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Exploring Berlin | Siegessäule

Why hello there.  After an unexpected blog hiatus, I am back. Well sort of.  We still don’t have internet in our new apartment (after a month and a half. Dear Telekom- it is 2014!!!) and have no idea when it will be connected. This post has been sitting in my drafts for a good 8 months or so, and after a long break from blogging, this surely doesn’t exactly feel worthy of the first post after 3 months…. but if I don’t push publish today, I probably never will.  On one of the first warm-ish days last spring, Andreas and I spent a Saturday at the Winterfeldtplatz market and decided it was too lovely of a day not to walk home back to Mitte.  Along the way we passed the Victory Tower or Siegessäule and decided to go to the top for a few sunset photos.

 

Victory Tower/ Siegessäule

open daily: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (April – October), and 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (November – March)

a first roll of film

I had been itching to replace my Nikon 35mm film camera with a Canon for ages, but somehow always made some sort of excuse not to buy one.  When one night I was cruising ebay and found a EOS 3 for super cheap, I impulsively snapped it up and had my dad bring it with him when he visited in February.  This was the first roll of film that I shot, and because I wasn’t even sure if the camera functioned properly it was a roll of 1€ film from the drugstore (I also had it developed and scanned at there, which is probably to blame for the wonky color).  Fortunately the camera seems to work just fine and I suddenly remember why I have always loved shooting film.  There is some sort of magic shooting film possesses.  Clicking the shutter and not being able to check the back of the camera and just trusting your equipment and exposure is refreshing. It forces you to slow down. I first fell in love with photography shooting film.  I actually didn’t even own a digital camera until my second year of photo school, because we only shot film for the first year.  Also, and this might age me, but digital SLR cameras were just coming out back then.  Then I fell in love with photoshop and by default and convenience, my poor film cameras started collecting dust.  These images are surely not masterpieces, but I am definitely being romanced by film photography once again and have started bringing my medium format camera along with me to weddings.  I am not quite sure I am brave enough to shoot exclusively film at a wedding, but huge huge props to those who do.  For now, I am loving leaving my digital cameras at home when I cruise around town so expect more film here on the blog to come.  Obviously it took me a while to finish this roll of film, with some images from one of the last snows of the year, and some from our trip to the Baltic Sea with my parents this summer, but forgetting what is on a roll of film makes it even more exciting when you get scans back.

french bulldog

This is what I wake up to most mornings.  Hazel and Andreas all cuddled up melts my heart.  I love my little family so much.

Thea and I location scouting at the Botanical Garden for the cover shoot for sisterMAG 7

more to come from our trip to the Baltic Sea soon.  We had the best time, but I am pretty sure Hazel had the best days of her life so far. :)  I have some video footage of her running wild on the beach I need to edit together, I promise it will make you smile.

 

weekend

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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.

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.

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.

Everplaces 2.0 Video

 

A few months ago, I was contacted by the lovely people at Everplaces to create a video to celebrate the launch of the new and improved, non-beta version of their iphone app.  I have to admit I was incredibly flattered that they had even watched the videos I had made and posted here on the blog, and I was honored that they wanted to hire me to make a video for them, especially as I am a huge fan of their site and app.  Those of you who are regular readers will surely recognize some familiar faces, and as my friends are big fans of Everplaces (4 are Everplaces Ambassadors) they were perfect for the video.  I had a lot of fun making it, and I am so excited to finally share it with you.  If you haven’t already tried out Everplaces, download the latest version in the itunes store here, or visit their site, I promise you will love it.

A big thank you to friends who took part in the video:  Thea, Andreas, Lindsey, Bryan, Anne, Kristin and Patrick.  Filmed in Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin and Eindhoven.

Music licensed through With Etiquette:  Take me Away by The Dimes

Thanksgiving in Berlin

At the last minute I decided a year without hosting a Thanksgiving dinner was just plain sad, and I am so glad I changed my mind.  I am not a big meat eater, and the thought of cooking the whole bird is daunting, so once again we had braised turkey thighs.  My lack of planning ahead meant I had to spend several hours on Friday morning trying to hunt down turkey legs- which surprisingly are not easy to find in Berlin.  Everywhere I went and called said they would be happy to order it for me- to be ready next week.  :-|  Fortunately Rogacki saved the day and had exactly what I needed.   It is always so fun to celebrate with fellow Americans (and Canadian, my friend Alex joined us this year), but my favorite part is sharing the holiday and a bit of American culture with German friends, most of whom have never experienced Thanksgiving.  And hooray for lovely friends to celebrate with and to be thankful for.

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Someone was REAL pissed to have to stay on the couch while we had dinner, but she was loving the attention from all her new friends. She really is the most spoiled pup, ever. :)

I hope my American friends all had a lovely Thanksgiving, where ever you are!  Now the holiday season has officially begun :) the Christmas Markets in Berlin open today!