Week 36 – Indian Summer or Altweibersommer

As autumn rapidly approaches, every warm sunny day is welcome.

This was shot from the Nikolaikirche overlooking the old Town Hall to the high-rise blocks of flats in the distant Babelsberg Zentrum Ost.

Edit: Thanks Pete for correcting me! I always thought the other areas were sub-suburbs of Babelsberg.

f/16 1/40 ISO 200 @ 30mm

The Nikolaikirche (Potsdam)

Week 4 – A Blast from the Past

Karlshorst (Berlin) is the latest “in” urban location for the alternative “new” Berliners (after Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain). Whilst the infrastructure, amenities and general standard of living begin to improve, and the rents increase, it is easy to forget that the district has a very special past.

After the unconditional surrender was signed by Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel on the 8th of April 1945 in Karlshorst, the war in Europe came to a close.

On the 10th of November 1949, it was here that the Soviet administration issued the official mandate for the formation of the new East German state, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik.

Twenty years after the collapse of DDR and the exit of the Soviet troops, Karlshorst now prepares for the new invasion of Starbucks, IKEA, organic supermarkets and Montessori / Waldorf schools.

Russian T-34 (Calibre 85mm) Tank – f10 1/40 ISO 200 22mm