books to read in 2015

books to read in 2015 | momentstolivefor.com

Don’t be distracted of the books on the photo. They are just some of my beloved books I already have at home. I have already read most of them. When I started to take photos of the book pile, it only took seconds till Finchen stole into the photo. But it’s so cute, I couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

When I started to make plans for 2015, set goals and planned countless projects, another idea crossed my mind. What if I set a list of books I want to read through the year? Would it be wise to set them at the beginning of a year or just go along and pick whatever I feel like at the moment? I decided to do the list. The reason is simply, I have lots of books I want to read for years and always forgot about them or had another book already, when I remembered them. So this little list isn’t something to stick to religiously, but will be an inspiration and help, if I look for a new book. It’s mostly novels and classics, but there are some book about creativity and lifestyle as well as craft and photography books to inspire me, to lern new crafts and get better at photography and other work related themes.

Novels & Classics:

Inspiration & Work:

Crafts & Photography:

Until now my favorite books of all time are The Nightcircus, The Hobbit, The Art of Non-Conformity, The Neverending Story and Rumo, to name just a few. Do you have any suggestions for me, that could suit my taste? What are you reading at the moment?

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photo walk: architecture

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

We’re back from a beautiful and relaxing vacation at the Baltic Sea. We stayed three days simply at the coast, then two nights in Rostock and four in Stralsund. Two of the most amazing architectural cities, I’ve ever seen. When I walked the streets of Rostock for the first time, I instantly fell in love with the hanseatic architecture. Since the fall of the wall 25 years ago, so much has changed in these cities. A lot of money was paid, so the buildings could be renovated. Almost every house is painted now in bright colors and looks like having build just two years ago, although most of them are over 60 years old. I was especially amazed by the little details and ornaments. Just look at the faces and little flowers or the sun with clouds door handle.

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: architecture | Rostock | momentstolivefor.com

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round & round: Sony Center, Berlin

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

Next to the Potsdamer Platz is the Sony Center. An amazing piece of modern architecture, in metal and glass. Perfect for a black & white photo session. The Sony Center is filled with restaurants, the TV & movie museum and an international cinema. At the time I took the photos, the new Transformers movie was promoted, if you’re wondering about the big statues on the pictures…

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

round & round | Sony Center | momentstolivefor.com

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photo walk: sunlight

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

The golden hour – the time for photographers to be on their way taking the best photos in this beautiful, magical light. One hour after sunrise or one before sunset. It’s real magic. When I noticed, that it was one of those evenings, I packed my boyfriend and my camera immediately and took them for a relaxed walk. And what a beautiful light it was. Perfect for a photo walk. Just magic.

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photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com
photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: sunlight | momentstolivefor.com

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wanderlust: buxtehude

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

This weekend we took a short vacation with some old friends and their kids. We drove four hours straight to get from Berlin to Buxtehude, a little town West of Hamburg. I know many of the northern German cities, but didn’t expected to find such a pearl beneath them. Buxtehude is really a small city with just 40.000 inhabitants, but the inner city is filled with beautiful old or renovated frame houses with the most beautiful patterns between beams. Furthermore it’s known as ‘the Fairytale Capital’ with the tale ‘The Hare and the Hedgehog’ by the Brother Grimm set here. Everywhere you see statues and pictures of rabbits and hedgehogs.

Buxtehude is seated in the ‘Altes Land’ (old land), which is known for fruit agriculture. You can walk endless fields of cherry, pear and apple trees and buy cheap big bags of cherries, just picked from the trees. We ate cherries till our stomach hurt. They were perfekt and oh so sweet.

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

This little duck followed us and got bits of cookies twice from us. And there were even more ducks, just waiting for tourists to feed them something. They even ate straight out of our hands. This was fun, for the children and even for us grown-ups.

find time to travel – it fuels the soul

 

a silent walk

a silent walk | momentstolivefor.com

After a stressful time at work I was eager to use this weekend to calm my nerves and mind. What better way, than celebrating the second birthday with my godchild and staying at my parents for the weekend. They live in a suburb of Hildesheim and I always knew and loved its peacefulness.

But when my boyfriend and I took a walk, I was shocked how quiet it really was. Except for a bird here and there or the church bells on Sunday morning, there was no sound. No car, no group of loud people, no something. My ears had to adjust to this silence after living in the noisy, never sleeping city of Berlin for half a year. I’m always amazed, how we become accustomed to something and therefore change the feelings towards old things and situations.

a silent walk | momentstolivefor.com

a silent walk | momentstolivefor.com

a silent walk | momentstolivefor.com

a silent walk | momentstolivefor.com

a silent walk | momentstolivefor.com

a silent walk | momentstolivefor.com

a silent walk | momentstolivefor.com

a silent walk | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

Somehow it was a typical April weekend, only in May. One minute it rained, the other the sun came out. Always changing. We had luck and got a whole hour of sunshine to walk the streets of Berlin. First I couldn’t decide, which theme to choose, but as soon as I saw the light green shine from everywhere around, it was clear. This photo walk had to be about leaves. Green, juicy, shiny leaves. Aren’t they beautiful and full of life?

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photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com
photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: leaves | momentstolivefor.com

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photo walk: windows

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

It’s been a long time, since I did my last photo walk. Mostly because the weather wasn’t that photogenic and because I had other things on my mind. But today was perfect. We found the time to walk around the block in the golden hour. The light was magical and the shadows of the trees, made the photos particular interesting. At Prenzlauer Berg, a district of Berlin, most of the houses are very old and have therefore beautiful ornaments at the front. And everyone of them is a little bit different, some older, some younger. Love these differences side by side. It’s always worth to take a walk around the neighborhood.

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

photo walk: windows | Berlin | momentstolivefor.com

Here you can find my other photo walks.

 

a visit in Erlangen

a visit in Erlangen | Altstädter Kirchplatz | momentstolivefor.com

What a lovely city, Erlangen. It’s located in the enjoyable Frankenland, in east Bavaria. The city is stuffed with churches and the food is focused on meat. In every little or bigger village there’s a brewery. And the beers are excellent. Not to forget, the landscape is beautiful and perfect for wandering. It’s definitely one of my favorite vacation spots in Germany.

On Wednesday I woke up way to early in my hotel room. First I played a little while some games on my iPhone, but then I looked out the window and saw what a beautiful day it was. So I got myself dressed and used the time till breakfast to take a little photo walk around Erlangen. It was really cold, but the light was so lovely that I almost forgot about it. In the park I was followed by three doves, picking around me, hoping for some bread crumbs. Every step a little closer. It was so funny to watch.

a visit in Erlangen | a beautiful window | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | university building | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | Altstädter Kirchplatz | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | frosted blossom | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | view from the park | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | Hier wurden 1933 Bücher verbrannt - memory of World War II | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | doves in the park | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | one dove getting closer | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | Botanischer Garten | momentstolivefor.com

a visit in Erlangen | lovely light on the first flowered tree | momentstolivefor.com

Such a lovely city. I definitely want to visit this beauty again someday.