Our weeks stay with our daughter in Germany gave us plenty of time to explore areas of Berlin we didn’t see on our last visit 2 years ago. The City has some beautiful parks like the Tiergarten and Treptower and some not so nice like Gorlitzer. On two occasions we took the S-Bahn out west to the suburbs. On the first trip we went to Grunewald. ‘Chilli’ the dog loved the walk through the forest and up the Teufelsberg. This is a man-made hill and the tallest point around Berlin. It was constructed from rubble from the destroyed City then in 1972 it was planted with trees. It may have been a coincidence but it was very quiet with no bird life.
To save weight travelling I restricted myself to just one lens, an all purpose 18-140mm zoom, so the quality of the images are not great but are mementos of our stay.
I’m not sure how people feel about zoos. For me the modern style of big open enclosures giving the animals room to roam are far removed from the bad old days of iron bars and concrete. Berlin has a lovely zoo the Tierpark in Friedrichsfelde, Europe’s biggest animal park. We spent a whole day there, here are three of my favourite shots.