Postmuseum | Museum Für Kommunikation Berlin

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Three giants of all life ages carrying the world designed 1895 in the then requested style of Historicism by Prussian sculptor Ernst Wenck who later went on to become a member of the Berlin Secession.

On the sides flanked by allegories of transportation and science having each their companion pointing to the emblem in the middle depicting the imperial eagle, making clear who enables them to strive. Originally the emblem was also headed by a crown which got removed after the war leaving an odd empty space in front of the giants’ pedestal.

The striking 6 meter bronze sculpture captured me on a stroll through Berlin after a visit of the Jewish Museum. It tops the entry of the Museum for Communication formerly named Reichspostmuseum. Built as the oldest of its kind as an add-on to the general post office to express the Prussian need to highlight their patronage of postal infra structure.

Ernst M. Hake, the other Prussian master architect for post office buildings after Carl Schwatlo was chosen to draft the building and construction took from 1893 to 1898 until the whole thing got finished. Between world wars the museum was closed down and when in 1944 heavy damage through bombs occurred, it seemed that doors would never open again. Curiously the bronze sculpture only disappeared in the 60s. I couldn’t quite track down why. There is only to guess that maybe Communist government of DDR did so in an attempt of political iconoclasm and as an persisting aftermath of being ashamed of 19th century monumental show-off architecture despite reinstating a heavy-handed visual language themselves. Apparently after a short craze at the end of the 19th century where strong men with globes on their shoulders became a sight on every major building people wearied very soon and got rid of the globes. Only few remain in existence till today.

Therefore the current giants are one to one replicas of the Historicist original. It took famous sculptor Achim Kühn 5 years to recreate the massive figurehead using a still existing smaller model as a guide. In 1997 eventually the finished sculpture was ready to be hauled on top of a restored “Postmuseum”.


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Silver Sunday | The Awesome Rings Of Agathe

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This is my friend Agathe’s hand sporting incredible rings in silver just in time for Silver Sunday!

We finally met last week at a fair fashion event where she talked about the lingerie brand Opaak which she founded. I know you already keep wondering, the beautiful brassière in these pictures is from Opaak.

All in all 4 minimalist rings but two a little more chunkier. On the left hand’s middle finger she has a thicker wire twisted around with a sphere attached, elegantly covering the ends. On the ring finger is Agathe’s engagement ring to be found, costum made by Continue reading

3 That Hit The Bottom | Honest Review Avéne Hydrance Serum – Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Hand Cream – Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

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I am not a finisher. Even sample size products like the two on the left of this picture I have a hard time using them up. That’s why all my storage space is overflowing with beauty and cosmetics which has never stopped me from buying or accepting even more.

So I was very pleasantly surprised when I actually used up three at once. Here is what I think of them in short: Continue reading

Personal Guide To Istanbul | Part 2 – Sightseeing In Sultanahmet

Sultanahmet

Whole Istanbul is covered with beautiful sites to explore but Sultanahmet is where you’ll be rightly headed as a first time visitor. Gorge yourself on the grand architecture of Byzantium and the Ottomans.

(Click here for part 1 – where to stay or here for the complete quick guide.)

Below are my top choices so you won’t only go to the Hagia Sophia and then end up lost at the Grand Bazaar. I kept it tight and manageable for a 2 day visit and there are links throughout the text to each monument’s Wikipedia page so you can find everything easily and get more information if you want to.

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Personal Guide To Istanbul | Part 1 – Where To Stay

On my last post I made a quick list of personal recommendations for Istanbul and how to get along there. As I promised to go deeper, now have fun reading part 1 and tune in next week for my top sight-seeing choices.

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Our view on the first day’s morning. In September it can be very cloudy in Istanbul.

First lets talk about accommodation. Coming back to a place nice and cozy after a day of exhausting sight-seeing is very important for me. Else I feel soooo drenched after the trip back at home.

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A Quick Guide To Istanbul

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Some sites will not be an option if it’s cold or rainy. So better go in the warm months.

Getting there

The city has two big airports. One in the west and one in the east. Both are convenient. Of course from Atatürk Airport on the European side you will get into the city in a very much shorter amount of time than from Sabiha Gökcen what usually lasts an hour but can take forever if there’s traffic. Now the best way to do so is with the shuttle bus Havataș called after the operating company. The busses wait right in front of the airport exits and are timed well. Board the busses head to Taksim square from where you will get easily to anywhere else. Don’t waste on taxi or private transfer unless you arrive on the hours at night where there’s no bus ( around 1 to 4 am).

Getting around

Obtain yourself an Istanbul Kart right on your first day. Look out for the sign. The card itself costs a few TL, can be recharged at every station and you need only one card even if you’re more people. It’s not only valid for subway or busses but also any other public transport like the ferries.

Where to stay

This is where we stayed last time. Right next to the building you’ll find a really amazing bakery with wonderful smelling bread, a butcher and a Turkish super where you can get good produce. The feel of the quarter is that of an old movie. If you choose another place but in the same area just be careful not to book anything too close to Taksim square and read reviews beforehand. A review by me of the specific flat we rented is also found under the link above. I loved the big, airy rooms and its historic flair. The all white interior spoke very much to me. On the site its stated that it’s a place for 4 but you can easily fit up to six in.


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Top choices for sightseeing: Hagia SophiaBasilica CisternTopkapi PalaceHippodrome (don’t miss out strolling around the back alleys. Here from the Mehmed Pasha mosque through beautiful crumbling wood houses you can reach the leather vendors quarter), Cemberlitas and the Grand Bazaar. Honorary mention: drink a tea under the arches of the old aqueduct like a local.

Food: Balik Ekmek at the waterside of Eminönu (the term means fish ‘n bread though the days of locally sourced fish at this spot are long gone).

Beyoglu

Galata

Sightseeing: Galata Tower

Coffee: Latife

Shopping: Hammam towels and scarfs at Yakto Ipek

Istiklal road

Shopping: all major high street brands

Food and refreshment: Shake Shack (fast food); The House Café; Kumpir; tea at Hazzo Pulo Pasaji.

Art: Misir Apartment

Drinks and Cocktails: 360° on the rooftop of Misir Apartment; Orient Bar Pera Palas, Lucca Style.

Sightseeing: Various embassy gates, Galatasaray, Church of St. Anthony

Cihangir + Cukurcuma

Art: Museum of Innocence

Shopping: lots of antique shops, second hand and Indie brands for clothing and interior

Coffee: Brew Lab, Müz, Meinl

Breakfast: Van Kahvaltasi (order Menemen with Sucuk, ask the waiter to let it cook through if you get easily ill on vacations though)

Lunch: Cukurcuma 99

Dinner & Drinks: Mellow; Cezahir

Wine: Solera Winery

Karaköy

Breakfast, lunch, dinner & coffee: Everything on Kılıç Ali Paşa Mescidi Sokak street (Baltazar for yummy and reasonable priced steaks); watch out for the Souq Karaköy food markets and bazars.

Dinner: Karaköy Lokantasi

Art + Sightseeing: Istanbul Modern; look out for the ottoman watchtower in the museum’s entry area

Nisantasi + Bebek

Shopping: Midnight Express Istanbul Concept Store in Bebek

Sightseeing: Rumeli Hisari

Coffee: Petra Topagaci (Nisantasi); Sold Abbasaga in Besiktas

Lunch: Soup and noodle dishes at Kaptasoupasta

Cocktails + Food: Moro Nisantasi

Party: Club Reyna (very posh though)

Ortaköy

Sightseeing: Ortaköy mosque.

Popular place to hang around in the evening. Eat Kumpir and waffles there. Shop a little silver jewelry which is made in the workshops there.

Kadiköy

Take a ferry to get there, for example from Eminönu.

Sightseeing: Haydarpasha Terminal

Coffee: Walter’s Coffee Roastery (very experimental and a must if you’re a fan of Breaking Bad)

Hangout: Moda Park

Food: Ziya Sofrasi

Prince Islands

Also to be reached with the ferries. Take a nice old one where they serve tea and have wooden benches from Kabatas. Plan at least half a day to a day if you choose the most visit worthy island Büyükada and prepare for the stench of horse excrements.

Avoid the carriages and take the path to right. You will have a hike almost for your own  with less smell but many cats accompanying. In the forest at the middle there is an awesomely spooky ruin of an Greek orphanage and at the end of the path the church of Aya Yorgi awaits you on top of a hill.

Food: Eat fresh fish and seafood at one of the seashore restaurants. They’re a little cheaper further away from the ferry landing.

 

Karl Schenker – Master Of Beauty At Ludwig Museum

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Karl Schenker was a very much acclaimed master of photography and illustration especially during 20s Germany who later lost his impact and died 1954 in London without much notice from society.

I often wonder how it must be to rise that high and then vanish into oblivion. We see this all the time with film stars for example. But in Karl Schenker’s case it touches me even more. We see a man with true skills, magician like, he achieves unimaginable artistry and because of changing tastes and technology demand for him declines up into nothing.

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At the beginning Karl Schenker had a Studio in Berlin where everybody from high society be it aristocrats or politicians came to get their portraits taken. He did everything himself and where he shined most was the post-editing process where Karl Schenker proved to be a master of retouching. The studio portraits were taken in the gloomy style of the decade but with his hands and a brush he managed to add feathery and glowing highlights. The subjects were manipulated to look better and in the end they appeared with slimmer noses and shined with soft radiance wearing pelts and feather boas from the picture. Continue reading