If you want a cosy cafe-bar in a super-cool hotel whose complete hipsterness shouts ‘we stock soya’, this is your place. And if you want to take some nice photos over coffee like I did while I was there, it’s even more perfect.
Can you think of a single city as synonymous with über-cool street life as Berlin? On my recent trip to the erstwhile divided capital this coolness extended its grip to the elements, with a sub-zero snow-covering lending an extra dimension to the urban landscape.
Shooting in the snow with frozen toes kicking fresh drifts and tingly fingers clutching lens caps was a challenge and was nicely book-ended with indoor coffee-shop and hostel-culture photo shoots and geeky chats about everything from ISO to the harder to pin down eye required for composition.
You can be the judge of whether these images from my chilly afternoon mentoring sesh with Berlin-based and Aussie-born travel and documentary photographer Katrina James warm your cockles rather than leave you cold…
If you don’t fancy elbowing your way around your local high street this Christmas to stock up on the usual gifts, you still have time to take in one of the best of the European Christmas markets, to combine your Christmas shopping with a festive mini-break.