Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Breaking the Circle: Saxon Switzerland - Sächsische Schweiz

Berlin is a rich city at a natural level: there are lakes and parks, a rarity for a great metropolis. In all this green, however, the mountains are surely missing.
Although the Brandenburg landscape is very pleasant, especially if you happen to make a car trip without hurry, there have been various attempts to diversify the flatness: Teufelsberg is an artificial hill built with the rubble of WWII, as are the Volkspark Friedrichshain and Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg.
Yet in Berlin you climb anywhere: in the trees, the bunkers in the industrial areas, even on FlakturmHumboldthain. But a mountain, where you can walk for hours to get out of breath at the top and enjoy a breathtaking view, is missing.

But for residents is not a serious problem: in two a half hours from Berlin by car there is a natural paradise that is called "Saxon Switzerland" (Sächsische Schweiz), where there are over a thousand scenic peaks reaching different altitudes.
The mountainous area, near the Elbe - the river that passes from Hamburg, Dresden and Torgau, where the Americans met for the first time the Red Army during WWII - is the goal of a strong German tourism and also a a discrete foreign tourism.
The best way to visit the area is to take a tent, set up a base camp at the foot of the mountain and then find more and different paths to reach the heights. For the lazy there is also a hotel on top.
Here they went artists belonging to the current of Romanticism, they left inspired by the wild beauty of this region. Among them the painter Ludwig Richter and the composer Carl Maria von Weber.
The most characteristic peak is the Bastei, with its Basteibrücke, built more than 200 years in wood and then replaced by a stone in 1851, along with a ruined castle and the town of Rathen and not far from here is the Königstein fortress, one of the largest hilltop fortresses in Europe.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Carneval Al-Lajiìn_Al-Lajiàat - Global Day Against Racism (20th March 2016)

By the decision of Chancellor Merkel not to put a numerical limit to refugees arriving from Syria, Berlin has become a very important place of aggregation, both for purely bureaucratic reasons and because the response of the Berliners was clear: "Refugees are Welcome".
In recent months, in addition to the initial reception assistance, in the city were born and are developing many projects that have to do with immigration and integration, real theme of the future of the country and of Europe in general.
March 20th, on the occasion of the Global Day Against Racism, was organized in the streets of Berlin Carnival "Al-Lajiìn_Al-Lajiàat", to celebrate the diversity against racism (in Germany the number of criminal acts and attacks against asylum seekers increased from 199 to 924 in a single year), both against the EU policies on immigration.
As specified by the organizers "Carnival has a longstanding tradition of resistance Carnival was once a place where societal structures were revealed and confronted. Carnival creates a culture of  laughing and creative resistance that confronts, the ruling system. With performances, dances masques, costumes, flash-mobs, music and spoken word [...]", for a real change of society and for the right to stay, as well as for the right to move, which is to be considered a human right.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Golden Hour of Berlin (Gallery)

Typically, lighting is softer (more diffuse) and warmer in hue. Shadows are relatively non-existent if the sun is below the horizon. When the sun is near or below the horizon, sunlight travels through more of the atmosphere, reducing the intensity of the direct light, so that more of the illumination comes from indirect light from the sky (Thomas 1973, 9–13), reducing the lighting ratio. More blue light is scattered, so if the sun is present, its light appears more reddish. In addition, the sun's small angle with the horizon produces longer shadows.

The images of this gallery are from Teufelsberg, Chemical Plant, DDR Uniforms Factory, Stalinbau, Einstein Tower and Mellowpark.

More infos: WIKI

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