Tea and Scones in Schöneberg, Berlin, cycle ride

This morning was my chance to catch up with a good friend, Ines, who lives in Berlin. She is going on holiday tomorrow but suggested we meet for a cup of tea at a nice tea room she knew about in Schöneberg, so I put the address in my Garmin and set off.

After less than a mile I came across this unusual installation. It seemed to be a large metal sheet with names of people who had been killed in various concentration camps, there was also a train carriage with stone shapes in it (sculpture) and a few other sculptures.

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After a bit of a look at the sculpture I carried on, following my Garmin’s route which was largely on very good roads with cycle paths.

I haven’t visited Schöneberg before (that I can remember, anyway) and so it was all new to me – although to be honest it looks like most other bits of Berlin.

The tea room is called Tee Tea Thé and was lovely! You can read about it here: http://www.teeteathe.de/index.html

It had an enormous selection of different teas, including 21 varieties of Rooibos and four pages of ‘black tea’. I had brought my teabags along but Ines said the teas here were very good and I ought to try one, so I was brave and went for “Old English Tea”.

The shop also offered “High tea” (cake, cucumber and salmon sandwiches, etc) but that was pretty pricey so instead I went for the scone & jam & clotted cream, that well-known German speciality. I asked the guy serving how he said ‘scone’ – he said he has a friend from London who says scone (rhyming with cone) and a friend from Newcastle who says it rhyming with ‘gone’, so he wasn’t sure which to use. I realised I use both, so I was no help.

Anyway, the tea and scone duly arrived.

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Notice the little liquid eggtimer which is to tell you when your tea has finished brewing!

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And he had even put proper milk on the tray for me. What a result!

Here is a close-up of the scone which was very nice, although the cream wasn’t really clotted cream.

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Most amazing of all, THE TEA WAS ACTUALLY NICE! Yep, I have finally, after years and years of drinking appalling tea in Germany, had a cup of tea that tasted good. Hurrah! I told the café owner this and he said that the company Ronnefeld was good – however I’ve had their teas in the past and not liked them. But Old English is clearly OK.

Ines took a pic of me outside the café:

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And I reciprocated. She found the recumbent trike most comfy!

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We said goodbye and I headed off in a bit of a random direction, deciding to do a bit more riding rather than going directly home. Eventually I decided to go and visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche which is a wonderful church at the head of the Kufürstendamm which was damaged during WW2 and has been partially rebuilt.

I started typing the name into my Garmin and it came up with “Kaiser Wilhelm Platz” which I duly navigated to (only half a mile away) before realising that it’s nothing to do with the church. I had been there before for some reason, however, as I remembered this memorial to the concentration camps in Germany.

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My Garmin was having a bit of a headache so I navigated the old-fashioned way (following road signs) until I passed KaDeWe the huge department store and knew I was very near the church. I actually cycled past it – not a particular surprise when you see what they’ve done to it:

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It’s being renovated and they’ve covered it up. It should look like this:

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I navigated by road signs back to my apartment to grab a quick sandwich before heading out this afternoon, I think to the Grünewald. Watch this space!

 

Statistics for this ride:

Distance – 9.93 miles

Time – 1 hour 10 minutes

Moving average – 8.42 mph

Average heart rate – 97

Max heart rate – 133

Maximum speed – 22.45

Calories burned – 317

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