There was plenty of quilt inspiration, however. In the Altes Museum you only had to look down to see intricate mosaic tile floors.
In the Pergamon Museum, you find the walls of the fabled city of Babylon. Who knew they still existed? Here is the gate as you entered the city. It is probably 20 meters high. It's composed of glazed tiles. I saw this 20 years ago and it is as incredible today as the first time I laid eyes on it.
This is a portion of one of the walls.
From the gate, you would have walked down a long street lined on either side by bas relief animal figures, also made from glazed tiles. The tiles are textured to indicate the animals' manes, fur, and other features.
This is a glazed tile prayer niche from a mosque. Each smaller niche is patterned in a different motif from the others. All the tiny tiles were hand cut and pieced into the whole. The imam would have faced the niche when praying and the acoustics were such that he could then be heard throughout the mosque by the praying faithful.
In Dahlem, a suburb of Berlin, we visited the third largest botanical garden in the world. Kew Gardens in London and the botanical gardens in Montreal hold spots one and two, sizewise. The dahlias were in full bloom and here is one lovely in my favorite orange color.
Here is another dahlia with peculiar curled petals. We saw several of this variety in various colors. The garden is very naturalistic in the presentation of the plants. There were literally thousands of plant markers tucked in next to the specimens which made it easy to identify something if you were interested. The plant markers were always in Latin, that is, they showed the correct botanical names of the plants.
Even the trash receptacles had Latin names, which I found very clever.
I came home with a bad cold so I am taking it easy. Sleeping a lot and only very slowly getting the suitcase unpacked, laundry done, etc.