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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

corner view // great outdoors // berlin, germany






berlin is a place with many contrasts, you have the dark and gritty places, the leafy squares with playgrounds and farmers markets, the big urban plazas, the underground, the trams and buses, the parks, the lakes, lots of old buildings but also big concrete slab apartment blocks. old people, young people, districts with very distinct and very different faces. that way, berlin is certainly no different to other big citys. but i love that it's so easy here to reach everything by public transport or bike. it'll take a while yet for me to get tired of it.

sometimes though, when i need a bit of green, i either take the s-bahn to one of the lakes in and around berlin, drive up to the baltic sea with friends or visit my parents who live by the north sea. if all fails - on my street, the sidewalks are very wide and many people have little make-shift terraces out there with tables, chairs and flower pots: i've got one, too. so friends come round, we'll sit outside, have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and chat with the neighbours passing by. 

in lieu of captions - i don't seem to be able to get my head around doing them 'properly':

top: a berlin 'terrace' on the sidewalk
next two down: breakfast at a friend's weekend house and the beach on usedom, an island in the baltic sea that's half german, half polish
bottom two: goats and sheep near my parents' home, having fun with my nephew

thanks as always to jane at spain daily for organising the corner views. take a look at other corners around the world:


25 comments:

april said...

dann muss ich doch gleich noch vorbeischauen bei dir :-) sehr, sehr schöne fotos. berlin von einer anderen seite. und du siehst so glücklich aus auf dem bild. ist das euer frühstückstisch? sieht total gemütlich aus. danke und einen wunderschönen tag wünsche ich dir*

B said...

I love the idea of an improvised garden in the street! That could never happen here! :)

state of bliss said...

I'd love to visit Berlin one day.

Thank you for sharing your corner; the photos are very beautiful and I absolutely love the goats on one of them!

Have a great day,
Kasia

Schanett said...

was für ein toller platz mit tisch und busch und schirm und eingang direkt ins haus!
und die ziegen, die kenne ich! das ist so eine mischung aus einer ursprünglich afrikanischen rasse, oder?!

bist das du?
da schliesse ich mich april an - siehst sehr zufrieden aus da drauf!

Jeannette said...

Ohhh, I love goats! How great that your parents have them as neighbours!
Great pic of you and your nephew....you can see the two of you had fun.
Have a great day, Jeannette

outi said...

That´s why i like Berlin so much! it´s so vivid and full of contrasts. but still everybody and everything fits there well. i have thought that Berlin is a city full of little villages. or that´s how i feel it.
so nice this view here. thank you, i enjoyed a lot!!

Joyce said...

I would love to have lunch at your garden table. Great photos! xoxo

C.T. said...

I'm so convinced now - after seen many pcitures from Berlin on other blogs - that I must visit that city once. It seem like a real meltingpot of .... everything?? thanks for sharing, X, C.

Ritva said...

i enjoyed this, thanks!
and say hello to your parents!
:)

Cabrizette said...

... thanks to make me travel again in Berlin !!! I would like to have a cup of coffee too ! Thanks for sharing. Xo

Kaylovesvintage said...

hi Berlin,like the beach basket

jane said...

Hey Kristina! Great post! Thanks for this- your city is on my short list of places to visit! Un beso-Jane

Kari said...

I like your corner view. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

isabelle said...

If we move to Poland (we will get the confirmation within few days ...) we will definitively visit your side ... beautiful corner !!

The Girl in the Yellow Shoes said...

I love it! Beautiful post! I would love to visit with all of the neighbors!

caitlin said...

Oh my.. that little lamby just stole my heart! Also that one playing in the grass is to die for!

Samantha S said...

Love the last picture. I love the contrasts.

Lisa said...

So beautiful and those goats are precious!

Kristina * said...

dear all, thanks for your lovely feed-back... everybody seems to love the goats - i'm afraid i don't know what breed they are, i just thought they were so funny. we spent a very long time watching them and had such a good time!

@ april & schanette: yes, that's me ... and we had such a great afternoon, so no wonder i was happy :)

MODsquad said...

Oh, I love all of these shots! Especially the goats!! They look like their up to something!! Happy Day to you!!

Kristina * said...

@ isabelle: do tell when you hear about poland - i'd really like to know! in any case i hope it's going to be a decision you are happy with! x

n a t s u m i said...

These are great photos! To have a brunch and some drinks with family and frineds in the garden is so lovely!

Thank you for your comment on my blog!
I think I rather use a small camera because I always carry around when I go out... My camera is not fancy one but I love it.. I always try to take some photos with different angles, so that way they don't come out so flat... btw, I love your photos!!

Kristina * said...

hey all - thanks again for all your comments! aren't we lucky jane is organising this corner view thing so we can travel the world each week?!

natsumi, you are too kind... i love your photos, too!

p.s.: i herewith promise to keep my eyes open for goats crossing my path, seeing you all like them so ;)

l i s e said...

beautifull corners, and very nice photos
thanks

malo said...

It sounds so idyllic. And the street terraces, it sounds so great!

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