October Highlights

Let me start with an explanation, of about where I have been this entire month.

I was here, I was there, I was nowhere. I was so busy that I had actually no topics to share, so I left this space to better times, like right now, the monthly favourites.

This month is a good one, especially for my obsession over a radio podcast, Serial. Find everything HERE

As usual, we begin with a playlist, click on my dog to start!

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Enjoy and bring joy with you, always.

Val

September Highlights

NoOoOoOoO! It’s already the end of September!

Autumn is here, my time to write the blog has gone with Summer, I reckon.

I have been too busy sorting out my life, my apologies for not preparing the monthly favourites. A consolation? Check the past 8 posts all in one page, The Playlist.

Not enough? Ow, you really want me to feel bad, don’t you? Ok, here is the -at least- the playlist I prepared with my fave songs. Enjoy the tracks!

P.S. In few days check back the Playlist page and you’ll find all brand new suggestions for flowers, food, arts, movie, radio podcasts, tv series and more!

Berlin. Lights and Politics.

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There is a wonderful, free event at the Bundestag in Berlin, going on every evening at 7:45pm since the beginning of Summer, ending October 3rd.

October 3rd, does it ring a bell? It’s Tag der Deutschen Einheit, the day to celebrate the German reunification.

A friend of a friend brought attention to a film and light show along the river Spree, and curious to see I brought my camera along. What I saw what beyond expectations, a nice 30 minutes  journey through parliamentary German history, from the Reichstag to the Bundestag, across the facts that changed Germany (the crisis, Nazism, war, the wall and its fall ’til the modern days).

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I am not a German citizen, but I have been living here enough to tell the good and bad of it. Not by any mistakes, the fact to have the possibility to be involved with such an important yet elusive element like politics is a sign of civility: It’s a sign democracy is working here.

There is nothing better than education and promotion when well explained, in a clear, catchy way; not to forget for free too. I found the event an excellent way to remember people the importance of politics, moreover the importance to vote.

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The show is subbed in English and always accompanied by famous German songs. The part about the Fall of the Wall was really entertaining and also quite moving, I must admit.

Here is a video:

Thanks Deutscher Bundestag for the pleasant event.

HEY! You are still on time to watch it, more info: https://www.bundestag.de/grossbildprojektion

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Salzburg

Salzburg smells like chocolate. And music. And mountains. Yes, Salzburg smells good.

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The beginning and end of my weekend in Salzkammergut was this lovely city, lying on the Alps; It’s pretty spectacular to land there and see exactly how the white city is perfectly stuck in between the valley. Another striking fact is how brilliant clear are the colours chosen for the city centre: the facades are white, pink, light green: a crisp, pearl, elegant colour.

You can feel history knocking at your door from the first step you take.

Schloss Mirabell is a great example to get you in the mood of Austrian grandeur. The baroque palace and its exquisite “giardino all’italiana” are a delightful place to visit, just to stroll around while getting to the city centre from the train station…don’t miss it!

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Old Town- not by chance in the World Cultural Heritage- gathers a very intimate atmosphere based in the history: fortresses, palaces, residences, restaurants, don’t you fancy a bit of ‘700-‘800s glamorous baroque life you too? Everything inspires to the good old days: in front of Mozart’s birthplace you can tell the power of the past.

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What a fabulous  place to visit!

Walk across the streets, relive the best through the symbols, like the markets, or the musicians and artists in the main square, Salzburg impressed and amaze me.

  •  Downvote: the cathedral was packed like a Christo artwork (sadly just works going on the facade)
  •  Upvote for: the view from Hohensalzburg Fortress
  •  Bonus point: great angles to take pictures, as you can see here below…
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At one side of the cathedral.

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The Fortress over Old Town

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Interesting corners to take pictures at

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Quirky spots

Hooked? Check more pictures from my getaway weekend in Salzburg here: www.flickr.com

Even more hooked? Here’s the official website to get more info and start planning your trip: www.salzburg.info/en

And don’t forget a proper background music!

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August Highlights!

Hello lovely people.

It is, again, the end of the month. Almost the end of the Summer too, so double meaning.

New exciting times and changes are coming, more layers on too. I can’t wait for Autumn to start, maybe bar the rain, but I’ll live to moderately embrace that too. Bring it on! Under “Playlist” you can find a new fine selection ’bout what impressed me this month: flowers, movies, books, radio, etc.. We start with a brand new playlist.

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A very peculiar mix this month: I took some of my favourite songs listened on Youtube, (especially this lovely demo song by Henry Hall for a great Casey Neistat’s video – he’s a filmmaker from NYC, go check him out if you don’t know him!), podcasts like Song Exploder and This American Life. I believe it’s an interesting mix, let me know what you think. To start to listen to and read of other monthly favourites just click on the picture or directly HERE.

Enjoy and bring joy with you, always.

 

Val

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Brackets 2014

I have been a busy bee juggling life, work and guests. My sister’s visit was a great pretext to be a tourist in my own city, Berlin.

At the end I enjoyed it, even Alexanderplatz.

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Next chapter: monthly favourites, followed by Salzburg. Stay tuned, like these two dudes below might do, see their huge smiles… 0_0

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Salzkammergut: Gmunden, Altmünster, Pinsdorf

Bish Bash Bosh.

I really wanted to start with a meaningful intro: Take it as a mantra, as a healing message, as a childish refrain.

Yes, I had a bit of a children regression, back last month in Austria. The reason why I visited Salzkammergut was not properly the photography sessions I was blessed to do, but for a last-minute competition among twin towns. We had a battled weekend visiting places and lakes and people, eating meat in every way (no pun intended, maybe), not seeing vegetables for 3 days (except Pommes Frites, of course), and losing frantically in every competition against an Austrian and a German delegation. Camp of the battle: world-renewed Sportzentrum Pinsdorf.

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I teamed up with my Italian former town delegation, and at the same time felt pretty German and pumped for the World Cup happening that same weekend, the pleasure of not being a tree, but a moving human (I can choose new roots). During the games we lost with no dignity, like at all. But Germany crashed France that same day, so I was pretty satisfied.

Two Highlights I’ll keep on my heart: the first one, to play darts while sipping a fresh beer that my dad bought me (very lady-like, very me)> Hey, holding a beer while throwing the dart gave me indeed balance; the second one, to try, fail and love Eisstockschießen on asphalt. It’s curling, but way germanistically cooler.

After the sweat and tears and other meat, we got to visit also a little bit – too briefly – the Traunsee area, including a mid-altitude wander in the woods. Here some story-telling in pictures for you.

From the cable car

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Traunstein Forest

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MORE PICTURES OF THE TRIP AVAILABLE HERE: www.flickr.com/photos/60353299@N08/

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