Berlin – Part 8 – Last Day – Paulinenaue

Throughout our week in Berlin, our home base was Kerstin and Janine’s home in Paulinenaue, a small municipality in Brandenburger, about 50 km from Berlin (as the crow flies). The quiet serenity in this pastoral setting was a welcome relief after the bustling traffic and crowds of the city.

By far, the highlight of each day was Janine’s amazing breakfast: fresh local eggs, a wide variety of tasty German cold meats and cheeses, baskets overflowing with a fun assortment of hot fresh rolls, 3-4 jars of different fruit jams (my favourite was the pumpkin marmalade, André’s was the home-made raspberry) and a big jar of Nudossi – a delicious East-German version of a chocolate-hazelnut spread (with a whopping 36% hazelnut content – compared to the 13% in the popular American version). Breakfast was a delightful feast, all courtesy of Janine. We will forever remember with great fondness our wonderful Janine-breakfasts!

And every morning, on our drive into the city (or surrounding areas), we would pass by acres of fields covered with demoiselle cranes. (I think that’s what they were). And every morning Kerstin would patiently slow down and stop the car so that I could try to get better pictures of them.

On our last morning, after our last Janine-breakfast (yearning sigh), we took a leisurely stroll through Paulinenaue before the long drive to the airport to catch our afternoon flight back to Paris. We were sad to leave Kerstin and Janine, but left Berlin with our suitcases full of jams (pumpkin marmalade!) and a delightful collection of Berlin souvenirs, all thoughtful gifts from Kerstin and Janine…most of all, we left with our hearts full of precious memories of our amazing visit to Berlin.

This is my last post in this series on Berlin. I may post pictures taken from the plane in a separate “Epilogue” blog for my beloved friends who I know will enjoy those too. But my next “major” travel blog series will be the 2015 Cuba series in the Spring. (Though I do use this Meandering blog to meander through my heart-places too, so maybe there will be some of that before the Cuba series, but I never know in advance. 😀 )

Thank you to everyone for dropping by and being a part of this journey. I hope you’ve enjoyed meandering through Paris and Berlin.

Today, a few parting glimpses of Paulinenaue, Germany.

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The demoiselle cranes in the fields near Paulinenaue Germany

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Lots of demoiselle cranes in the fields near Paulinenaue Germany

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Demoiselle cranes filled the fields every morning (near Paulinenaue, Germany)

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Close up of the demoiselle cranes in the fields near Paulinenaue, Germany


André, Janine and Kerstin walking along the road toward Paulinenaue…this would be right about where a big dog came bounding over to the fence on the right side of the road, barking and howling, then whimpering sadly, clearly lonely and just wanting to play.


Autumn foliage in Paulinenaue, Germany


I love the old ivy-covered buildings in Paulinenaue


Ivy in Paulinenaue, Germany


I like this house – maybe because it’s orange? in Paulinenaue, Germany


More autumn leaves in Paulinenaue, Germany


Cute mailbox in Paulinenaue, Germany


A lovely orange bush in Paulinenaue, Germany


Paulinenaue, Germany


Janine showing us the old (but still-in-use) train station in Paulinenaue, Germany


The train station in Paulinenaue, Germany is dilapidated and deemed unsafe to use, but the train still stops here.


Beautiful sunflowers in Paulinenaue, Germany


Pretty foliage in Paulinenaue, Germany


I like this blue gate in Paulinenaue, Germany


This used to be a run-down building which someone bought and completely renovated into a dance and banquet hall for the community.


A curious horse in Paulinenaue, Germany


Janine and André pointing at something (I didn’t see what) in Paulinenaue, Germany


Pretty flowers in Kerstin’s garden in Paulinenaue, Germany


Heading out of Paulinenaue to go to the airport in Berlin


The secret passage out to the highway


We saw hundreds (thousands?) of air turbines everywhere we traveled in and around Berlin

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About Sharon

I love to write. I love to write myself into being right here right now. Writing releases something in me that needs wings, writing opens doors and windows that I often don't even realize are possible, writing helps me breathe out the dusty old, and to breathe in the new and possible. My hope is that maybe writing here in this blog will bring new light into these dusty old hallways and help me to clear out the thinking processes and mindsets that just don't work for me anymore. I seek to breathe new light and life into the nooks and crannies of a soul that has been feeling somewhat lost and frayed because of the last few patches of road I've had to travel.
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5 Responses to Berlin – Part 8 – Last Day – Paulinenaue

  1. I’m sad that this series is coming to an end. But maybe you’ll post more pictures? Please? Pretty please??

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  2. Dear Sharon, just want to say how much I enjoyed your travel blog. It had a little of everything: the beautiful sights, pros and cons of train riding, and of course the delicious pastries. I felt like I was leafing through an album beside you. Can’t wait to read your Cuban series!

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    • Sharon says:

      Angelika, Thank you so much for being here, and for your kind words. When I know that there are people enjoying these travels, it makes it all worthwhile. And it’s icing on the cake to know that there are tips and information that people can use in their own travels. It’s just too bad that there wasn’t a way to hand our samples of those pastries, LOL.

      I’m looking forward to YOUR blog and seeing the world through your eyes. ❤


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