Author: Felipe Tofani

Our Visit to Krampnitz in August 2013

I decided to spend my last vacation days at the end of August going to places i always thought about going but never manage to go. The most interesting of all  those places was visiting Krampnitz. Since I moved to Berlin, my desire to go off exploring strange and abandoned places grew and that place would be better to explore than an old Soviet barracks? Inspired by some posts I’ve seen around, i had to quit planning and just go. I ended up spending two days there, I took hundreds of photos and got to see everything we expected to see there. I gonna tell it...

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Berlin Soviet Memorial: Treptower Park

The Berlin Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park is the biggest of the three war memorials the USSR left in Berlin after the end of the Second World War.  It was built to the design of the soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky as a memorial for 5,000 of the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who died in the Battle of Berlin between April and May 1945. It opened four years after World War II on May 8, 1949 and it used to serve as the central war memorial in East Berlin. When you walk around this war memorial, it is quite easy to...

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Guitars Museum in Umeå

Umeå can blame music for placing this northern swedish city in the world map. Bands like Meshuggah and Refused call Umeå home and they are not alone in this. The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Nocturnal Rites, Koma, Naglfar; we could be name dropping bands for quite a while here. But, this is not everything that you can hear in Umeå, the city has also been a base for the Norrland Opera, the opera of northern Sweden. And one of Europe’s oldest and among Scandinavia’s largest modern jazz festivals: the Umeå Jazz Festival. Fotostrasse visits the Guitars Museum in Umeå Last week, we had the...

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Berlin in 1990 In Video

Can you imagine Berlin in 1990? Now, you can see it on a series of youtube videos. The year was 1990 and the Berlin Wall had just fall. And somebody decided to go to Berlin and explore the city with his camera. As always, it is weird to see how much Berlin changed in the last 20 years. The friends on the video above seem to be in Berlin to see the The Wall – Live in Berlin, we believe. This concert happened in july 1990 in the empty space between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate, a place that was...

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North Korean food at Arirang in Wedding

UPDATE: THIS PLACE IS NOW CLOSED AND A NEW ARIRANG HAS OPENED IN KREUZBERG. HERE’S OUR POST ABOUT IT.   Sometime ago, we decided that we were in Wedding and, finally, try Arirang. We found out about this place a while ago but, it is not that often that we found ourselves going through the north part of Berlin. So, it took a while to try how different north korean food tastes. And it was worth it since, at least one of us, really enjoyed the place. But, first things first, what is north korean food? And, second, how can it be that we...

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Teufelsberg by the New York Times

We are not proud to say that we have never set foot on Teufelsberg. It is not that we don’t want to do it. It isn’t that. The problem we have with Teufelsberg right now is how it is being explored and you can read more about this on one of the best blogs about Berlin, Abandoned Berlin. But this post here is not about that. This post is to show this cool video we just saw from the New York Times about Teufelsberg. A video that shows what most people can’t see and visit when they go all...

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Umea, European Capital of Culture

Umea is the European Capital of Culture in 2014. But, what is that? European Capital of Culture is an annual EU event. The aim is to highlight Europe’s common cultural heritage and arouse an interest in the cultural richness that can be found in the EU countries. Umea did a bid for this back in 2008 and everything went smoothly. And now we are going to be there trying to capture what makes Umea one of the most interesting cities in northern Europe. When we said on our facebook page about Fotostrasse becoming something bigger in 2014, this is what we had...

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Finding JR in the streets of Berlin

Just before the end of the year, I was leaving work and walking toward Alexanderplatz when I saw a huge face on the wall of a building in ruins. When I realized I was looking at another work by JR in Berlin, I felt compelled to photograph what I saw and put on my flickr. If you don’t know JR’s work, we have to tell you that he owns the biggest art gallery in the world. And he owns that because his art is exhibit freely in the streets of cities all across the globe. He does it to...

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