This journey ended up to be so spontanous we just stop planning for more than 4 days in advance. And so we did when we decided to spend 3 more nights in Prague. At the end of the day there is nothing waiting for us at home… except the anxiousness to come out with a new travel plan.
Doing so, we had the time to discover Prague even more and another reason for that was Designblock 2019 that offered us more information about the local fashion industry and the focus of local designers and exponants on sustainability – which I must add, has surprisingly increased.
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The moment came when we had to say our goodbyes to Prague and as we started to drive away towards our next destination, Berlin, we (spontanously, as mentioned before) decided to make a short stop in Dresden.
That was a moment that surprised me. Of course I knew about the beauty of Prague, saw Budapest before, heard lots about Bratislava, but Dresden?? Managed to leave me speechless. Such a nice surprise!
A busy weekend was waiting for us in Berlin. We met with friends, found several interesting designers and had one of the best culinary experiences. Luckily for us we saw the Festival of Lights Berlin as it was taking place while we were there… but let’s take it one step at a time.
Our first stop in Berlin was the Gaijin Hotel that offered us such a unique experience and tought us how to live like „The Last Samurai”.
I am always happy to see that in my industry people are producing and consuming more consciously. But seeing this mentality in other fields makes me even happier.
Gaijin Hotel values sustainability and focuses on the essentials: Luxury that is not wasteful. Spent 3 nights that taught me so many things like – strangers don’t always stay strangers or that I could live with less possesions and that a healthy breakfast spent in good company could give you more energy than the hours slept; and most important, I found out that there is a bed so comfortable that only god knows how hard it was to leave behind. Gaijin means ‘stranger’ in Japanesse, so I have to say I am happy we didn’t remain strangers with the staff of the hotel whom I thank for the entire experience.
During our stay there, we were happy to meet Anne Kirchhoff, a promising emerging designer and find out about her techniques for a more sustainable future. Here is me wearing her outfits:
Coming back to the culinary experience I previously mentioned… Prepare yourself for the pictures that are about to come, and please do not hate me for this.
I told you not to hate me! Blame Coda restaurant Berlin for your feeling right now.
A unique fine dining journey, a modern dessert cuisine, a combination of tastes that made me and my team quietly enjoy our lovely dinner. We felt the great energy of the place as we entered and the staff was more than nice to us. After 9 courses (yes…9 delicious courses) it couldn’t end better than with a tour of the kitchen and more explanations of the concept behind. Sugar free even if it is a dessert restaurant after all, with lots of vegetarian options, drinks pairings and lovely vibe, Coda restaurant managed to bring this experience to another dimension.
Now that I opened your apetite, let’s talk fashion!
Went to Studio 183 where we found some great designers, lots of information about the local market, interest in sustainability, craftmanship and others. Won’t say more, I only want to tease you a bit before the documentary comes out.
While in Berlin we met with dear friends and spent great time together.
This is Cricss, a #feericdesigner that showcased about 5 years ago and we’ve been friends ever since.
Probably one of the few times we had the chance to chat for so long with Raoul, as we always met us during fashion weeks when time is very limited.
But after half a day spent together I guess we are on the right track.
I was only once before in Berlin for just one day and I am greatful I now had the time to discover and enjoy it more.
The fact that Festival of Lights Berlin was happening was also helpful because most of the roads were closed so our night walks became even more appealing.
Because we learned our lessons with Dresden when we came to understand small cities could have such a big impact, we decided to make a stop also at Sanssouci castle on our way to Antwerp, our next destination.
There is nothing to be added other than this images.
Being a traveler I came across lots of castles, palaces and so on. On the other hand, as I saw many places already, it is hard to still be surprised… or at least that’s what I used to believe. Now I take that back!
And as if wasn’t enough we arrived in Antwerp. But not before a quick stop in Hanover:
Tired after half a day spent driving, all we could dream of was jumping in bed at U Eat Sleep Hotel… but when we parked our car and saw the beautiful area it was located in we had to take a walk around. Worry not, we caught up for lost sleep and got fully recharged for the next days.
Still have some hours left to enjoy the city so I will keep you posted with how it ended up. Meanwhile… could you guess our next destination?