Today, was my art day in Berlin. I’d put the whole day aside to explore the galleries, and to keep my eyes peeled for super samples of graffiti as I pounded the streets.
My favourite art gallery was the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, which was once an old train station. The architecture is simply stunning. I sort of want to live here, just look at all that grey and white, the concrete, the beams, the high ceiling…
These were my favourite pieces at the gallery:
Anselm Kiefer (above)
Andy Warhol (above)
and this installation by Joseph Beuys (above).
Such a treat to visit! There’s also a gorgeous restaurant next door:
It’s half term, so it’s time for an adventure! The puppy is with Granny, so L and I are headed off to Berlin, a city that neither of us has visited before.
First stop, using Google to find the best places to eat. So lucky that we stumbled across this fantastic Italian, Vino & Basilico.
We were fortunate to meet the owner, who looked after us himself for the evening. The menu is small and very select. Everything we tasted was delightful!
Had a delicious pecorino flan, which has inspired me to have a go at making my own when I get home.
This may not look particularly appetising, but it was heavenly plates of scollop risotto and salmon gnudi (like giant gnocchi). We’ve got a few more days, so we may go back…
It’s not often I can go out for a burger without having to ask for it to be served “naked”. However, this weekend, I was introduced to Niche, a restaurant in Angel that caters for coeliacs. Hooray!!!
Not only that, but I got to have a gluten-free beer and a starter of cheesy doughnuts. The latter, served with a tasty pepper relish, were like little balls of cheese heaven…
The menu, below, was simple, but who doesn’t like a good burger‽
The service wasn’t great, but the decor was tasteful and the atmosphere was cosy. Would I go back again? If I was local, yes. If I had to travel, probably not. It’s a good restaurant to know about if you have coeliac friends and relatives in town.
My friend’s lovely husband treated us both to a spa day, here, to give her a relaxing treat before her due date next month. How sweet‽
We had an hour in the spa, indulging in the large jacuzzi pool and sauna (not suitable for pregnant ladies though), then we each had lovely massages. They use Aromathery Associates products here, which I adore.
Not the most amazing spa ever, but pretty good for a pit stop in west London and I certainly felt relaxed after my massage!
I celebrated my birthday with my family this week at a beautiful hotel in Richmond, The Petersham.
This was the stunning view from our table, overlooking the meadows and the river. Thank goodness for the picturesque view, as the small children running up and down and shouting for an hour, at the next table, were a real challenge to our notion of a fancy afternoon tea.
The champagne was lovely and the food, particularly the scones, was yummy! It was a real shame that the restaurant ran out of tea strainers (bizarre!), so we had to share and mix up all our different teas, but we made do!
One week on and I’m still waiting for a reply to my feedback to the hotel. Would I recommend it? For the beautiful view, yes. For the service and overall experience, probably not.