an American in Germany: a blog about culture, language, society
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, Oper
Another perfectly sunny, slightly cool Berlin day. We first headed to Prenzlauer Berg, walked along Kastanienallee, stopped at the Prater Biergarten, the oldest Biergarten in Berlin, and got a sausage. Michael got a Schwarzbier as well, a "black beer". Then we stopped at the Bernauer Str. Berlin Wall memorial, walked around the park there a bit. It's turned into a really great site - definitely worth visiting. Then Brandenburger Tor, the Reichstag, the Holocaust memorial. Home to put our feet up for 45 mins and change, and then back into town for the opera. Sandra suggested we get tickets to "Die Liebe zu drei Orangen," a satirical comic opera by Sergei Prokofiev, influenced by surrealism (1921). It was so much fun. This particular staging was so fun and whimsical. They had huge props that made the actors look little (including a giant rolling pin that rolled across the stage), and bright colored costumes. A great experience.