM

Surie: Thanks for your tip on Theodor Tucher, I'm going to try the food there the next time I get to Berlin. It must be good because the previous foodie german chancellor Schroeder took GW Bush to that restaurant. If you like Tucher then you should someday try Gugelhof in Kollwitzplatz where Schroeder took Clinton. The food is very good and reasonably priced.

To answer your question, I've never lived in Germany but I do go there often.

Surie Dec 4th, 2007 04:50 PM

DAX-- it's funny you should suggest Gugelhof, because we did have dinner there the third night, and it's this part of the report that I lost. I can see it on the left when I'm writing this but I don't know how to move it over.

I don't want to write the whole thing again since I may be able to get it back, but I didn't love Gugelhof as much as I thought I would. The food was great, our waiter was cute, and we had fun but the whole place was really smoky. Also we had been tearing around before we got there, so I'm sure that didn't help. I would definitely go back-- actually I think restaurants are supposed to be smoke-free after Jan. 1, aren't they? I hope so!

DAX Dec 4th, 2007 09:41 PM

Surie, just copy & paste it from the left into the reply box. The same thing has happened to my posting in the past as well. Now, I'm looking forward to the last part of your report.

Surie Dec 7th, 2007 02:17 PM

DAX-- thanks, but I can't seem to do it. I'm driving myself crazy!

Back to Berlin...

I will re-cap the third day by saying we enjoyed our tour of the palace, returned to the bus and continued that tour, hopped off at Gendarmenmarkt and met my daughter for lunch at Lutter und Wegner which we liked a lot. Great atmosphere and food, fun people-watching too.

We had 3 courses for 15E, all delicious. We were amazed at how reasonable that was!

We walked around the area, went to Galeries Lafayette, and a couple of stores my daughter suggested-- Strange Fruit and wunderkind-- that were interesting to see. Then we took a taxi to IKEA and got stuff for my daughter's apartment-- that was a blast.

We rushed back to meet a couple of her friends at Gugelhof, which as I said was fun but so smoky that it detracted from my experience.

DAX Dec 7th, 2007 03:59 PM

Surie, you went to the best Lutter & Wegner branch in Berlin (IMHO) and 15 EUR for a 3 course lunch is a nice bargain. We've only been there for afternoon wine breaks or dinner. It's too bad that Gugelhof was smoky when you were there, I suppose that's just a matter of luck. Thanks for finishing your report.

Surie Dec 8th, 2007 07:41 AM

I know it was bad luck with the smokiness that evening, and I'll definitely try it again.

I was in Berlin for a week so I'll try to get through it more quickly now!

We had a leisurely breakfast which was encouraged by the cold, foggy, rainy weather we could see above the trees from the dining room.

This day is a blur in my memory, because we mostly walked around looking in little stores. If you don't like to shop, you would hate this trip! I love finding neat little stores that are unusual, and Berlin has lots of them. Designers are able to band together in small groups or on their own and have a small place with an office/workspace in the back. It's fun to find something that is different and unique to a certain city.

The shops are all pretty much white painted rooms with racks of clothes and maybe a table or two. It seems refreshingly low-key and cool. If the designer is there, it's fun to be able to talk to them and interesting to hear about their work, life there, etc.

We changed at the hotel and my friend wanted to have a drink at the Bebel Bar in the Hotel de Rome, which is a glamorous hotel in the old Dresdner Bank building. It was fun to see it although I like staying at smaller, more homey places-- not just because of the price differences! This hotel I later found out actually has some history. The original was bombed out in the war but they recently returned to Berlin and re-opened. The bar is cool and it was fun to people-watch.

Then we went on to dinner to my favorite restaurant in Berlin, e.t.a. hoffmann, in Kreuzberg. The other 2 times I've been to Berlin, we had stayed at the Riehmers Hofgarten which is a wonderful hotel backing onto a beautiful, quiet old courtyard. The hotel's breakfast was served in the restaurant's dining room which during the day looked very plain and simple. At night, the yellow walls glow and it has a warm and welcoming feeling.

The food is excellent and they have 3 course specials for about 30E. They have a good wine list too. We met up with friends from home who have been so kind to my daughter and I wanted to thank them. We had a fun dinner, and for my daughter and me being there has happy associations.

Surie Dec 8th, 2007 08:03 AM

We had a drink at the bar at Cafe Centrale, a little Italian place with good food, next to the hotel and then headed back to Prenzlauerberg.

The next day we trudged to my daughter's apartment and had a whirlwind makeover! It was really fun and totally transformed what had been a rather bleak room.

We did more poking around and ended up at a great little cafe for lunch-- the Kost Bar, just down the street from Pasternak. We had delicious pumpkin soup which was a staple in early November and I love it. As we were thinking about moving on, we saw that it was no longer just raining, it was sleeting and as we sat there, hail was bouncing off the ground and then it started snowing! It was so cozy inside that we settled in and forced ourselves to have wine and cake. The weather was amazing and everyone was laughing, all very unexpectedly festive.

We walked some more and ended up at the tail end of the farmers' market held every Thursday and Saturday in Kollwitzplatz. It closes at 4 on Saturdays and it was already dark by then. We stopped at wonderful cheese stalls, sausage stalls, etc. My friend is an incredible cook and loves to entertain, and she gave my daughter great tips on things to pick up for a party. We loved looking in little flower shops too; there would be a tiny space full of charm and great style.

Surie Dec 8th, 2007 11:42 AM

Two different stores we liked were Claudia Skoda for beautiful and unusual knitted clothing, and Andreas Murkudis who carries his brother's line and a few others. His space is at the back of a courtyard and is very cool. Both stores have things for men and women.

We were meeting relatives of my husband for dinner and we were looking forward to seeing them. They are younger than I and the wife had been travelling a lot during the previous week for business and was in Berlin for a week-long seminar. Her husband picked her up at the airport and they wanted to meet us at 8:30 for dinner. My daughter thought they might enjoy the "weinerei", a restaurant that sounded so cool and very Berlinish to me. The concept is that when you arrive you pay one euro for a wineglass and can fill your glass at the counter from a choice of several reds or whites, have dinner, etc and then pay what you think you owe at the end-- there is a suggested amount understood-- and obviously it wouldn't be cool to skimp.

My daughter started worrying the day before if it was the best place for the dinner but I thought it sounded great. She hadn't been to this one before, so it was new to all of us. She had made a reservation and because it has no sign out front, told our relatives where to look for it and that we would be watching for them. We arrived at about 8:25 and found that it was not the chill place I had been expecting-- it was a Saturday night and the little room was jam-packed. The staff seemed harried, people were waiting for tables and after our relatives arrived, the wife looking jet-lagged but trying to be chipper, we quickly decided to try something else. The minute we got up a group grabbed our table so we rushed out.

There was a perfectly nice Indian restaurant right nearby so we went there in desperation. It was a good choice; it was calm, we had a good dinner and although it wasn't fabulous, we had a great time. Our relatives were sweet to want to get together and it was great to see them.

In the week we were there, that dinner was the only close call to a misstep that we had. We were so glad we had left the weinerei; it is probably fun on a weeknight, but avoid a busy Saturday. Every other meal we had was so good and had a pleasant atmosphere.

Surie Dec 9th, 2007 08:18 AM

Sunday morning and another great breakfast at the hotel! My daughter was babysitting and my friend and I had planned to see the 2 museums across from the Schloss.

We went to the Brohan first because it was smaller; it has collections of art deco and art nouveau as well as a nice Lalique exhibit that happened to be there then. I was more interested in the Berggruen Museum which is next to the Brohan. It has a lot of Picasso and Klee, as well as a little bit of Matisse and Giacometti. It's a nice collection although I had hoped for more Matisses.

We headed to Kreuzberg to meet up with my daughter. When she had lived there the summer before last, she had an apartment on Fidicinstrasse, a nice street a few blocks from Bergmanstrasse. We had found Cafe Primel, owned by a lovely older man who made delicious cakes and also spoke good English. It was a tiny place that typified what I love about the lifestyle in Europe-- he is able to do what he loves, does it well and can support himself in a comfortable way. I am probably romanticizing it but it is very appealing. The owner was always so nice to me and my daughter, and she had seen him when she moved back since she babysits for a family in the neighborhood.

We met at Cafe Primel for lunch, and then the woman she babysits for came to have coffee and cake with us. It was fun to meet her and her little boy; my daughter has loved knowing their family, and they have been great to her.

It was a dreary gray day (again!) and raining and snowing, so it wasn't so pleasant to walk around Bergmanstrasse. The area between it and Fidicinstrasse has lovely old buildings that escaped the bombing and in good weather is really nice. It's mostly residential with little restaurants and bars occasionally interspersed. Bergmanstrasse is a busy street with a nice feeling-- lots of restaurants and stores, and a lot of life on the sidewalk. There is a big Turkish population here and it gives the neighborhood some diversity. The vibe is hip but not as young as in Prenzlauerberg, and it seems more low-key. I love it and I missed spending more time there on this trip.

DAX Dec 9th, 2007 08:43 AM

Super report! Glad you wrote about Bergmanstr. We wandered through there last April but found nothing interesting from the Suedstern church walking west all the way to the Markthalle where we gave up and walked back to the Suedstern U bahn. It was so boring that my kids considered walking through the graveyard to make it interesting. Now that I am looking at the map, I bet you're going to tell me that the better part is between the 3 blocks between Markthalle and Mehringdamm. LOL!

NanBug Dec 9th, 2007 08:49 AM

Thanks, Surie, for posting this.

I'm enjoying reading about all of the local cafes and shops in Prenzlauer Berg, since we're headed there this January.

marginal_margiela Dec 9th, 2007 02:01 PM

Ask your daughter if she knows anything about the bar called White Trash in PB.


Surie Dec 9th, 2007 06:25 PM

Yes, DAX, the first 3 blocks are great! -- although I haven't been as far as the suedstern stop. There is a fun little restaurant, Austria, that is on Bergmanstr. in that direction. Also there is a covered market I've been to-- is that the Markthalle you mention? I don't remember it being so far though. Next time you are there, spend some time at the Mehringdamm end. I have to say though that I don't know eastern Kreuzberg at all.

Nan-- have fun and please write about it!

Thin-- I've read about WTFF but I'll ask my daughter what she knows.

Surie Dec 10th, 2007 07:30 AM

For dinner we wanted to go to Storch at Wartburgstrasse 54 in Schoneberg. We took a taxi and my daughter remembered the street but not the number, and it turned out to be a long street. We were embarrassed as we kept driving along and not finding it, and the driver was so nice and I guess also embarrassed that he didn't know exactly where it was that he turned off the meter! It looked like a lovely residential street and it would have been great just to walk it, looking at the lighted windows, which I love to do.

We finally found it and walking in, something seemed different. It looked brighter somehow although the layout was the same: bar on the left, big tables in the room, etc. We finally realized that it is under new ownership and has a new name too! It is now a double name of a photographer/artist who was related to the new owner and I can't remember that name. I think anyone would still know it as Storch.

The room has been whitewashed and has the photographer's pictures on the walls-- they are lovely black and whites. The lighting seems brighter too, but once we got used to it, we liked it. Otherwise the menu seems the same and I think the chef is the same. It was quiet on that Sunday evening and very pleasant. The food is great, Alsatian. I'm no foodie but it was wonderful. We started with a flammekuchen (sp?) which we shared. It's sort of like a pizza and is delicious.

We had been once before with a big family group and it had a convivial atmosphere and more of a crowded jolly feeling. It definitely seemed artier now, but the food was just as good. There was a group of friends who may have been from the neightborhood with a toddler who was ready for bed so it still has a casual feeling. We loved it.

Monday we did our usual thing of walking around. We had lunch at Monsieur Vuong which is fun, very popular and crowded. The decor is striking and surprising in Berlin-- very colorful in reds and oranges. I had the glass noodle salad which was great and I read somewhere later that it's the thing most people order. It's perfect for a quick and inexpensive meal.

We ended up in a really pretty part of Mitte and found a great clothing store. The name is GB which are the owner/designer's initials, and he was adorable. My friend said she was so happy to see colors, something that wasn't gray or black! The clothes aren't hip/minimal but interesting and well made. We enjoyed talking to Guido the designer, who was from east Berlin.

My daughter had wanted to take us to Friedrichshain but we ran out of time unfortunately. We wanted to go back to Bergmanstrasse in Kreuzberg to get some stuff for her apartment. There are some cool stores, one in particular in a courtyard, with nice textiles to mix with the IKEA stuff. The Turkish influence is fun and made her apartment more interesting. If we had the time to roam further, I know there are a lot of bargains to be found, but I wanted to just get it done. I felt so much better leaving her with a cheerful, warm environment!

For dinner our last night, we decided on Zoe which is a neat restaurant we'd never been to or even heard of before. Everything is white and cool, but friendly service, great food and reasonable prices. A friend of my daughter came to meet us near the end, but my friend and I were finally fading and had to leave them with a bottle of wine and head back to the hotel to pack. They weren't too sad.

Of course, as we were leaving for the airport the next morning, the sun was shining brightly! Everything looked so much nicer!! We had a fabulous time and I am looking forward to my next visit. There is always something new happening as well as a lot of things still to see. It was fun going with a friend who likes to eat and shop as much as I do-- my husband prefers more of a schedule (with little/no shopping) and this was very relaxing!

Surie Dec 10th, 2007 09:47 AM

Thin-- about White Trash Fast Food-- my daughter hasn't been yet. She's heard the burgers are great and it's not as cool as it was since it moved.
But it's still too cool for me!

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