Helmut Newton Foundation - must-visit, when in Berlin and when you're into photography. Amazing collection of Newton's original works and also many personal belongings like letters and clothings, behind-the-scenes videos and much more.
Must say it wasn't easy to stumble upon good-looking and inviting restaurants, so most of the times we opted for cheap and delicious falafel platters or wraps.
7 big falafel balls, hummus, salad and spices just for 4 euros, amazing..
Also paid a visit to the Estonian cafe in Berlin: Jää-äär
Klunkerkranich - very chill bar/cafe/outdoor cinema on the roof of some very random shopping mall. What a hidden gem!
My favourite club/bar we visited - Club Der Visionaere by the river with magical lighting and very good music
Last week I experienced something completely new for me - a real holiday in warm Mediterranean climate. We landed in Ibiza but instead of going to clubs and bars we got on a boat to spend the next six days on board going around the islands of Ibiza, Formentera and Mallorca. At first I was bit concerned and thought I would go mad from boredom with nothing to do. Oh how I was wrong... Days passed quickly swimming, sunbathing, fishing, jet-skiing, having the best food ever and witnessing countless of amazing sunsets.
Starting our trip from Ibiza, passing the Old Town
Evening near Es Vedra
the only clothes needed on board - bikinis and something to throw over
On the coast of Formentera, where there is supposedly the clearest and cleanest water for swimming
catching and eating raw sea urchins - a true delicatessen straight from the sea for free
even better with homemade Estonian black bread
Coast of Mallorca, San Telmo
Finished the trip again in Ibiza where we were struck down by landsickness. I didn't know such a thing even exists but after a week on the boat, being on a steady land again was rather challenging.
Tired of uneventful and cold summer in Tallinn, Liisa and I decided to buy flight tickets, find a cheap airBnB apartment and just spend a week in Berlin without any specific plans in mind. Our apartment (well, a room actually) was a jackpot, located in East Berlin, in Friedrichshain district, with all the nice cafés, bars and clubs in walking distance.
We started our Berlin tour from East Side Gallery, a 1.3 km strip of the original Berlin wall re-painted by international artists. To be honest, it sounds cooler than it actually is. I only saw a few noteworthy paintings.
Then we walked another hour in the middle of nowhere, seeing no restaurants/cafes whatsoever. This the thing about Berlin, 70% of the city looks deserted in terms of cool things to see. You could walk for hours seeing only industrial buildings and and block of apartments, with a rare exception of a döner kebab stall on a street corner. Luckily we ended up in Kreuzberg, another creative up-and-coming hipster area, and found a decent Vietnamese restaurant. Next days we actually gave up looking for cool restaurants and enjoyed our 4€ falafel and kebab boxes which in fact were delicious.
Mango lassis became our staple drinks in Berlin, they're found at almost every menu.
Prinzessinnengärtenin Kreuzberg - urban garden that used be a wasteland for over half century. In 2009, group of volunteers cleaned up the space and started a communal garden growing organic vegetables.
It's not just a garden though, in the evening they open a bar and a cafe serving vegetarian dishes. Such a nice atmosphere - people; young and old, dogs, children sitting under birch trees having a beer or pizza.
Around a corner of our apartment we found a district that looked exactly like Telliskivi Creative City in Tallinn (old factory buildings, railroads) only that five times bigger. They had countless of different bars and clubs, outdoor pool and cinema, table tennis area, motoclub and even a climbing wall. Every free space was covered with street art. As they say, Friedrichshain is a art gallery turned inside out.
somehow I have lived at least past 6 years without wearing any real blue jeans, always black and only black...and now I have switched sides again.
By fortunate accident I am now owner of men's jeans from Canadian company Naked&Famous that uses high-quality and most amazing rare denim fabrics produced in Japan. By rare and unique I mean blended fabrics like cashmere, silk, wool and camel hair denim. No fuss, just top quality denim and modern fits, no washes or embroidery.
/leather jacket - All Saints, sweater - Alexander Wang, jeans - Naked&Famous, shoes - Adidas/
Izakayas in Japan are a bit like wine&tapas bars in Spain, you sit by the bar, order beer and then a variety of small snacks like edamame beans or grilled meat on skewers. They are casual places for after-work drinking. The traditional red lanterns outside indicate that drinks and food are served on the premises.