The Karl Marx Allee was built as a magnificent socialist boulevard.  It was constructed by the former

German Democratic Repulic between 1952 and 1960 in Friedrichshain and Mitte in Berlin. It is one of

the major roads very close to where I am staying in Friedrichshain. It is lined with eight story high apart-

ment blocks, many designed in the wedding-cake style, the socialist classicism of the Soviet Union.  

There are also buildings designed in a more minimalist modernist style which I prefer. I really enjoy

cycling along this road as the architecture is incredible, so much glass.  Below are a few of the images

I have taken when I notice an interesting play of light between what is behind the glass and reflected on

the glass windows. 

 

BR1

 

Modernmeat

 

br2

 

br6

Łódź (pronounced Wootch) is an amazing and unique city in Poland.  It has a massive and turbulant history and is well known for its beautiful architecture that survived the wars, as well as a more brutal style of Soviet architecture, and its world class film school, and I'm sure many other wonderful things. I was taken out for a lightning tour and a beer by the lovely Bartol who has advised me to watch the movie the Promised Land which is based on a novel by the Nobel laureate Władysław Reymont. Something I shall look forward to doing when I return home.

 

lodz1

 

Lodz8

 

Lodz2

 

Lodz10.1

ref1

 

ref2

 

ref3

 

ref5

Subcategories