After a relatively quiet and snowy first week at our housesit in Berlin, it was full speed ahead with sightseeing in a week of unseasonably warm weather.
Here's what we got up to!
Photo a day project: February 3rd 2014. Meet-up. One of the ways we actively meet new people in the cities we visit is by signing ourselves up for local meet-ups. At this bowling get-together in Berlin, we got to have fun bowling a few weeknight pins with new German and international friends.
Photo a day project: February 4th 2014. The Ministry to rule all Ministries. The Detlev Rohwedder House (so named in 1992) is one of Berlin's most notorious buildings. First built in 1935-36 to house Nazi Germany's Ministry of Aviation, it then went on to hold the illustrious title of, get this, “The Ministry of Ministries” under the Soviet GDR, during which time this extraordinary 18-metre long porcelain-tiled mosaic mural supposedly depicting contented Germans under communist rule was commissioned. The building continues its bleak history as the current headquarters of Germany's Ministry of Finance AKA the tax department.
Photo a day project: February 5th 2014. Sunset memorial. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is an absolute must if ever you're in Berlin. Designed by NY based architect, Peter Eisenman, this abstract artwork made up of 2711 concrete pillars of varying heights and covering a total area of 19,000 square metres, invites you to reflect and interpret its meaning for oneself.
Photo a day project: February 6th 2014. Yaaaawn! It really is a tough life for the kitties in this house, what in between playtime, sleeping, eating and being brushed and cuddled. In fact, it's probably time for another nap now.
Photo a day project: February 7th 2014. Night bridge. Modern-day Berlin is one of the most liberal cities you will ever visit. Full of creatives and progressives, this city leaves its heart and mind and its past and present on the streets for all to see. It's gritty, it's raw and despite its flourishing colour, lends itself particularly well to black and white.
Photo a day project: February 8th 2014. La Dolce Vita. If you're heading to the thriving farmer's market of Winterfeldt in Berlin, do yourself a favour and do a beeline for the centrally-located Cafe Ccino espresso bar. Not only are their coffees super cheap, but you can add an extra kick to your caffeine fix with a huge slice of homemade tiramisu for just €2.50! They can even do your dessert take-out wrapped in gorgeous wrapping paper – perfect contribution to a weekend dinner with friends!
Photo a day project: February 9th 2014. Creative space. We couldn't come to Berlin and not spend some time taking in the free art gallery that is this entire city. We loved this piece by street artist, Victor Ash, who painted this large-scale modern mural named “astronaut / cosmonaut” in the suburb of Kreuzberg. Perhaps most interestingly, at night, flood lights that light up advertisement flags in an adjacent car yard, project the shadow of one of the flags right into the hand of the astronaut, as if he is holding a waving flag! Pretty impressive!
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What did you get up to this week?