Berlin is a city as famous for history as it is for its lively artistic subculture scene. The underground art scene sprung up as a reaction to the repression from the political landscape of the city as an outlet for individualistic expression. When the east and west united in 1990, the east ended up with many vacant buildings, which paved the way for artists to move in and build studios and clubs.
The best way to explore the underground art scene of graffiti, street art, punk rock, music, and nightlife is through an Alternative Berlin Tour. The tour was lead by a local who took us through East Berlin to find the underground artist spots including East Side Gallery on the Berlin Wall, street art by Blu, and the Urban Spree.
Alternative tour of Berlin Vlog:
We stay in a retro, GDR themed hostel called "Ostel" located in East Berlin, which is a fun way to get into the spirit of the history.
Ostel Hostel - Berlin: ► ► https://www.bit.ly/Ostel
Here are some of the top places to view art in the city:
1. Berlin Sign at the Hauptbahnhof:
2. East Side Gallery - This gallery is a memorial for the Berlin Wall that now displays some of the most famous Berlin artwork, including the Fraternal Kiss below.
3. Hackesche Hofe - An alleyway filled with street art, including the Anne Frank mural.
What is your favorite part of the art scene in Berlin? Comment below!
Did you know that you can hit the beach, go island hopping, enjoy serene nature, and explore Caribbean-clear waters - all within the U.K? We discovered exactly that with our recent trip to the Isles of Scilly. The Isles are truly a retreat from bustling city life. Located only a 45 minute boat ride from Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly are a laidback getaway filled with nature, boating, beaches, and even some of the best action sports.
Here are the top things to see in the Isles of Scilly:
To get to the Isles of Scilly, you can either fly or set sail from Penzance harbour in Cornwall. You can ﬂy with Isles of Scilly and enjoy breath-taking aerial views of this beautiful cluster of islands from the comfort of your Skybus plane. Flights from Land’s End take just 15 minutes or half an hour from Newquay, and operate all year round from Monday to Saturday. To book your journey, phone 01736 334220 or visit www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk
Book your ferry journey here:
Bryher Campsite - The most scenic place to stay is the Bryher campsite which includes ready-make camping tents with a scenic view of the ocean.
The Isles of Scilly have one of the most temperate climates in the UK, which make for the perfect beach vacation. Palm trees even grow near the shores and the sand is pure white. Check out the beach at Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly:
Tresco Abbey Gardens: The Isles of Scilly are known for their flower exports and the Tresco Abbey Gardens are beautifully landscaped with exotic plants from around the world, including pine trees and palms.
One of the best activities on the Isles of Scilly is the Otillo Swimrun. The course is a world series hosted in different locations, and draws an international crowd. It is the best way to enjoy the adventure of the island and compete at the same time.
Sign up for the Otillo Race here:
Have you been to the Isles of Scilly yet? Comment below!
Cartagena is one of Colombia's most vibrant cities, located along the Caribbean coast. The city is an hour flight from Bogota, and 30 degrees warmer and 100x more colorful. As soon as we landed, we were greeted by tropical humidity and rain.
We drove along a scenic coastal road with the Caribbean Sea right outside the window and epic cumulous clouds along the horizon. The beach was packed with tourists and locals alike, many oblivious to the rain as they continued their beach activities. To our left was the Old Town, a UNESCO site noted for the historic fortress walls that span blocks, if not miles. Ahead, we saw towering clusters of glass skyscrapers which reminded me of Hong Kong on the beach. Cartagena is a city of contrasts, excitement, and culture and we couldn't wait to dive in and explore.
Welcome to Cartagena!
Top places to photograph in Cartagena:
1. Bocagrande - The modern metropolis, filled with hotels, beaches, and restaurants.
2. Isla Baru - The beach getaway, 40 minutes by car from Cartagena.
3. Cartagena Old City - Colorful doors, old walls, and cobblestone streets.
4. Catedral De Santa Catalina De Alejandria
5. Cartagena Old Town - The Old City is walkable and filled with Spanish beautifully preserved colonial architecture.
6. Castillo San Felipe de Barajas - The old city walls span the perimeter of Cartagena and offer amazing views of the city.
The castillo is one of the best places to photograph and enjoy the ocean views.
7. Plaza de San Pedro Claver - Historic plaza filled with Spanish architecture.
8. Calle San Andres - Beautiful street filled with colorful flags.
9. Musica - A trip to Cartagena is not complete without music and dance! If you hang out in the Old City long enough, you are bound to encounter talented musicians and dancers.
10. Street Art - Cartagena is filled with street art around the city. The best way to see it is via the Biking Tour.
What is your favorite thing to see in Cartagena? Comment below!
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