Our weekend in photos, also just an excuse to post a ton of Hazel pics:
JR’s photo from his series Wrinkles of the City down the street from our apartment in Mitte
Waking up to these two cuddling makes my heart explode. My phone is full of pictures like this one and on Saturday morning I managed to pull out my real camera to document the cuteness.
The rest of the images are from Sunday afternoon at the Park am Nordbahnhof and Humboldthain Park, which we discovered has some amazing views of the North part of the city from one of the World War II bunkers in the park. This city never fails to surprise me.
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.
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.
After an afternoon catching up with friends, we walked back from Schöneberg and randomly decided to go to the top of the Siegessäule.
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.
Sunday was spent riding bicycles and lounging at Tempelhofer Feld, along with what felt like half the city’s population.
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.
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.
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!
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.
It is really starting to look and feel like Autumn around these parts and I am loving it. I grew up on California’s beautiful central coast, where the weather is pretty much 75 degrees year round and the hills turn green in the winter and brown in the summer – no real seasons to speak of. Now living somewhere with real seasons, I relish in the changing colors of leaves in fall, the snow in winter, and the warm evenings of summer. Andreas still laughs at my excitement over falling leaves :)
Last week I got an email from my dad saying he had a last minute business trip and would be spending the next week in Dresden and between his travels around Europe, could spent the weekend with us in Berlin. We had so much fun exploring new parts of the city with him and watching him play with Hazel made me oh so happy. My mama and dad call her their “grand-dog” and I think my mama is convinced she is actually part child.
On Saturday we woke up and took a long walk around Mitte, showing off our neighborhood to my dad, afterwards he was my photo assistant/driver and drove me around while I filmed my two models scooting around town on a vespa. Afterwards we explored the old underground Kindl Brewery in Neukölln and tried some locally made beer at the Privat Brauerei Rollberg which is housed atop the old brewery. Yesterday we took him to Tempelhof Field where Hazel got to run wild in the dog park and finished the day off at my new favorite restaurant- 3 Schwestern in Kreuzberg. It was such a great weekend and so nice to get out of our neighborhood and explore some new places! It is so easy in this city to spend all your time in your own little hood, and I am happy we have Travis Jay arriving this week which will guarantee more exploring in the coming days :)
After a few busy weeks of work and travel, it was so nice to just relax this weekend with my little family and spend as much time away from my computer as possible. We walked around the neighborhood with Hazel, went to my favorite farmers market in the city, checked out the Berlin Marathon’s finish line*, had delicious coffee and cake at Five Elephant in Kreuzberg and finally got to go on a proper date to celebrate our first year of marriage. It is really starting to look and feel like Fall around these parts, which something I am welcoming with open arms- I LOVE Autumn!
* I couldn’t help but giggle that one of the sponsors of the event was a beer company, and Andreas told me that a German runners’ trick is to drink an alcohol-free Hefeweizen after a long run to replenish the body. You learn something new everyday :) Something about finish lines turns me into a total sap- someday hopefully I will run another half marathon, if only I could convince Andreas to join me…
I cannot believe how long it took us to check out Tempelhof Field. The former airport is, without a doubt, one of the coolest places I have been in the city. The mere fact that it houses not one, but THREE dog parks ensures we will definitely be back. Hazel met up with her best frenchie friend, überlin’s sweet Olive, and the little girls ran around like crazy- it was most likely the best day of Hazel’s life. Those frenchies seem to play so well together and watching the two of them trot around together was WAY too cute- I thought my heart might actually explode.
We had planned to go away to the Baltic Sea for the birthday weekend, but after Andreas spoiled me rotten on my birthday and a few crazy busy weeks, we decided to just hang out here in Berlin. So Saturday when we had no plans and were graced with a beautiful summer day, we hopped on our bicycles with no real destination in mind. Something we used to do all the time in the Black Forest, just riding around exploring new places is one of my all-time favorite ways to spend a sunny day. We ended up in Treptower Park and made it to the Insel Berlin (also known as Insel der Jugend), a little island in the middle of the Spree, which I have now declared one of my favorite places in the city. The little biergarten on the island is so sweet and you can sit directly on the water and watch the boats pass by- it was truly one of the best days in ages and I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face :) Riding back to Mitte along the Spree at sunset was absolutely gorgeous and I had to resist the urge to stop every 10 feet to take a picture- again reminded me how lucky I am to call this city home.
reflections at Treptower Park
flowers Andreas bought me at the farmers market
He always shoots me a rose :)
It has been a while since little Miss Hazel graced this blog, I am sure you are all having withdrawls ;)
Here are a few random snaps from our weekend here in Berlin. After seeing posters all over the city announcing the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Volksfest (German-American Festival), on a whim Andreas and I decided to check it out. It was like most German festivals, except with American food & drink stands selling expensive soda and processed foods, a statue of liberty wearing a thong, huge printed Americana billboards complete with one of Mount Rushmore, and lots of rides. I am slightly obsessed will all things carnival-esque so these types of fests are always lots of fun for me, even if they are incredibly cheesy and really designed for children. We rode go-carts on a track that looked like it could collapse at any moment and the carts themselves were way past their prime, although that just made the ride both thrilling and terrifying :)
Andreas’s aunt is staying with us right now so we spent lots of time exploring the city by foot and visited Treptower Park for the first time yesterday which is lovely and super clean- which is a big plus when Hazel is around. Speaking of dogs eating crap off the ground, Hazel ate an olive pit and a chocolate covered almond on Saturday, both of which caused her to be super sick, which meant a sleepless Saturday night for all of us :( If anyone has tips about training your dog not to eat off the sidewalk, I am all ears!
cute boys :)
Just a few random snaps from the weekend. Two of my best friends from California are visiting us right now and it has been so much fun showing them our new home. Summer is here and the warm Friday evening was spent in the park with barbecuing with friends- I FINALLY bought us a grill and it might just be the best purchase ever. Saturday was Travis’s 30th birthday and we started the day off at Cafe Einstein- their brunch is pretty amazing, did a little shopping at KaDeWe, and finished the day off dancing at Berghain. As this was his golden birthday, we are continuing the celebrations for the rest of the week :) Getting older only means more fabulous birthday celebrations, right?
Café Einstein Stammhaus