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 Holzmarktstra├če

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!! ­čśÇ
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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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Back to the Drawing Board – Life Drawing, Denmark

It’s been a long time since I did any life drawing. In fact it’s almost 20 years ago since I sat in my art class wondering why the room was so hot and why the small fan heater in the corner was on full blast, when to me it wasn’t that cold. It wasn’t until my teacher counted down and a woman pranced into the middle of the room before unveiling her naked form by letting her floral silk dressing gown fall to the floor, that I realised why the heating was on! The class gasped before swiftly holding their head down to their paper to refocus on the task at hand… Draw the lady in the middle.

Fast forward to today, where I was invited by the #JiggyTwins Emma & Estelle Tiller to join them in their life drawing class at VIA University College, Denmark.

I was slightly apprehensive about doing it as I have lost confidence in my ability to draw over the years, as well as feeling a little bit scarred since my first (and at the time last) experience, but I did it anyway as I always say to Emma & Estelle to “just embrace it”!

On entering the studios there was no time to be anxious about what was going to happen or how I was going to perform or if my drawings would be good enough. The girls took me into the room, collected our drawing tool and into the studio where other artists were gathered awaiting the model arrive. At least this time I knew what was about to happen!

The posses started off quick with about 30 seconds given to draw the first sketch, and the getting longer towards the end of the 45 mins. This meant that my initial sketches looked more like stick men… and progressed to something which had a bit more detail (although not anatomically correct).

In the end I was so happy I did it and embraced my stick men!

Drawing Life with the #JiggyTwins

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It was so good to be in the company of such talented and inspirational artists who had come from all over the world to be there. A massive thanks to #JiggyTwins Emma & Estelle for making this happen.

You can follow Emma and Estelle’s amazing work on Instagram and Tumblr here:
Emma – Instagram @emellex06 , Tumblr @emellex06
Estelle – Instagram @esterellda , Tumblr @godgivenfox

The session lasted just under 2 hours – two 45 min sessions with a 15 – 20 minute break in the middle.

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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 – Aarhus, it was possible to find a hostel for around ┬ú52 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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