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May 24: Berlin – Moabit

From the Siegessäule I shifted direction to the northeast, into the Moabit neighborhood.

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Just a small distance along the Spreeweg is Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of the Federal President; nearby is the presidential office, a modern elliptical building.

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@Horse_chestnut

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A dense willow on the Spree, as seen from the Lutherbrücke.

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Above the continuation of the same street, here Paulstraße, a pretty neat double-tapering support post for the railroad wires.

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Spruce zoom.

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Brick zipper.

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Don't even ponder thinking about considering an attempt to scale this fence. You will get geschnitzelt.

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Some particularly mapley-looking sycamore leaves on the tucked-away Otto-Dix-Straße.

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Out on Invalidenstraße, earthy color choices.

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I happened upon the Hauptbahnhof (and this adorable car) while continuing east on Invalidenstraße but still had some more time available, so I turned north again for one last walking loop, onto Lehrterstraße.

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The iconic recycledomes.

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I really like the detailing of the masonry and the bay window here.

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Lovely cascading blooms; can't tell what they are. Lots of old walls here that felt secretive.

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And then, a fascinating old rather industrial-looking half-timbered building, actually evoking Northern Swiss building styles to me, just because that's where I've seen the most half-timbering around.

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And then, just for contrast, this concrete monolith.

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A mystifying assemblage of beams and columns.

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I turned right on Perleberger Straße at the end of Lehrter in order to make my way back to the station; it crosses over this complex of tracks emanating from the Hauptbahnhof.

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A longer view of the tracks back toward the Hbf.

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Then another right turn onto Heidestraße, whence this transverse view of the sparseness of the railroad corridor I was now paralleling.

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Kind of an L.A.-outskirts sort of vibe along here, at least in this strong sun. This tree even has a little bit of a palm shape.

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An intriguingly massed Getränkefachgroßhandel building.

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And soon, back to the Hbf shortly before my scheduled forenoon departure time. What is that tiny convertible??

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I was surprised to find this vast, rather unfinished-looking gravel expanse right next to the station.

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Back under the canopy...

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back into the madding crowd.