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Thursday 16th August – day off in Berlin
In the morning we went out to Volkspark, which is the 3rd largest park in Berlin and sits on the border of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain. It was obviously a very well used space, with volleyball and tennis courts, cycle / jogging paths and the Japanese Pavilion which houses a Peace Bell. You can also see the Fairy Tale Fountain, which contains 106 stone sculptures representing characters from traditional German fairy tales.

Carrie at the Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin

Carrie at the Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin


The weather was very close and I was hoping for a little rain… I got a lot. In fact it started with a little drizzle around 11am and by 1pm it was really pouring down (and didn’t really stop until late in the evening). We headed to the market at Prenzlauer Berg, which was full of organic foods and other lovely things and then spent the rest of the afternoon hiding out in shops and café’s in the area. We had tea at a lovely Italian restaurant on Kollwitzstrasse (you can’t beat a big bowl of pasta on a rainy day).
Alexis in the rain - Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Alexis in the rain – Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Friday 17th August – Gig 4 in Berlin at Belushi’s Bar
As this is our last day in Berlin, we sorted out the bags / packing in the morning before heading out for coffee’s and then over to Rosa Luxemburg Platz to drop off our gear at Belushi’s for tonight’s show. There was a board outside advertising the gig and they’d been all over Facebook with the info & links, so hopefully it’ll be a great last night. All the staff were super-friendly, helping us store our stuff and showing us round etc.

Blackboard outside Belushi’s, Berlin

Blackboard outside Belushi’s, Berlin


Spent the afternoon in Mitte / Prenzlauer Berg where there are more independent shops than you can shake a stick at, alongside some well know brands (Made In Berlin & Paul’s Boutique).
The gig at Belushi’s was 8pm – 10pm and the bar was fairly busy throughout. We started off by playing the new album from start to finish, then a mixture of older tracks and covers. It was really a great night and Ian the staff photographer was snapping away all night so hopefully there will be some pictures on their website/facebook page soon.
Alexis pre-gig at Belushi’s, Berlin

Alexis pre-gig at Belushi’s, Berlin


The crowd were pretty responsive to everything we played and again we met some really lovely people… including Dale C from Birmingham, who was on a little European tour with his buddy Jared and showed us some of his very best dance moves. They were also heading to Amsterdam in the morning to complete their trip just as we were, going to prove that it is a small world and we’re all up to the same stuff as everyone else.
Berlin has been great and we can’t wait to come back again, but for now that’s a wrap.
Alexis & Carrie in the park, Berlin August 2012

Alexis & Carrie in the park, Berlin August 2012

Saturday 11th 2012
Gig 2 in Berlin – Madame Claude
We had a pretty relaxed day; spent the morning in the Tiergarten and checking out the local markets in the area, before having lunch near the station at Friedrichshain then heading back to the hotel via Alexanderplatz and a walk along the Spree. The weather has been great!

Carrie outside Madame Claude, Berlin

Carrie outside Madame Claude, Berlin


So our 2nd gig in Berlin went very smoothly! Arrived at the venue (very cool indeed), met the sound engineer (Nicolas – he was great), set-up and made sure everything was okay for the show, before heading to the bar to fill out the paperwork and get some beers. The venue is very strange, with everything in the main bar being upside down. There is a live music room, which was pretty normal and lots of little corners with padded seats and plants etc. In the main entrance at the top of the stairs was a little shrine to the Twin Peaks character Laura Palmer… we’re definitely in the right place!
Interior of Madame Claude, Berlin

Interior of Madame Claude, Berlin


Carrie soundchecking at Madame Claude with Nicolas (sound engineer)

Carrie soundchecking at Madame Claude with Nicolas (sound engineer)


The other band that’s playing tonight are a 3-piece from Italy, Raum 149. Musically it’s The Hurts meets Jamiroquai or similar – funky bass, looped vocals and beats. They were very good and had brought a bit of a crowd, which was good to see.
Raum 149 live at Madame Claude, Berlin

Raum 149 live at Madame Claude, Berlin


Our set went down really well. We just played the new LP + our cover of “Time” which always goes down well, and the feedback at the end of the night was great.
You can check out the cover here:

Alexis at Madame Claude, Berlin

Alexis at Madame Claude, Berlin


The U-Bahn runs all night at the weekends so we packed up and headed to the nearest stop after saying our goodbyes. This is definitely a venue we shall return to play at again / excellent vibe, great sound and a really cool place.

Sunday 12th 2012
Caught up with some sleep in the morning then headed over to Charlottenburg where we spent the afternoon having lunch in the Schloss Gardens and lazing in the sun. It’s a beautiful day, hot and not a cloud in the sky, so we decide to stay in Charlottenburg and ate at a restaurant overlooked by the Schloss called Eosander.

The gardens of the Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin

The gardens of the Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin


The food was great (we both had fish) and the surroundings very grand. As the weather was so nice we decided to eat outside to make the most of the evenings sun, and although the restaurant sits on a very busy and large road (3 lanes each way) it’s was surprisingly relaxing. I think that because the roads are so big, you never really get the feeling that the traffic is “too much” or “overtaking”. We head back to the hotel around 9pm for a quiet night of catching up on clothes washing and e-mails.