Kurfürstendamm, Jules Verne and Helmut Newton

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Today the destination was Kurfürstendamm and Charlottenburg, and the tour would be long, as the avenues are long and there is a leg to endure the routes with the bicycle. So, I started with a hearty, but late breakfast at Jules Verne, at Schlüterstrasse 61. The place is cute and the attendant is super agile and happy (the way I like to start my day), but this is not the best of the party, because there you have to wait a little while for your croissant to be delivered, because it is made and baked on the spot. It is also served with jam, honey, butter and fruit on the plate. Paulo ordered the yogurt beaten with sugar and cinnamon, which was also one of the best yogurts I have ever tried in my life, with zero acidity. It was delicious.
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More than satisfied, I left for my first destination: pass through Savignyplatz square, take a right on Grolmanstrasse and a right again on Kurfürstendamm and go looking at all the stores there and also do some shopping. It’s a giant street that has everything from Chanel and Botega Veneta to department stores and mini galleries. I continued down the street and turned left at Konstanzerstrasse and then gave him a leg to get to the Chocolatier Erick Hamann factory and shop at Brandenburgische Strasse 17. The place is deserted and sinister, the facade as well as the chocolate, the store, the Bauhaus design and everything referring to Mr. Erick Hamann has remained intact since 1928. You can find everything from pralines, to almonds and dried fruits wrapped in chocolate, but here is the right place to buy the real chocolate bar, I’m not talking about that bar of milk chocolate, but the real bar of dark chocolate! This is the highlight here and what is worth it. If you don’t want to walk as far as I do to go to Mr. Hamann’s original store, you can find his bars at other chocolate shops around Berlin.
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I continued my bike tour passing Olivaer Platz and taking the Lietzenburger Strasse towards Wittenbergplatz, where I went to visit the giant, huge and monumental department store KaDeWe. I think this is one of the largest department stores in the world together with Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Harrods in London, but what really impresses here is the sixth floor with a GIANT gourmet area. If you have time left, get lost in this huge supermarket and discover flavors from almost everyone. I was just crazy inside, I almost got sick uhahauhuhauha; D
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After that gastronomic experience I had to get some air. I went along the Tauentzienstrasse towards the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtnis Church, which is worth entering and being silent for a while inside this octagonal temple all built with royal blue stained glass. A peace of mind surrounds you immediately. I don’t know why, but this church reminded me a lot of the church I was baptized in Brasília.
Leaving there I saw a huge stand of dried and candied fruits, worth a stop or at least a photo and went to the Museum of photography where I could observe and admire incredible photos of Helmut Newton’s work in privileged sizes, which I was not accustomed, since she always saw her photos in fashion magazines or books. The Museum of Photography is in front of the Berlin Zoo, for those traveling with children, it can be a very interesting double tour.
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Almost at the end of the day, I stopped by the Manufactum, at Hardenbergstrasse 4-5, a completely outlandish shop but that made perfect sense to me. There you will find everything from stationery, flower bulbs, dishes and cutlery, gardening tools, suitcase, clothes, shoes, but all in straight and functional lines, as every self-respecting German object should be! Next to it is Brot & Butter, with cheeses, breads, sausages and a coffee for you to take there after shopping or take home.
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Almost without knowing if there would be time, I ran to the Story of Berlin at Kurfürstendamm 207-208. The place is a museum about the history of Berlin. I will be honest that this is the weirdest museum I have ever visited in my life. It starts as it is inside a shopping gallery where you have to follow some shoe stickers on the gallery floor to get to the museum. When you get there the situation gets worse and the place that was already strange gets worse, with a very fake old car at the entrance and a decoration that borders on the doubtful. However, I had gone there for a specific purpose, which was to meet a real bunker and it was only 5 minutes before the next group left with the guide. So I waited for her and we were all guided out of the building, where we went down through a side entrance until we reached a ladder that would lead to the bunker. When we got there, she explained that the bunker was built at the time of the Cold War to calm the population that was afraid of an atomic attack. 16 bunkers were built by West Berlin, each of these bunkers would hold approximately 2500 people, which at the time did not mean even 1% of the population (imagine today). It’s scary inside, first because people would have to go through a locked corridor (in groups of 30 people at a time) that would only be opened to the inside after the outside door was locked and they had undressed and showered inside. of that same corridor, to prevent atomic particles from entering the bunker. Inside, these people would have a minimum supply of water and food for 14 days, after that, whatever happened, they would have to return to the surface and continue their lives. At the time, they still did not know that the atomic particles of a nuclear attack could last for much longer in the air than just two weeks and affect everyone’s health. In the end, we heard a radio simulation from the cold war era of what the bombing would look like. It’s scary, but luckily no bunker had to be used.
I returned home and went to dinner in a German restaurant with international influences, highly recommended, mainly for changing your menu every day and only working with fresh products, the Frau Mittenmang on Rodenbergstrasse 37. The restaurant has a very pleasant and inviting atmosphere, with candles and low light. At the beginning I ordered a bruschetta with feta cheese, lemon drops and pink pepper and Paulo ordered a traditional German meat soup, seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. The two starters were impeccable, as well as the main dishes, which in this case were: lamb shank with vegetables and couscous and for Paulo ragú cooked in wine and spices served with cabbage and inhoque. I just won’t be able to speak well about the desserts. For a change, I ordered a panna cotta made with rosemary and covered with applesauce, which for me was very hard and gelatinous, in addition to a strong taste of cream. Paulo ordered a plum crumble, which looked very tasty, but came with the dough without baking completely. So, here’s the tip, ask for the starter and main course and leave a space for a drink, a party at the end of the night or a dessert elsewhere.

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