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Weekend

Feinkost Buecher Schöneberg Berlin

Spring’s arrival in Berlin was long overdue and welcomed with open arms, and it felt like everyone came out of a long hibernation and was enjoying the warmer weather.  There is something sort of magical about the beginning of a new season, especially spring as the days get warmer and longer.  In a city like Berlin it is amazing what a few days of sunshine can do for everyone’s spirits- suddenly people are smiling as they pass you in the street, shopkeepers are nicer and people seem to literally have a spring in their step.  We spent most of the weekend outside and soaked up all the sun we could, as no one knows how long it will stay.

Feinkost Buecher Schöneberg Berlin

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We met friends on Saturday at the Winterfeldtplatz Markt and proceeded to eat snacks from almost every stand there, or at least it felt like that.  It was my first time at the market there and I loved all the local producers and food stands, we will definitely be visiting again soon.

Flowers Market Berlin

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Berlin Spring Photo

After an afternoon catching up with friends, we walked back from Schöneberg and randomly decided to go to the top of the Siegessäule.

Berlin Spring Photo

Berlin Spring Photo

Berlin Spring Photo

French Bulldog Bike Basket Photo

Hazel somehow forgot how much she used to love her bike basket and graced us with her annoyed face, which she pulls off oh so well.  what a diva.

Kites Tempelhof Field Photo

Sunday was spent riding bicycles and lounging at Tempelhofer Feld, along with what felt like half the city’s population.

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Beer and French Fries = an incredibly nutritious lunch at the Biergarten at Tempelhof, which was followed up with a scoop of ice cream from Erste Sahne.

Vespa Berlin Photo

And we finished the weekend off with an evening scooter ride to Charlottenburg where we randomly decided to stop at Aroma for Chinese food.  In case you are curious, their pork buns were AMAZING.

Vespa Berlin Photo

I hope all of you had great weekends too!  Inspired by my friends, Field Office, I decided to open a shop on Society 6 and am excited to offer more print sizes and iPhone skins and cases of my photos.  Check it out here!

Cereal Magazine Volume 2

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 I was so excited to see that the Postman had delivered the new issue of Cereal Mag today, and I was lucky to be asked to photograph two stories inside the magazine.  Cereal Magazine is a beautiful new print magazine from the UK focused on food and travel, which just so happen to be two of my favorite things as well. :)  The new issue has a wonderful Berlin travel section including not only the stories I photographed featuring R.S.V.P. and the city’s most popular street food, currywurst, but also two beautifully written and photographed stories about the Jewish Museum and the Bauhaus Archives (both are places I still need to visit- maybe this weekend we can go check them out, it is certainly perfect museum weather!).  For Berlin friends, you can pick up a copy of Cereal Magazine at Do you read me? and for everywhere else, click here for a full list of stockists.

I will definitely be spending the long weekend enjoying the new issue as I am hoping to take a much needed break away from my computer.  Do you have any big plans for the Easter holiday?  Usually we get away for the long weekend, but this year we will be lying low, catching up on sleep and trying to not slip and break any bones on the icy streets.  Please tell me some of you are going somewhere warm!

 

Check out some outtakes from the shoots for Cereal Mag here.

David Hasselhoff at the East Side Gallery Protest

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the guy on the right had a boombox inside of a suitcase and was blasting “I’ve been looking for freedom” – mood music at its finest!

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When I saw all the excited chatter on twitter that David Hasselhoff was coming to Berlin to support the protest against the destruction of the East Side Gallery, I knew we needed to go and witness this piece of youtube history.  I have always found his connection to Germany mildly fascinating and yesterday’s event was definitely an experience.  I somehow got swept up into the massive crowd following behind David and made a silly little video of the highlights.  Keep in mind I was getting pushed from pretty much every direction so it is pretty shaky, but you can hear the Hoff break out into song :) which is obviously what we were all hoping he would do.  Although, I am not going to lie, I was a little bummed that he didn’t bring the jacket he wore in 1989 when he sang on the wall.  Apparently he has promised that if the petition to save the East Side Gallery is successful, he will come back and throw a huge concert here in Berlin. Drücken wir die Daumen (fingers crossed)!

 

exploring berlin | stasi museum

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A few weeks ago on a very snowy Sunday afternoon, Andreas and I ventured east to Lichtenberg to visit the Stasi Museum.  The museum is housed in the former  Stasi Headquarters building which was stormed by protesters on January 15, 1990 during the collapse of the GDR.  When it became clear the East German government was going to fall, Stasi officials had holed themselves up in the building destroying and shredding Stasi documents and after the some of the shredders broke from overuse, the officials continued to shred the papers by hand.  The protesters believed those documents, many of which detailed the personal lives of GDR citizens, should have been available to the people and been made public.  Since 1995, a team of people in Zirndorf outside of Nuremberg, has been working to piece back together by hand, the 15,500 sacks of paper which were recovered.  A fascinating article was written in the Guardian detailing the documents and the efforts to piece them back together, read it here.

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a camera which was disguised as a button.  The wide array of hidden cameras displayed in the museum are fascinating (especially for photography nerds, like me),  there was even a camera hidden inside a watering can.  The great lengths the Stasi went to spy on the citizens of East Germany is unbelievable (and really sad).

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Infrared flash cannot be seen by the human eye, but can be used to photograph subjects at night without being seen.  Infrared flashes were hidden in the doors of this car to photograph along the roads.  The watch was used as a recording device.

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one of the most well known parts of the museum is the office of the last Minister of State Security, Erich Mielke.  His office and those of his colleagues have been restored and are pretty much exactly as they were left over 20 years ago.

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Stasi Museum Berlin
Ruschestraße 103, Haus 1
10365 Berlin

exploring berlin is a series following my explorations of my adopted home city.

*Note to non-German speaking visitors, most of the text in the museum is NOT translated.  There is a LOT of text to read, detailing the history of the Stasi and the GDR government and those who stood up against it.  Although I do think for those who don’t understand German, it would still be really interesting, I just wanted to write a little warning to prepare you.

 

weekend

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It feels like ages since I last posted a weekend in pictures post, and that is probably because it actually has literally been months since I last blogged one.  Things have been sort of quiet around here lately and part of that is because things have been crazy busy around here- I randomly signed up for German classes which are 3 hours a day, 4 days a week and have thrown my schedule completely off.  I have also been feeling a little disconnected from this blog and trying to find the inspiration to post again.  I have some big plans for the year and hopefully with that, will come some interesting new content for this little piece of the internet.

The start of this year rekindled my desire to explore this city and get out of my neighborhood on a much more regular basis (which as other Berlin folk know, is not always that easy- especially when you work from home).  Over the weekend Hazel and I braved the below freezing temps and walked across the city discovering parts of Mitte and Wedding I had never once stepped foot in before (some of which were interesting, some not so much).  I also fell in love with Volkspark Rehberge, which felt like a little escape from the city and was mighty charming filled with kids sledding through the woods.  I have a love/hate relationship with winter, while I despise the grey days and darkness, I love how when the sun actually comes out for a quick minute like it did this weekend, you cherish every second of it.

Exploring Berlin | Hansaviertel

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The Hansaviertel is one of Berlin’s most unique neighborhoods.  It was almost completely destroyed after World War II, and it became a sort of experiment for modern urban planning in the 1950’s.  In response to East Berlin’s massive apartment blocks on the former Stalinallee, the Hansaviertel was based on the idea of a “garden city” where the apartment buildings were separated by large green spaces and lots of trees.  53 architects from 13 countries were invited to design a range of apartment blocks in the Hansaviertel, representing what was then thought to be the “city of tomorrow”.   I find the idea of the neighborhood and the urban planning ideas which created the space fascinating.  Even though I know practically nothing about architecture, walking the quiet streets of the Hansaviertel almost transports you back in time, and I love that.

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Thanks again to Context Travel for inviting me to experience their Divided City tour, I highly recommend it to visitors and Berliners alike.

Christmas Markets in Berlin

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It may be true that I am a wee bit obsessed with Christmas Markets, but in my defense, Berlin really does them well so there is good reason to be excited about the season.  Here are some snaps from a few of my favorites markets in the city, where I spent a few evenings last week enjoying Glühwein with friends.

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Thea took advantage of the “coat heaters” at the Lucia market- they looked super cozy.

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Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in der Kulturbrauereri
The Lucia Market is a Scandinavian themed market housed inside the Kulturbrauerei which serves up a range of mulled wine and food from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland.  It is super charming and a bit off the beaten path so there are not a ton of tourists.
November 26- December 23
Monday- Friday 15-22h, Saturday and Sunday 13-22h

Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais
Not as charming as the Lucia market, I like this one because it is a short walk from my house and there are several local wineries selling homemade mulled wine.
November 26- December 26
Monday- Thursday 12- 21:30h, Friday- Saturday 11- -22:30h, Sunday 11-21:30h

Weihnachtsmarkt am Gendarmenmarkt  (we visited last year too)
The market on Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most famous in Berlin, and also one of the nicest, set on the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt.  Lots of local crafts people selling homemade goods and lots of good food.
November 26- December 31
daily 11- 22h

Do you have a favorite Christmas market in Berlin or elsewhere?

the first snow

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The first snow of the year always makes me giddy, and the timing this year could not have been better.  After 3 days trapped inside with the nastiest of flus, we awoke to a city covered in thick blanket of snow.  Hazel and I bundled up and walked around the neighborhood and soaked up all the excitement that comes with the first snow.  Watching her try and figure out what all the white fluffy business was might have been the cutest thing ever.

Context Travel Divided City Tour | Karl Marx Allee

As time moves on the visual distinction between east and west Berlin continues to become less defined, but the majority of Karl Marx Allee, the grand boulevard of East Berlin, has remained virtually untouched architecturally.  The wide street lined by eight-story tiled apartment blocks has long been one of my favorite streets in the city to photograph and explore. When Context Travel contacted me and asked if I was interested in joining a group of bloggers to experience their Divided City Tour, exploring the architecture and history of Karl Marx Allee, of course I jumped at the opportunity to learn more.

a map detailing the destruction after World War II in Berlin. The blue areas where buildings had been destroyed.

Towers stand at both ends of the two kilometer long street at Frankfurter Tor and Strausberger Platz.

This tour along with the Paris by Mouth tour I took back in September dramatically changed my attitude towards “tours”, which I have long associated with tour buses and guide book toting group tours void of any real cultural significance.  This tour was not only incredibly interesting, but also a great opportunity to catch up with old and new Berlin blog friends.  I would highly recommend the Divided City tour to both tourists and locals who are interested in either architecture or the DDR.  I am really looking forward to my next Context tour, whether that be here in Berlin or on my next adventure in Europe.

Stay tuned from images from the second half of the tour of West Berlin’s apartment “blocks” in the Hansaviertel.

überlin also recently went on a Context tour and blogged about it here.

Lover's Guide to Berlin | Reverie Magazine

When Thea and Toni told me they wanted me to photograph a story they were working on a shoot for Reverie Magazine, I might have done a little happy dance in my kitchen.  The story is a lover’s guide to Berlin featured in the new fall issue of Reverie Magazine which launched yesterday and combines two of my favorite things: travel photography + engagement shoots.  We shot the story with two fabulous couples here in Berlin and I have been so anxious to share the photos!  For a guide to the glamorous and romantic side of Berlin, check out page 160 in Reverie and you can see lots more photos from the shoots on my weddings blog: www.ashleyludaescher.com.

Thank you again to Thea and Toni from sisterMAG for directing and organizing, Travis Jay Hazzard for your fabulous hair skills and our couples: Clara and Albert and Marlon and Mandy for taking part in our shoot!