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As it was so hot yesterday I stayed hidden from the world most of the day and caught up on emails, wrote  postcards and read while staying indoors. But in the late afternoon I needed to stretch my legs and decided to take a walk around Friedrichshagen, the suburb I am staying in.

Founded in 1753 by King Friedrich II of Prussia it came into it’s own in the early 1900s and the main boulevard, the Boelschestrasse, is lined by beautiful old art nouveau houses, all beautifully done up. However if you wander down a few side-streets you will find some typical East German Plattenbauten, flats build out of big concrete slabs, and some run down houses.

This combination of old and new, pretty and run down is the perfect playground for my camera and I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I did taking them. (PS. sorry there are so many, just couldn’t decided)

church square

church square

happy (a little out of focus) sunflower

happy (a little out of focus) sunflower

thanks for slowing down retro sign

thanks for slowing down retro sign

hand-painted flower

hand-painted flower

not sure this a bunker?

not sure this a bunker?

decorative houses

decorative houses

peeping-me

peeping-me

on an old door

on an old door

conker heart

conker heart

lace-like stucco on the houses

lace-like stucco on the houses

I wonder how lives here

I wonder how lives here

some pretty graffiti

some pretty graffiti

I love the colour

I love the colour

retro-gum, haven't seen these in ages

retro-gum, haven’t seen these in ages

metal ablication

metal ablication

even the airvents are kind of pretty

even the airvents are kind of pretty

squatting lion

squatting lion

more floral decor

more floral decor

another door

another door

window shutter flowers

window shutter flowers

love the combination of wood and metal

love the combination of wood and metal

the tram, sound of the  city

the tram, sound of the city

modern still-life

modern still-life

open window

open window

balconies on the Plattenbau

balconies on the Plattenbau

like a n UFO

like a n UFO

creative pot

creative pot

more urban gardening

more urban gardening

olddoor_green

rusting metalwork on a balcony

rusting metalwork on a balcony

balcony metal2

old brick work in need of TLC

old brick work in need of TLC

thinking of my mum and her green fingers

thinking of my mum and her green fingers

outside the school

outside the school

grave yard art-work

grave yard art-work

green lattice

green lattice

 a happy Bacchus

a happy Bacchus

old window

old window

even some Egyptian influences

even some Egyptian influences

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