The Architecture of Berlin

There were many things about Germany that surprised me. The friendliness of the people. How the countryside looked just like the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, where I’m from. The way in which every city seemed a place unto itself, each so different from all the others we visited.

Berlin was the most strikingly different city. I’ve never been anywhere like it, not in Germany or anywhere else. My boyfriend called is a modern-day Paris, and I think he’s right. The city has great and terrible histories – the marks are everywhere. Buildings are riddled with bullet holes. Triumphant gates and columns. Small golden squares sit deep in the sidewalk, remembering those who were taken from their homes. A modern building hugs and supports a destroyed church. In fact, modern buildings seem to hug and support the whole city. There are so few historic buildings left, especially downtown. The city seems to be endlessly being restored and rebuilt, and it gleams with the bright reflection of glass and color. Bouyant structures are everywhere.


The beautiful, hyper-modern train station.
The beautiful, hyper-modern train station.

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A bridge connects two government buildings, high above the street.
A bridge connects two government buildings, high above the street.


Glass and sky for miles downtown.
Glass and sky for miles downtown.


One of the gorgeous government buildings along the river Spree.
One of the gorgeous government buildings along the river Spree.


One of a string of courtyards in East Berlin surrounded by beautiful buildings with tile facades.
One of a string of courtyards in East Berlin surrounded by beautiful buildings with tile facades.


Taking a boat tour on the river Spree was one of the highlights of our trip, and was a fantastic way to see the city.
Taking a boat tour on the river Spree was one of the highlights of our trip, and was a fantastic way to see the city.


Another government building, right near the Reichstag.
Another government building, right near the Reichstag.


More glass, more sky, near Tiergarten.
More glass, more sky, near Tiergarten.

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The Architecture of Berlin

900 Feet

New York City is a place that I pass through frequently, but barely get to spend any quality time in. This was true once again last week when I traveled home for a friend’s wedding. Only an hour and a half Wednesday, and the same on Sunday. What can you see in the city in that amount of time? Not much. It’s hard to escape the crush of Times Square and the accompanying tourists when travel takes you to both the Port Authority and Penn Station. The city becomes neon and paper, with billboards and brick clouding the sky. But if you look closely, there are still striking views to be seen. All the following photos were taken within one block (which, according to the all-knowing Wikipedia, is typically 900 feet long in Manhattan).

 

buildings

 

side of a building

 

building facade

 

photo of NYC

 

photo of NYC

 

photo of NYC

 

And because it is New York . . .

a bicycle in New York

900 Feet

SoWa Open Market

Every Sunday during the summer, a few parking lots in the South End of Boston are overtaken by arts and crafts vendors, a farmer’s market, and a vintage market. These markets, plus bevy of food trucks, make up the SoWa Open Market. Today was summer perfection: high 70s and sunny, the perfect weather for a trip down to the South End.

a view of the South End of Boston

The walk from Back Bay to SoWa took me through one of my favorite parts of the city. The brownstones are reminiscent of those in New York City, and the area has a calm that isn’t found in most of Boston. People were out walking their dogs, spending time with family, and enjoying the sun. The light was fantastic.

a roof with a garden framed by the sky

doorstep

doorstep

person framed by an open window

The market was busy when I arrived and I was tempted by the many different jewelry stands, but I spent most of my time in the vintage market. The colors and textures were what most caught my eye:

vintage fabric

vintage fabric

two vintage chairs in front of a brick wall

leather shoes on a wood floor

If you’re in the market for anything vintage, hand-crafted, or fresh from the earth, definitely check out the SoWa markets. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Information on SoWa Open Markets

SoWa Open Market