Thursday, June 23, 2011

Berlin Lovin' ~ Day 5 & 6...

{molecule man statue at sun down}
This post will be a little short in terms of verbiage, mostly because tonight is our last night in Berlin and we are about to go out on the town once again but I wanted to update with a post of our last two days...day 5 in Berlin was just as jam-packed as the rest of the week...we made our way to the Topography of Terror, which is an eye-opening exhibit that documents the rise and fall of the Nazi regime through photos, plaques, paper work and other documentation...as sad as it was to walk through the exhibit, it was well worth it and incredibly well-done...
The rest of the day consisted of walking through random downtown neighbourhoods, which I documented below...Berlin is such a vibrant city, the architecture is so varied and inspiring...anything from modern to old and traditional buildings, it's great to just walk and gape at everything...
...but at night is where the real fun began...we made our way to the Club Der Visionaere, which is an amazing outdoor bar along the river which features a live DJ and amazing drinks...
{club der visionaere, photo from here}
Day 6 was a super relaxing time...we hung out in a cafe pretty much the whole day and people watched, which is one of my ultimate favourite things to do while travelling...we checked out some amazing vintage stores (the city is full of them) creative cafes (the city if full of these as well) and ate some AMAZING food (yes, the city is full of this too)...we did not get home until 4 am after which we stumbled into bed and snored most of the morning away...
two of the many creative cafes in the city...

vintage shops and cool architecture...

Transit, an Asian fusion restaurant we had lunch in...
...and that concludes day 5 and 6 of our Berlin adventure...today we visited one of the greatest exhibits I have yet seen...but that's a story for another day...until then, stay tuned...
Love K

Monday, June 20, 2011

Berlin Lovin' ~ Day 3&4...

Graffiti: "(commonly used in its plural form: graffiti) drawing or writing which has been written or painted on a wall or other surface (usually in a public area)"...if Paris is the city of lights, then surely Berlin is the city of the paintbrush...or more appropriatelly, the paintcan...this city is amazing in terms of the street art, everywhere you look there is some form of art on the buildings, walls, poles-you name it! Being a huge fan of anything artistic (as a result of the fact that I am artistically impaired) walking through the streets here is always a source of wonder for me...there must be a story behind all of these amazing creations, and if not I just imagine that there is one...here are some examples from a graffiti park that we walked through yesterday...
Yes that is a young Michael Jackson in the bottom left...awesome!
As you can probably imagine from these images, this is more than street art~ this is art...so other than exploring the world of Berlin graffiti, we actually had quite a jam-packed couple of days...On Sunday we made our way to the Mauerpark Market, which featured everything from food to vintage furniture, clothes and nick-nacks...despite the onslaught of rain and the epic thunder shower from which we hid under a random vendor stall, the market was heaven for someone like me who loves vintage anything...another bonus was the "Crazy Karaoke" which apparently happens near the market every Sunday...essentially some guy just brings in a karaoke machine and lets people wail...it was great, and really reminded us of our time in Korea...here are some visuals...
An adorable girl selling hats in the rain-now that's dedication!
Some of the amazing oddities one can find here...
The rest of Sunday was taken up with walking around town and hiding from the rain, mainly in a great cafe in Mitte we discovered (but unfortunately I cannot remember the name of it)...either ay it seemed to be a haven for students and young people, and seeing as I love cozy cafes we spent quite a bit of time there...
Yesterday we made our way to the DDR Museum, which I did mostly for research but actually enjoyed quite a bit...it was fun to see how we lived in Communism, albeit a little sad...then it was off for lunch, the Humboldt University, Brandenburger Gate, The Jewish Memorial and finally the Dali Museum (which we did not end up going into but took some photos on the lawn which featured Dali Lips) and finally the graffiti park which I already mentioned above...
Lunch...
Humbolt University~ Art History Building...
Brandenburger Gate...
Jewish Memorial...
Dali Lips...
Random disco ball at the graffiti park...
...and that brings us to the close of day 3 and 4 in this amazing city...off to enjoy another day, which promises to be full of creative places, spaces and art...until then, stay tuned and have a happy Tuesday...
Love K

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Berlin Lovin' ~ Day 1 & 2...

After a 9 hour flight, some mild turbulence, 3 gin and tonics to calm the nerves, and 2 pieces of lost luggage later, we are finally in the city of East and West~Berlin...despite the lost luggage and the minor jet-lag so far the city is everything we imagined it to be and oh so much more...walking down any random street is like walking through a pop art exhibit, complete with bumping base undertones emanating from almost every corner and neon-clothed partyers celebrating to the wee hours of the morning...this city really is a trip...our first day was a bit of a haze, but we did manage to explore the Mitte neighbourhood, which is a trendy student neighbourhood with cafes, bars, art galleries and other cultural dwellings...below are some snapshots of what we saw, walked through and enjoyed...

Day I
Random Graffiti on the streets...


Cinema Cafe & a random alleyway in Mitte Neighbourhood...

Sophienstrasse in Mitte...

Street observations in Mitte...

Gumball machine...because really, who doesn't like gumballs?

Flowers on the street corner...

The best pizza ever in Rosenthaller Cafe and Grill...

CAFE BAR in Mitte...

Paul's Boutique...a nod to the Beastie Boys perhaps?

Photobooth...

The result...

The second day in this amazing city was filled with more walking and exploring...this time through Friedrichshain, where we are staying and the edgy Kreuzberg neighbourhood which is famous for it's vibrant nightlife...with a large Turkish population, this neighbourhood also has some of the yummiest and most diverse restaurants in the city...we managed to take advantage of those-of course...here are some more photos of the day...enjoy...
Day II
Marilyn on a piece of the Berlin Wall...

Andy Warhol's flowers and a neat green chair in Friedrichstein...


Hanging out in Friedrichshain...

Some of the amazing architecture in Friedrichshain...

A shop in Kreuzberg...

Tea and drink menu in Kreuzberg...

Cafe time...

More amazing graffiti in the city...

...and that's what we have been up to in Berlin for the past two days...the next few days also promise to be filled with trips to museums, art galleries, cafes and bars so stay tuned...
Love K
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