Author: Felipe Tofani

Stary Browar: the Most Beautiful Shopping Center in Europe

Stary Browar, in English Old Brewery, is an arts, business and shopping center in the center of Poznan. The place is a mixture of retail space and art gallery, based on the 50/50 concept created by Grazyna Kulczyk. This way 50% of Stary Browar should be used as an Art Space and the other 50% as a normal shopping center. This way you can experience art in everyday situations.   Since we were staying a block away from the Stary Browar, we have to say that we enjoyed this place way more than we expected. At first, we thought...

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Checkpoint Charlie: Why you shouldn’t visit it

Every city may have a tourist spot that some people hate it. Mine is the Checkpoint Charlie in Friedrichstrasse. And, since the place is a block away from where I work, the hordes of tourist going there every day remind me of how silly it is to visit the place. My hatred towards the place started the first time I came to Berlin, back in june 2011. Like most people that visit Berlin for the first time, I had this basic plan of what should I see in the city and  was a part of it. This is why...

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Buchstabenmuseum – the Museum of Letters

Berlin, a city known for it art scene and world class museums, needed to have something like the Buchstabenmuseum. The Museum of Letters, like it is known for some people, is place to preserve, restore and exhibit signage from Berlin and around the world. If you are a typography lover like me, you are going to love the place. I was there back in May for the opening of On the Wall – Lettering versus Calligraphy and I manage to find time to explore the museum and I was more than happy with it. The pictures here are a...

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Poznan – the Birthplace of Poland

Poznan is seen by many as the birthplace of the polish nation and this is one of the many reasons why we decided to explore it during this week. We have a few days off of work and we are going to spend it exploring everything about this town steeped in history. Poznan is among the oldest cities in Poland and is seen by many as one of the most important centers in the early Polish state in the tenth and eleventh centuries. The city center used to be in Ostrów Tumski, a natural island on the Warta river. Some people...

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Visiting the Ruined Bunkers in Wunsdorf

It was the end of April when we went to Zossen and Wunsdorf the see some old bunkers there. I came across this bunkers while I read Berlin: The Downfall 1945 by Antony Beevor and decided it would be a good place to spend an afternoon. After some research, I realized that the place is now a museum and you can book bunker tours and this is what we ended up doing. Wunsdorf is a quite unique location since there isn’t any other place where a german kaiser, Hitler, and the soviet military left their mark. Wunsdorf, Military City...

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Flugzeughallen Karlshorst

Flugzeughallen Karlshorst lies somewhere in Karlshorst, an area of Berlin not famous for its tourist spots. But they are famous for some things and most of them are related to the end of the Second World War, since there was the place where the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany against the allied forces was signed on the 8th of May 1945, and the following Cold War. This is where you can find the German-Russian Museum but we didn’t go all the way to Karlshorst for that. We were looking for the Flugzeughallen Karlshorst. What is the Flugzeughallen Karlshorst? Back in 1911, a small airport was...

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On the Wall – Lettering versus Calligraphy

With their blog Lettering versus Calligraphy, Martina Flor and Giuseppe Salerno became famous on the typography world. There, they battle with individual letters in various styles and forms to show the similarities and differences between drawn and handwritten fonts. We were at the Buchstabenmuseum for the opening of On the Wall – Lettering versus Calligraphy and we took pictures of everything. And you can see them below. As a designer who loves typography, I can say I’m a big fan of what they do in Lettering versus Calligraphy. I tried to learn how Martina Flor does her lettering in...

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Where to Eat in Berlin: Sudaka

Sudaka is a south american restaurant located in a street filled with trees in Schöneberg. As a brazilian, I can say that they are the only place I would recommend to my friends if they want to try a little bit of what is the Brazilian cuisine. If you happened to stumble upon this place while walking in the neighborhood, I doubt you would image what happens inside the place. But I am pretty sure the amazing smell of food would grab your attention. Amazing food is what you get when you visit Sudaka, my favorite restaurant in Berlin. The...

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