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.
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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…
The last time I did a ’round & round’ photo shoot, I was in Prague on vacation. And that was almost a year ago. Scary how long it’s been. For everyone not familiar with this little photo project of mine, read here. On Saturday we did a little shopping tour at the famous Potsdamer Platz in Berlin and where else to take some amazing shots from this impressive architecture.
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.
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
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.
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.
Such a lovely city. I definitely want to visit this beauty again someday.
I didn’t thought, that spring in Berlin would look so lovely. Everywhere are little islands of green, spotted with yellow, white and blue. I cross more animals more closely than ever before, like a bunch of starlings and rabbits.
Even more fascinating are the people of Berlin. Just two, three rays of sunshine and all Berlin seems to be up and running. But who is judging them, after this long weeks of grey and dark winter days. Not me. I’m one of them. I enjoy every bit of sunshine I can get and soak it in.
enjoy the sunshine and look for little flowers on your way
The last weeks in Bremen have begun and a little melancholy is steeling into my mood from time to time. Another era will be ending, when we move to Berlin. I moved a lot in my life. With and without my parents in total already 6 times in my 31 years living on this earth. And 4 times of these in the last 10 years because of my academic studies.
I always had to start fresh and make new friends, because I moved always to a new city, far away from the old one. I think, to move is hard and fun at the same time. Hard because you have to accustom yourself to new routines, new people and look for new shops, and the bureaucracy of changing your adress isn’t that easy and mostly just time consuming.
But the good things of moving to a new city are to find new amazing friends, make a new city your home and find new favorite places. I like, that I know already four cities in detail, because I lived there for at least two years and discovered so many lovely places and faces of these cities. So here are some photos of Bremen, the big city I lived close by for the last four years and that I will say goodbye to in four weeks.
wish you a good start into the new week
I’m back from another long weekend in Berlin apartment-hunting like two weeks ago. And… because we didn’t sign anything yet, I can’t say anything particular, but we have a big smile on our faces. As soon as it is signed, sealed, delivered, I will tell you more.
But aside from that it was a rainy, cold weekend and I felt like riding the bus and underground was our only activity the whole day. This is something I have to get used to when I’m in Berlin, going by public transportation. I don’t know yet, if it’s a good idea to ride my bike through this never sleeping, huge city, but I will definitely try since I’m a biker from the heart, as you can see on my biketourgirl tumblr blog.
Although the weather was anything near nice, I loved to walk the streets and find little and big street art at the most unexpected places. Can’t wait to make a photo walk of this.
hope you had a beautiful weekend
The first two pics show Bremen – the marketplace with its typical Saturday tourists and the lake near the university of Bremen. I really love Bremen, because it has a special style with its historical buildings and flair, its streets full of students and tourists and its lovely places along the Weser river, where you can just sit and relax.
The third photo I shot this morning on my way to the office. I was an hour earlier than usual, but was rewarded with this beautiful sunrise. Only two days to go, till I turn 30, yikes! I must confess, I feel a little nervous. What about you? How do you feel, when a big birthday is drawing near?