Berlin’s Glass Mountain (And More) By Night

During our weekend filming some of Janset’s acoustic sessions, we had a bit of time to explore parts on Berlin. Even though I’ve been a few times for the Karnival Der Kulturen, there were a few spots I had never visited. Here are a few spots Simula & Mimi, introduced us to.

The Sony Center, Berlin

From a distance, the led lit roof of Sony Center and the plaza looks like Mount Fuji in Japan, which of course is Sony’s home country. Standing at 26 floors tall and designed by Helmut Jahn, The Sony Center houses an Imax cinema as well as many places to eat, drink, and chill. We recommend Alex, for something to hang out. It’s also where I discovered Mezza Mix!

The Berlin walk of fame

Yes, you read right! Not the Hollywood walk of fame, but the Berlin walk of fame! Berlin’s “Boulevard der Stars” can be spotted by the island of red asphalt in the middle of the road at Potsdamer Platz, just yards from the Sony Centre. If you look down, you’ll see the familiar starred shapes dotted around the floor with names and icons signifying the part they played to earn the honor. However the difference between the names here and that of the Hollywood counterpart, are that these are only German-speaking stars of film and TV. Another unique selling point of this attraction is the hologram cams, where you can see the ghost of these appear in front of your very eyes.

Teledisko at Holzmarktstraße

Possibly the works smallest disco located inside a telephone box on the banks of the River Spree! There are no words to explain how much fun you can have in there! Seriously! Once you’re in there, the party is well and and truly yours! Select your track, take control of the smoke machine, and bash away at the strobe light button until your hear it content! Simple things!! ūüėÄ
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Holzmarkt

During the day can hang out at the local cafe and bars, whilst being inspired by the street art and laid back urban style on the banks of the Spree (Yes this is the home of the Teledisko!). By night this place is just a beautiful and serene. Walk under the Giant Glitter ball at the entrance and stroll over to Wein bar, for a drink in the cosy cabin style shop. Bliss.

Alexandraplatz

Home to the rotating World Time Clock and the iconic TV tower, Alexanderplatz, is full of nightlife, music and good vibes. If you’re looking for signs of the traditional East German architecture, it will be hard to find, but you will see a Decathlon, Primark and the odd busker! At the foot of the TV tower you’ll find a park with ornate water fountains and street performers during the day. Next time, I will have to go up to the top, as the views are apparently amazing. In between photo-walking the square we stopped off for a dance and a drink at AlexOase. #GoodVibes.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

By day there is an aura that makes me feel a sense of loss and a degree of sadness even before knowing what these 2711 concrete slabs of different heights represent. But at night, this immerse outdoor exhibition evokes even more intense emotions. The memorial covers 19,000 square metres between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz and was designed by Peter Eisenman. A must do experience.

Have you been to Berlin? What did you get up to? Share your experiences in the comments below.
And if you haven’t why not book your spot?

Why not take a look for yourself?

Berlin is full of arts, culture, history and nightlife so you will definitely find something for you. If you like Carnival, I recommend going for Karnival Der Kulturen which this year in on from the weekend of Friday 7th June. Whilst there, you can visit Potsdamer Platz, which is home to the Sony Centre.


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Photowalking Aahrus, Denmark

My Aarhus photowalk was an impromptu one which happened purely due to having a few spare hours to chill out whilst en route from Life Drawing in Viborg to the Roller Disco in Netherlands. Upon leaving the the main station, I instantly fell for the architecture, the colours and the good airborne vibe of this Danish city.

Aarhus is on the East Coast of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula, and is home to with historical timbered houses, an open-air museum, the Aarhus Botanical Gardens, arts, and viking culture.

The Photo Walk

 

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Staying in Aahrus



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On this visit, Aahrus was only a few hours stop-over before heading overnight to the Netherlands, so I didn’t require any accommodation.

However when I checked for places to stay via Booking.com РAarhus, it was possible to find a hostel for around £52 for 2 nights, which seemed really good at the time.

Discover Aarhus

For the short time I was there, I got lost in the beautiful harbour-side sunsets, water fountains, rooftop garden, and architecture to the point that I actually missed my over night bus to the Netherlands 🤦‍♂️. Here are some links to places I found and to help you discover Aahrus for yourself.

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Red and Green at Christmas

The Colours of Christmas

Have you ever wondered why Red and Green are commonly used to represent Christmas? Well there are many reasons which go way back into the sands of time. Most the colours and their meanings come from the western/northern European traditions and customs, when Christmas is in the middle of winter and it’s dark and cold.¬†Here are a few with reasons with some of our own¬†Christmas themed¬†snaps.

Green

Green is though to represent the sign of new life. Evergreen plants,¬†such as¬†Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter. Evergreens¬†also serve as a reminder to¬†people that spring¬†will come back soon and that winter¬†doesn’t stick around¬†forever!

Apparently Romans would exchange evergreen branches during January as a symbol of good luck. Even the ancient Egyptians used to bring palm branches and decorate their homes during the mid winter festivals.

In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who couldn’t read. The ‘Paradise Tree’ in the garden of eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it.

Even though today’s Christmas Trees have quirky design and new takes, they are still the most common use of green at Christmas time.

Building Christmas #dublinatchristmas #workinprogress #christmas

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Red

Many people associate red with¬†the big¬†Coca Cola trucks¬†rolling into town blasting¬†out the “Holidays are Coming“,¬†however for those who see the less commercial side of Christmas, an early use of red were the apples on the paradise tree (as mentioned above). These apples (some believe they were pomegranates) are said to represent the fall of Adam in¬†early theatre¬†productions /¬†plays.

Coca Cola is also (mythically) given credit for Santa’s red uniform, but one more plausible reason as to why Santy (love this new name for Santa which I picked up from our Irish roller skating team) wears red is because as a Bishop, St. Nicholas would have worn red robes!

Red is also the colour of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. The Holly was also represents the crown of thorns which Jesus came to wear at his crucifixion (which is Easter but never mind!).

 

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Love Christmas purely for the endless possibilty to take #lowlight shots that really become timestamps

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#Christmas was made for #boomberang

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Your Christmas Colours

If you have your own ideas of colour at Christmas or what they mean, feel free to comment below.

Also don’t forget you can follow our Christmas adventure @jiggycreationz on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+¬†and Pinterest

#JiggyXmas Everyone.

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Petition · European Parliament: Save the Freedom of Photography! · Change.org

On 9 July 2015, the European Parliament might destroy photography. The Freedom of taking photos in public places is under attack. Until now, in most countries in Europe you were safe to take and publish photographs that are taken from public ground ‚Äď This is called Freedom of Panorama. When you were on vacation, you could take a photo from the London Eye and share it with your friends on Facebook*. If someone wanted to pay you for using this photo, that was okay as well. Both is about to change may destroy photography as we know it. ¬† Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament, tried to bring the Freedom of Panorama to all countries of the EU , as few countries like France and Italy don‚Äôt have such law yet. In the majority of countries such as the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Croatia, you‚Äôre safe to take, publish and sell photos of public buildings when taken from public grounds. ¬† However, the current draft turned the proposal upside down .¬† Instead of bringing the Freedom of Panorama¬† to the few countries that don‚Äôt know such law yet,¬† it would take it away from all those who do . With this, Street-, Travel- and Architecture-Photography would be dead as we know it. It is impossible to find out the architect of every public building in order to ask for permission before you can publish and possibly sell the photo. ¬† I therefore call on the members of the European Parliament to Not limit the Freedom of Panorama in any way and instead to Bring the Freedom of Panorama to all member states of the EU so that the European Citizens can be assured to act within the law when taking and publishing photographs from public buildings anywhere in the European Union. This is necessary to embrace our European Culture and Art! ¬† For the media, please see:¬† https://www.facebook.com/Sumfinity/posts/502360496584684 *As¬†Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament, points out, even the private upload of a photograph on Facebook would need the consent of the architect, as with the upload you grant Facebook a license to commercially use the photograph.

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Berlin Carnival Weekend 2015 – Photowalk

When you think of Berlin, or more so Germany, what springs to mind? Take a look at what we discovered,¬†during¬†our time and work¬†with Rollers-Inc.¬† For us Berlin is a real hub of #creativity.¬†Street art can be found wall to wall, juxtaposed with¬†new and modern towers and converted warehouses which are beginning to line the Spree. ¬†Join Craig, Letitia and Berlin’s First Lady of Rollers-Inc, Julia, on our photo walks during the Karneval Der Kulturen¬†weekend…

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