Posts Tagged ‘River Spree’


May 11, 2019

High End Coffee

A few minutes walk along the River Spree from Brandenburg Gate.

Several different guest coffees.

An espresso blend from Bonanza, beans from Brazil and Colombia.

Wonderful aroma from the Bonanza espresso blend. Sufficiently impressed I bought a bag.

Not often a coffee shop excellent food and excellent coffee. Refinery one of those rare exceptions.

My lunch excellent, as was my cookie and cappuccino.

Good selection of magazines on offer, including BRYGG, which I had not seen before.

Interesting conversation with the owner and staff.

Lovely designed coffee shop.

I was recommended visit Ben Rahim, a short ride away on the metro.

Brandenburg Gate

May 11, 2019

Located outside Tiergarten not far from the River Spree the Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II.

At Potsdamer Platz a small section of the Berlin Wall can be found, one small section covered in graffiti, a longer section information on the Berlin Wall.

From Potsdamer Platz entered and walked along the edge of Tiergarten, then headed across the road to Brandenburg Gate.

The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument in Berlin, built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II after the temporary restoration of order during the Batavian Revolution.

The Brandenburg Gate became part of the Berlin Wall, standing as a symbolic gateway between East and West. It was here that President Ronald Reagan stood: Mr Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!

I was not overly impressed. The rain probably did not help.

It would appear to be where demonstrations take place.  One calling for the restoration of the monarchy in Iran, the other Falun Gong opposing repression in China.

I was obliged to take shelter in Starbucks. Used wifi, and no, did not take a coffee.

I then crossed a bridge over the River Spree, walked along the river, headed to Refinery, an excellent coffee shop.

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