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 :)