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12 hours, 686 tweets, 12 locations, 1 chocolate plane… Sasha Wilkins, aka Liberty London Girl, takes a trip to Berlin, picking up tips from some of her and BA’s 1,885,524* Twitter and Facebook followers along the way…

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The idea was that we had no itinerary for the city: we would simply be guided around Berlin by the suggestions of our followers for twelve hours.

I think it is fair to say that our day in Berlin for the British Airways Perfect Day project was intense. Imagine me, Archie the cameraman and his sound guy, and the BA crew, plus our fantastic Bulgarian driver, strapped into a people carrier, camera mounted on the bonnet (hood), as we zipped around Berlin at the beck and call of Twitter and Facebook.

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At each new destination we would fall out the van en masse,  Archie would set up the shot, I would frantically Google away on my smartphone, and a few minutes later deliver an unscripted piece to camera on the whys and wherefores of our latest recommended stop.

Thank GOODNESS I have a photographic memory.

Do head over to the British Airways High Life  site to read my account of the day (for those of you flying this month, the full feature that I wrote is in the December issue.) And do watch the film we made: I’m very pleased Archie included the shot of me stroking the display cabinets in Fassbender & Rausch chocolatiers.

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Here’s our day in pictures.

Café Wintergarten in Literaturhaus (VERY brusque staff)

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Lucy on reflector duty

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The Fernsehturm (TV Tower)  -photo at top.

Here it is in plastic bottle form

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And a Berliner within…

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Archie lining up the perfect shot

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Checkpoint Charlie

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Sudanese Restaurant Sahara in Neukolln

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Let Them Eat Cake vintage store in Neukolln

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Fassbender & Rausch chocolatiers

Fassbender & Rausch chocolatiers

Yes, that is a chocolate Brandenburg Gate

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Gendarmenmarkt

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Barcomi’s Deli and Cafe (thanks Chloe for the recommendation!)

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East Side Gallery (the largest remaining chunk of the Berlin Wall.)

I wasn’t particularly excited about this stop, but it was the highlight of my day. You cannot fail to be moved by the proximity of the two walls, and the documenting of the lives of everyday Berlin-ers.

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Brandenburg Gate at sunset

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Cookies Cream restaurant is hidden down an alley behind the Westin Hotel

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Exceptionally good food.

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They also make a mean Old Fashioned

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After dinner we headed to the Pratergarten, one of the all year beer gardens.They wouldn’t let us film unfortunately so we beat a quick retreat.

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Final nightcap

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Our running around Berlin film

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14 comments

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Barcomi’s is AMAZING! Glad you and your BA followers liked it! 🙂

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@Chloe: SUCH a good rec lovely, LLGxx

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OMG you went to Sahara!! It’s one of my favourite spots in Berlin and now only two streets away from my flat. Good choice 🙂

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@Isabel: I would make the trek there any time, it was utterly scrumptious. The only issue was deciding what to eat…and the guys were so lovely too. I hope we have thrown EVEN more custom their way, as they totally deserve it LLGxx

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LLG
Your Berlin blitz was wonderfully done
All the best
James

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@james: Thanks James for taking the time to say so, that’s lovely of you LLGxx

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@Sasha Wilkins:

😉

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Hi Sasha

What an exciting trip and fantastic idea. Would love to share this project and video on my own blog. If any issues doing so let me know.

Taurean
http://www.wintourandguinness.blogspot.com

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@Taurean Coughlan: That would be lovely, thanks hon! Flick us a link if you do! LLGxx

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Berlin is the coolest city in Europe!
http://shadeofredblog.com

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@Shade of Red: I think you may well be right! LLGxx

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“Vay-gun plate”?

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@Rosie: that’s what spending lots of time in America does for your pronounciation…LLG

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I enjoyed this virtual perfect day in Berlin. The project idea is very creative. I’m interested in returning to Berlin to hit the sites we missed the first time and to try the Sudanese food. May skip the Berliners, though, if that’s 2,50€ a piece 😉

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