We had planned to go away to the Baltic Sea for the birthday weekend, but after Andreas spoiled me rotten on my birthday and a few crazy busy weeks, we decided to just hang out here in Berlin.  So Saturday when we had no plans and were graced with a beautiful summer day, we hopped on our bicycles with no real destination in mind.  Something we used to do all the time in the Black Forest, just riding around exploring new places is one of my all-time favorite ways to spend a sunny day.  We ended up in Treptower Park and made it to the Insel Berlin (also known as Insel der Jugend), a little island in the middle of the Spree, which  I have now declared one of my favorite places in the city.  The little biergarten on the island is so sweet and you can sit directly on the water and watch the boats pass by- it was truly one of the best days in ages and I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face :) Riding back to Mitte along the Spree at sunset was absolutely gorgeous and I had to resist the urge to stop every 10 feet to take a picture- again reminded me how lucky I am to call this city home.