- Created: 29 August 2014
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.
- Created: 17 August 2014
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.
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