Author: Felipe Tofani

The Only Place to Find a Lenin Statue in West-Berlin

If you want to find Lenin in West-Berlin, you will have to walk between trucks and factories in the industrial park south of Neukölln. It feels like Lenin is left out of the city but, somehow, I believe that he is in the right place. Far away from the tourists and close to the people who work in Berlin. This is the only statue of Lenin in West-Berlin, and it can be found in the parking lot of a transport company in an industrial park in Neukölln. The company is called Zapf Umzüge, and I’m still not sure about...

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These are our Top 5 Historical Places to Visit in Poznan, Poland

Before we went to Poznan for the first time, all the way back in 2014, we didn’t know much about the city. We did our research before visiting it but our vision of Poland was more focused on Warsaw than Poznan, and we realized our mistake when we started walking around the streets and seeing all the historical places to visit in Poznan. Poznan is considered by many people as the birthplace of the Polish nation and, because of that, it has more historical places than we could visit. Also, Poznan is one of the oldest cities in Poland,...

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Joseph Grimaldi Park in North London: where the world’s most famous clown is buried

On the way between my hotel and King’s Cross, there was a park. A park with a familiar name but one of those names that doesn’t ring a bell but that you still think you know what it is. The park I’m mentioning here is called Joseph Grimaldi Park, and it’s named after the person that many consider being the world’s most famous clown, the great Joseph Grimaldi. The first time I walked through the park to get faster to a subway station, all I could see were the gravestones that lay around a basketball court. I wondered about...

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The First Public Drinking Fountain in London

It might be hard for us to think that public access to clean drinking water wasn’t available to the masses until the middle of the 19th century. That was when The Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association was established in London, and they did something that nobody had done before. They opened the First Public Drinking Fountain in the world, and you can still visit it today. This is what I did back in February 2017 when I visited London for the first time in five years. I was in the city for a week, but I knew...

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Where to stay in West Berlin: 25hours Hotel Berlin

Our days at the 25hours Hotel Berlin an introduction to the best place to stay in West Berlin ; It’s not that usual for me to stay in a hotel in Berlin but, after I had heard my friend André from Viagem Criativa talking about the best place to stay in West Berlin, I had to find an excuse to stay at the amazing 25hours Hotel Berlin. So, there I was for a couple of days in January, exploring Berlin City West and enjoying what that part of the German capital has to offer. But, this time, I will...

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We Will Forget Soon: An Interview with Dario-Jacopo Laganá

A couple of days ago I sat down with Dario-Jacopo Laganá in Mitte to talk about We Will Forget Soon, his project to document the traces of the Red Army in Germany. I bought a copy of the book We Will Forget Soon, and we schedule a short talk since I wanted to ask him some questions about the places he visited and all the pictures that we took. We ended up talking for a few hours about his blog Elephant in Berlin, history, gentrification, our memories of the city and the relationship between the Soviet Union and DDR...

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The Smallest Police Station in Great Britain

The last time I went to London, I wanted to see something a little bit different than museums and restaurants. And this is how I manage to find the smallest police station in Great Britain. Yeah, this is for real and is located on the southeast corner of Trafalgar Square. If you have been to this square, there is a great chance that you already have seen this but… Since you didn’t know what were you looking, you just ignored it like everybody that went by while I was taking pictures of it on a cold February night earlier...

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Kau Manor: Our Stay in the World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel

Kau Manor used to be the best-kept secret in Northern Europe, but since it won the award for World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel in 2016, this fantastic Estonian hotel has been in the spotlight. We had the pleasure of spending two days and one night there in January 2017 and our experience was beyond amazing. And you can read about it below. Kau Manor can be found thirty minutes away from Tallinn, in the Estonian countryside. This boutique hotel is a much more than just a place to spend the night. Kau Manor is a nature reserve, art and...

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