Saturday

A very orange Berlin.

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I really can't stop thinking about Berlin and I feel this burning desire to get back there, so to tide me over I will post some colourful snaps. Everyday we consumed a silly amount of cola because there was just so much choice (not a cocoa cola bottle in sight). Café Cinema was down an alley we happened to chance upon in Mitte but we didn't really have time to fully explore the area so that's another one for our next visit. I think there was an open air cinema around there also so that will definitely be researched! We enjoyed the most amazing feast at Yellow Sunshine in Kreuzberg on our first day there. Thomas told me these fantastical stories about his visits there on previous trips so it was our first port of call. It did not disappoint our hungry bellies as portions were huge as you can see - pretty sure we both polished off all of our chips! I was a bit over-excited by the lifts I kept seeing on the outside of buildings - it all looked very futuristic to me. I have since read about the AquaDom which is now at the top of my list for next time! The last photograph was taken in a shop called VEB orange in Prenzlauer berg, a district that I loved. We couldn't believe it when we stumbled into this back room exploding with so much kitchen colour!

Friday

So far this week.

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Breathe in was absolutely captivating (I have to admit I have a real crush on Guy Pearce now). I, Anna was a good old thriller - you can't beat a bit of charlotte Rampling. The Apple was such a fascinating one - at first I didn't think I would like it but after sticking with it I was gripped by the story of these two sisters. Lost in Translation makes me feel all warm and fuzzy every single time. Sometimes I watch rubbish on Netflix and Thanks for sharing definitely falls in to that category. I felt emotionally drained after watching Like Crazy but I still really enjoyed it.

Thursday

So far this week.

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Going to keep up with on a regular basis - so here we go. A thousand times good night could have been better but I saw it in a great cinema in Stockholm so that boosted my overall enjoyment of it. Labor Day was actually really good. Love is all you need was just amazing - I'm a big fan of Susanne Bier so this made me very happy. The Past was another great one - again a wonderful director (Asghar Farhadi - watch About Elly and A Separation right now). I found Le Week-end just lovely - a great setting and brilliant characters! Carriers was really rubbish - but the other good films I saw made me not care!

Tuesday

So far this week.

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The title of this post is not technically correct. I watched all of these films at least a few months back, but my watch list has been getting longer and longer and my blog posting has become slower and slower. I am going to get up to speed though. Boyhood was such a wonderful watch, it certainly left me hungry for more as the credits rolled. Her was just brilliant and I really want to see it again. The Double was everything I had hoped for from this (a fantastic watch indeed). The Two Faces of January was sadly not all I had hoped for and I found it very underwhelming but with very pretty scenery. Under the skin was extremely disturbing in parts but a fascinating and strangely hypnotic watch. Ginger and Rosa was fairly entertaining I guess but nothing to write home about.

Stationary goodness in Berlin.

I never knew that Berlin had such amazing shops - in particular stationary shops. We compiled a list late one night of must visits and each one was fantastic. The first stop was Santokki (Pappelallee 82) in Prenzlauer Berg. It was full of amazing Korean goodies and even a cafe.
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Next stop was Das Goodhaus (Kastanienallee 101) which had some amazing homeware delights, great stationary and the most wonderful greetings cards. Such a beautifully curated shop.
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I was lost for words as we walked through the door to R.S.V.P (Mulackstr. 14) in Mitte. My first thought was - I want everything! I very carefully selected some notebooks, stickers for decorating envelopes to my pen pals and a few other bits. I have to admit I may have got a bit over excited when the glassine bag came out when it was getting packaged up. It was very reasonable in there and I did actually regret not buying double the quantity as I was slowly walking away from the shop (very slowly). I know that next time we visit I won't hold back so much. Buy buy buy.
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A few more highlights included Papiertiger (Schönhauser Allee 129) where I treated myself to a Leuchtturm1917 diary for 2015 so the days of the week are in German - I am determined to know a bit more of the language on my next trip. Also PapierConcept (Kastanienallee 11) was great for pads of paper and patterned cardboard storage boxes. Next time we definitely need to take two empty suitcases to fill up as one clearly wasn't enough.

Friday

Transparent.

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This was my favourite tv show of 2014. It's even up there in my top 5 all time favourite tv shows. I may have watched it twice and will definitely make it happen for a third time. I miss all of the characters when I'm not re-watching it and quite frankly I can't get it out of my head. Thankfully some kind person on spotify has made up a playlist with some of the wonderful tunes we are treated to throughout the series. Go find it on Amazon prime - you will not regret this!
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