Berlin has been hot.  With few air conditioned buildings, it has been work to stay cool.  It’s amazing how the body reacts to heat.  In my case, I have had difficulty concentrating and sleeping.  I’ve gone to a few museums, shopping centers and public swimming pools to find relief.  Night can be especially difficult with temperatures around 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).

Everyone says this is unusual for Berlin.  I’ve heard that before. The last time I was in Berlin there was a deadly heat wave.  I remember attending a concert at the Französische Kirche and seeing a woman faint in the audience.  True to form, the musicians continued to play even as the ambulance arrived and the woman was whisked way.

Tip of the Day
Cake is the order of the day at Frau Behrens Torten.  Frau Behrens is a small cafe located in Charlottenburg.  It’s the kind of place you would expect to find in Vienna, Budapest or Prague.  Not in grungy Berlin.  It has a classic and somewhat old fashioned interior with dark hardwood floors, a crystal chandelier, and soft neutral tones reminiscent of a Miss Marple mystery.  It has a 1920s feel with a modern sensibility.  Outside there are small tables on a tree lined street full of shops and restaurants.  It’s a good place to people watch.

I had the strawberry cream cake with touches of hazelnut filling.  It wasn’t light, but it wasn’t too sweet either. As Goldilocks would say, “It was just right.”   Frau Behrens Torten offers 12 cakes made on the premises.  A slice of cake is enough for 2-3 people.  The slice I had was too much for me.  A coffee and a slice of cake will run you around 5,50 Euro ($7.00 USD).  You may find better cafes elsewhere in Europe, but not in Berlin. Frau Behrens is the place for cake in Berlin.  It’s worth the effort to visit Frau Behrens, if just to see the interior.

Frau Behrens Torten is located at Wilmersdorf Str. 96-97,10629 Berlin. Take either the Charlottenburg S-Bahn Station or Wilmersdorfer U-Bahn Station exit.

Altmodisch ist das Ambiente mit den kleinen Bistrotischen auf dunklem Holzboden.  Unter der Stuckdecke hängt ein schöner Kristalllüster, in der Ecke steht ein Flügel-vor allem aber zieht die Kuchenvitrine Blicke auf sich.  Zwölf hausgemacht Kuchen und Torten lochen hinter dem Glas, die Entscheidung fällt schwer.  Die Qualität hat herumgesprochen im Kiez. Die Erdbeerschnitten schmeckt wie bei Großmutter.  Sie ist nicht ganz leicht, aber auch nicht zu suß.