Going East to start the party. Friedrichshain is an eclectic mix of alternative places, vibrant street art, pieces of Berlin history and lively squares. Is the place of the iconic East Side Gallery, the destination for techno club culture, but also the home to many Berliners and filming location for the Queen’s Gambit.Continue reading “Berlin Friedrichshain”
In a rainy October weekend, I attended the Lithuanian Film festival in Berlin, while mixing it with memories from a trip in the heart of Vilnius years ago. I started thinking of special friendships and remembered the Constitution of the “Republic” of Užupis, that claims “everyone has the right to make mistakes”.Continue reading “Vilnius goes Berlin”
Berlin has “Unter den Linden” and the central historical boulevard feels as an old postcard. Starts at the Brandenburg Gate and ends at Berliner Dom, passing by the Komische Oper, Zeughaus, Bebelplatz and Staatsoper. The name comes from the linden (lime) trees that once lined the boulevard.Continue reading “Unter den Linden ~ From Berlin with love”
One thing I do really well is exaggerate. The previous weekend diary included many galleries, museums, a lot of coffee stops and masks thanks to a duo: 9th edition of Berlin Art Week and Galleries Weekend. This if we don’t count also the 11th Berlin Biennale for contemporary art, and all lighted up together by the Festival of Lights. I like Septembers.Continue reading “Art Walk Berlin”
A train away from Berlin is the Baltic Sea (Ostsee). Windy and beautiful Northern Germany. I woke up missing the sea, so I booked a direct IC train to Rostock with a first stop in Warnemünde.Continue reading “Baltic Coast”
Slowing down is the mode currently around the globe. Interestingly enough, in Berlin I was not rushing here and there. Compared with other European capitals, what is the difference that makes the difference? I believe the city has a rare energy. Prenzlauer Berg’s architecture in particular is esthetically beautiful with many historical Wilhelmine buildings.Continue reading “Berlin & Prenzlauer Berg”
Starting a districts round, as Berlin is divided in 12 administrative districts, each of those with many neighborhoods. Tiergarten is a huge urban park that is now part of neighborhood Mitte (Middle). Used to belong to West Berlin before the Reunification. The former royal park is now open to the public and is a great connection from the West part to the center.Continue reading “Berlin & Tiergarten”
Alongside Cannes and Venice, Berlin is the platform of one of the biggest public international film festivals in the world. I am a movie enthusiast and Cinema is the 7th Art form. So to witness in Berlin the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival is a big deal. And the entire city is celebrating.Continue reading “The Berlinale”
The Berlin concert hall (Konzerthaus) is located at the historic square called Gendarmenmarkt and is flanked in perfect symmetry by the French Cathedral (Französischer Dom) and the German Cathedral (Deutscher Dom).Continue reading “Konzerthaus Berlin”
Berlin is a city full of life, culture and history, with concerts, international film festivals, parties, fashion, popular sporting events and many other opportunities. Looking forward to a few moments this year that I broke down by season and category. I am sure that this is just a glimpse, but is a good idea to have a plan.Continue reading “Berlin 2020 ~ Calendar (updated)”
This week of 4-10 November 2019 is a very special one in the German capital because it celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall with “storytelling” events and art. This autumn, I am still processing this week and the 6 months since I live here.Continue reading “A world without walls”
Two festivals are lightning the mood in October. Because one was not enough. „The Festival of Lights“ and „Berlin Leuchtet / Berlin Illuminated“.Continue reading “Light of Freedom”
Saturday and Sunday, 18th and 19th August, Berliners and guests run / walk the 160km or 100 miles path along the former Berlin Wall to honor the victims of the Cold War.
Last week was the Holly week in the Orthodox church and it wad indeed a special one.
Now in Berlin lilac flowers and wisteria are everywhere. Lavender color and amazing smell. I admire them walking in neighborhoods and I hope to spot them every time I visit a flat. As a good purple sign. Continue reading “Purple Berlin”
Growing up I always projected my life and career as a clear path. Or as a ladder. Something linear, straight, filled with clichés. Now I see both as a painting – beautiful, bold, deep, lively, patterned, but also uneven, dark, broken, rough, changing.