Berlin: Postcard Fun #1

Have been in Berlin for only a few days but already it is feeling like home.  Thought I'd share with you a few postcards to give you a flavour of the city which is a bit like Mexico City (old and gritty), a bit like Montreal (street art and murals) and a bit like Austin (graffiti).  

Hope you enjoy.....

Liking the flowmarkets where locals rent tables at their nearby "platz" aka plaza, park, playground and sell stuff.  It is a bit garage sale, a bit flea market.  Good vibe; this guy is getting right into it. 

Liking the flowmarkets where locals rent tables at their nearby "platz" aka plaza, park, playground and sell stuff.  It is a bit garage sale, a bit flea market.  Good vibe; this guy is getting right into it. 

It is hard to take a photograph and not get some graffiti in it. This cropped stained-glass like image was on the window of a gym at night.

It is hard to take a photograph and not get some graffiti in it. This cropped stained-glass like image was on the window of a gym at night.

Graffiti meets poster art, meets street art on this building.

Graffiti meets poster art, meets street art on this building.

This clever work of art is on the retaining wall of one of the canals. Love the way it uses the reflection in the water to enhance the image.

This clever work of art is on the retaining wall of one of the canals. Love the way it uses the reflection in the water to enhance the image.

I am curious to know why this piece of street art is on this very ordinary apartment block. 

I am curious to know why this piece of street art is on this very ordinary apartment block. 

I am a sucker for a steeple...

I am a sucker for a steeple...

Mom this one is for you....

Mom this one is for you....

A lone balcony with a great view of the street life.

A lone balcony with a great view of the street life.

Berlin's iconic garbage cans with their lovely urban patinas?

Berlin's iconic garbage cans with their lovely urban patinas?

The playgrounds in Berlin are all old school.  Loved this banana slide. So did this Dad....this was his third time going down.

The playgrounds in Berlin are all old school.  Loved this banana slide. So did this Dad....this was his third time going down.

I told you the playgrounds were old school.  These look like huge spinning tops.  

I told you the playgrounds were old school.  These look like huge spinning tops.  

Found an amazing warehouse of vintage industrial artifacts and other fun things like this piece of playground equipment in an old nightclub building.  It was very cool. 

Found an amazing warehouse of vintage industrial artifacts and other fun things like this piece of playground equipment in an old nightclub building.  It was very cool. 

Every picture tells a story....wonder what the story is here...

Every picture tells a story....wonder what the story is here...

Evening reflections....

Evening reflections....

Loved this chair...if it had a cushion I am sure we would have found a way to get it home.

Loved this chair...if it had a cushion I am sure we would have found a way to get it home.

This vintage sofa looks like it has been ravaged by urban wolves.

This vintage sofa looks like it has been ravaged by urban wolves.

Ohmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Ohmmmmmmmmmmmmm