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Around Berlin

You’ll certainly have lots of things to do in Berlin, but Brandenburg (the federal state around Berlin ) isn’t short of attractions to enjoy during your stay. Believe it or not, there are about 3.000 lakes in Brandenburg (Europe’s largest landscape of rivers and lakes), plenty of cycling and hiking routes, cozy markets, palaces, parks etc.

Here, the area around Klaistow, about 50 km South-West of Berlin, on a Sunday afternoon.

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Brace yourselves, the stars are coming

Dear Berlin visitors, watch out: in the period 11 – 21 February, you might meet a big bear with a lust for film and VIPs on the streets of the German capital. In fact, you won’t miss it even if you tried. It’ll follow you everywhere; every day; all day ūüôā

A week from now, the Berlin Film Festival, Berlinale, will be underway, bringing along pretty much half of Hollywood. So should you be around, don’t panic: it’s wild, but friendly and hospitable. And you can watch all movies on the big screens, since Berlinale is the world’s largest film festival dedicated to the public.

(Disambiguation: bear (EN) = B√§r /b…õňź…źŐĮ/ (DE) and Berlin’s symbol is the bear)

Many thanks to the Berlinale press office for the pictures!

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Dutch sustainable fashion in Berlin

After four full days of fashion frenzy, Berlin Fashion Week has come to an end. We’ve seen the usual VIP labels like MarcCain, Guido Maria Kretschmer and Baldessarini, in less than usual shows. We’ve seen fashion trade fairs and the latest collections exhibited in fancy locations, as well as in rundown buildings. After all,¬†January is not so bad in Berlin: Germany’s biggest fashion event makes winter bearable.

The Germans know it, since they say that there’s no such thing as “cold weather”, there’s only “unsuitable clothing”. Their neighbours, the Dutch, must know it as well. Otherwise their street fashion wouldn’t be so fancy and… suitable, both in winter and any other season, as I find it. Have you ever been to the Netherlands? They have this sense of freedom when they put clothes on. It’s like their outfits look random, but there must be some rule about it, since the outcome seems freshly cut out from Vogue magazine. I mean, Berlin doesn’t do bad when it comes to fashion, but I always thought that the Dutch have that certain something in their fashion concepts.¬†¬†¬†

And my theory has proven to be valid at the Berlin Fashion Week this year. Designer Elsien Gringhuis, who won the Createurope award in Berlin, the Mittelmoda in Italy and the Green Fashion Award in the Netherlands, put on a show with timeless, clean and minimalistic creations. Studio Elsien Gringhuis is a high-end sustainable label. They work with organic fabrics (GOTS certified), they reduce waste to a maximum and produce 100% local.

I’ll let you decide if you like the designs. This is definitely eye-catching¬†for me.

Photo credentials: Tse Kao