MY HOMETOWN. I state it outright: Dresden is the most beautiful city in Germany. And if you haven’t been there yet – GO! It is only a two hour drive South of Berlin and makes for a wonderful day trip if you are visiting Berlin. Whenever I go back to visit friends and family, I fall in love with the city’s stunning baroque and rococo architecture over and over again. You can probably see from the pictures the overwhelming and stunning grandness of the old city center.
CHRISTMAS RECAP. I still have a few photos to show from Christmas, which we spent in my hometown Dresden. I usually make sure to visit at least two Christmas markets; the rather traditional (and commercial) ‘Striezelmarkt’, which dates back to year 1434 and is therefore one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, and the medieval market. The Striezelmarkt usually has two Finnish stands offering glögi and other Finnish delicacies, to which I turn in case of a very bad ‘I miss Finland’ situation. But actually, I prefer the medieval market because of its cosy atmosphere and the lack of pushy tourists.
BALTIC SEA. As a child I often spent my family holidays in Northern Germany at the Baltic Sea. The days there were filled with building countless sandcastles, collecting all sorts of shells and swimming in the sea hoping for the waves to get bigger and higher. Especially Rügen, which is Germany’s largest island, with its beautiful landscape, sandy beaches and lagoons, brings back very fond memories. Although I love the sea, I do not necessarily like lounging on the beach. Since I prefer my skin to be pale and try my hardest to avoid staying in the sun for too long, I am always opting for a shadowy place. This usually causes a lot of amusement amongst my friends and family. Sentences such as “Oh look! The ghost is approaching!” or “Lydia, you are paler than the sand on this beach – camouflage much?” are all way too familiar.
During our five days in Binz, we took advantage of the beautiful pier and Kurhaus for a shoot. It was usually completely packed during the day, so we opted for waking up early and shot during sunrise. I took the colours of the sea as an inspiration and decided to wear a cobalt blue jumpsuit, which I accessorised with gold jewellery. In retrospect I should have added a belt to give the outfit a bit more shape and to create a more put-together look. However, I think the photos turned out nicely and hopefully you agree.