During a previous 4-month Berlin stay, I had ambled by the East Side Gallery multiple times, bicycled under the Brandenburg Gate almost daily, and explored most museums of the city’s wide sprawl. But, preferring the Former East, I had only glimpsed Schloss Charlottenberg, inhabiting a wide expanse of the posh eponymous West neighborhood.
The Allies bombed the palace of Germany’s former royal family during World War II, but with restorative efforts, the wide building and its expansive gardens reflect an elegant glory. As we approached, the golden gate shimmered on a rare clear winter day, and on either side of the entrance, warriors raised their shields against invisible enemies. Two young Berline...Read More