As Solaris 100 is a bit of a record collector and does some DJing on the side, we did spend some time going around record shops. I always enjoy doing this kind of thing but for different reasons – I like looking at all the old covers. We visited quite a few shops and as I mentioned previously, I was tired and needed a break so I didn’t really take note of each and every one of them. But I did take a few pics here and there. So come on in…
Happy New Year! As I am spending a couple of weeks in Germany for the holidays, I thought I’d share some not yet before seen pics I took of street art in Berlin a few months back. I am hoping to have a few new ones to share after I get back in the new year as I will be spending a few days there as well.
Berlin is a great city and there is some amazing street art to be seen, everywhere! I am afraid I don’t have any details about who the artists are so if you know something about who the creators of these pieces are, please let me know in the comments! In the meantime, enjoy all the colour and sense of humour!
Warning: this is an image heavy post.
As I am happily in Germany and should be in Berlin by now, here are some of the photos I took the last time I visited for a couple of days. I didn’t use my camera in this occasion as I was very tired and needed a break – taking photos can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore and I didn’t want that to stand in the way of some rest and enjoyment of the city and the company I was in. I did take a few snaps with my phone, impressions and little things that caught my eye, that I thought should nonetheless be recorded and saved as a memory aid for later. I think they look nice enough to be shared on here, like an image notebook of passing things and moments.
Warning: this is an image heavy post.
For years I’d heard from friends how amazing Berlin was for vintage shopping, so some sort of second hand/vintage exploration had to be included in the short time I was in Berlin. I asked a friend who’d lived there for a long time for a few tips and decided that given the limited amount of time, the best bet would be to head on to the flea market at Mauerpark. Mauer means “wall”, FYI, and this will be my last instalment on my Berlin adventure.
What is it like, then? We went on a very hot day and as you can see the sun was out and quite strong. Because it was so sunny, there were loads of people out, enjoying the warmth and getting some vitamin D, having picnics and drinking beer. Every step of the way, street performers or musicians were to be found and some were very entertaining.
If you’ve ever been a punk rocker or you still are, the one thing you cannot miss on a trip to Berlin is the Ramones Museum & Bar. If you are a Ramones fan then there really is no excuse! I didn’t know about the existence of this Museum until my friend Gareth, told me about it as something I shouldn’t be missing on my trip. So, I immediately included it in my list of things to see and do and made sure I stuck to it.
My next question and something that surprised me and other people was to why is there a Ramones Museum in Berlin, seeing that the four boys are actually from Queens in New York City? The answer is simple: Flo Hayler started collecting Ramones memorabilia in 1990… A few millions of euros later, the apartment was full of Ramones stuff and his girlfriend wasn’t too happy, so the collection had to be moved somewhere else. This was the best move, as now we can all enjoy it! You will see posters, ticket stubs, records, clothes, guitars and even an old entertainment centre that belonged to Joey Ramone back in the 90’s. The walls are covered in photos and although it’s a small place, you can take some time looking at everything.