A DREAMY WALK AROUND VOLKSPARK REHBERGE — RECOMMENDED BY RUTH BARRY

A DREAMY WALK AROUND VOLKSPARK REHBERGE — RECOMMENDED BY RUTH BARRY

When I first started walking in Volkspark Rehberge, I’d pack a flask of coffee and go early in the morning. With barely anyone else around, I could walk alone as the sun stretched higher, the light dappling through the trees. One or two people might already be swimming cold laps in Plötzensee, but usually the ducks and moorhens paddled undisturbed. I looked for the boars, sometimes eating pondweed, sometimes lying flat out, their handsome bellies rising and falling as they slept on heaps of browned leaves. The sun would illuminate the red berries on the limbs of yew trees, like little lanterns. Off the path, the ivy claimed fallen branches, hugging and holding them to the ground. Right now it’s especially beautiful, just before the colors start to fade and the gray seeps in, with the light still golden and the grasshoppers leaping as you walk through the dry brush. Pack a picnic, find a shady spot to enjoy it, and for a joyful minute, you’ll forget you’re still in the city.

Ruth has created three recipes for the perfect park picnic: Fennel, tomato, parmesan & basil frittataLimeade and Banana & hazelnut loaf

Text: Ruth Barry / Photos: Francesca Merlo & Savannah van der Niet

Ruth Barry is a Mitte-based baker, writer and cook. She is currently working on her first baking recipe book.

Volkspark Rehberge, Transvaalstr.160, 13351 Berlin–Wedding; map

cee_cee_logo