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Went to see spring in Berlin

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First impressions during a trip to the German capital.

I decided to visit the German capital at the invitation of a friend, because she told me "you have to see the spring blooming in Berlin" and so I did. The German capital is considered one of the greenest cities of Europe by the number of parks and green spaces that we can use for free. Berliners as soon as they spot a sun gore are the first to go into these spaces and I notice that it is a vibrant metropolis and full of color. It is a city that it inspires calm and at the same time is a daily frantic rush, just watch the metro line which I must admit was difficult to master, although the areas are divided by color, we have to think on the lines almost in 3D, because they overlap, ie there rails on the surface and as soon you barely got off some escalators you are already in another line that can subdivide, understood or not really? Good luck! Forward, there are passes for tourists that last for several days, but can also opt for daily tickets, which I used quite often and I was lucky a girl offered me one of these days tickets, just like that, she friendly explain in German something I comprise and I thanked her, with my newly learned dankeschön.

The most impressive are the lower tunnels at the intersections of the lines and I can say that there is a whole other underground city at our disposal. There are all sorts of little restaurants with world flavors, newsagents, convenience stores, florists, bakeries, cofee shops and all affordable even for the Portuguese. It is an underworld within the city, because the Berliners do not stop for lunch, buy something to eat and follow their trip, always passing throu. It is fascinating to watch this entire human movement, where one hears all types of language and watch a daily run from one side to the other. And is such an existing habit so much so there are warnings in the carriages to hinder the eating, drinking or transport an animal without muzzle. However, you will see people eat or drink almost hidden and dogs only on a leash, is not the majority, as happens in any country, no hype and no fuss.

On the surface of the almost mandatory stops is the island of museums, it is a beautiful area with several neo-classical buildings along the river, just across the bridge that crosses the river Alte and you are faced with a number of museums. I decided to visit the " Alte nationalgalerie" to meet some of the most famous German painters, which I must admit was unaware almost completely, as Fritz von Uhde, Max Libermann, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, among others. On the second floor, we find several works of the Impressionists European masters. But the icing on the cake was the top floor, where I was introduce to one of the great icons of German romanticism and held my attention by its very tragic landscapes, Caspar David Friedrich. His paintings convey a deep loneliness, with its bleak landscapes, some are even grim, but do not fail to exalt the overwhelming beauty of nature. August Kopisch was another of the true discoveries of this wonderful museum, he created a wonderful color called "blue grotto", which was inspired by a cave on Capri island, Italy. And a red twilight, which helps create truly luxuries landscapes of the late afternoon. I know I used too many adjectives, but the words are sometimes not enough to describe something so, so beautiful. It's like a exilir of the soul, excites us to the core and makes us hopeful about the humanity, I known that these artists had tortuous paths and suffered personalities but without them how could be immortalize the sublime in a stroke?


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