May 7, 2012

Back From Berlin


A few remnants from my trip: German magazines that feature the work of artist Edward Gordon, who I had the pleasure to finally meet in person; some note cards he gave me; a friend in NY surprised me with one of those great ceramic cups that I've always wanted; as you can see I've switched to coral YSL lipstick, and last but not least, consumed way too much chocolate...

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Last week I took a quick trip to Berlin and Dresden, and am readjusting to the time change this morning. On my way to Berlin I had a short stay in New York at Mondrian Soho, which is situated in one of my favorite downtown neighborhoods.


I arrived in time for a fun dinner and drinks at their beautiful downstairs greenhouse restaurant, Imperial No. Nine. If you read my last post, then you got a glimpse of the studio of Oded Halahmy that I visited the next morning after I met up with Markus Linnenbrink, another artist whose work inspires me--it was great to catch up as we share a common friend who passed away earlier this year. Then it was on to Berlin for a quick overview of the city and a fabulous dinner overlooking the city lights at Restaurant 44. Chef Danijel Kresovic, known for his innovative work with herbs came out to explain his dishes and it was fun to taste the new Restaurant 44 wines which will be debuting soon.


My time in Berlin went by like the blink of an eye. I stayed at the luxe and modern Swissôtel Berlin just off the Kurfuerstendamm in the heart of Berlin--for a coffee addict like me, having my own Nespresso machine in the room was a dangerous thing! While I was there I met up with Edward Gordon, who I've written about since he first began his daily painting series. It's hard to believe he's nearing his 2,000th daily painting and he was busy prepping for a show of larger paintings opening this Thursday (it's already pre-selling and the show hasn't yet opened). Thanks to Edward, who lent me his driver, I navigated my way over to the Gerhard Richter show, a retrospective that exceeded my expectations. There was also an extensive mid-century painting and sculpture exhibit happening downstairs and I was fascinated by the way in which the familiar material was curated with a European/German perspective. I had to run through much too quickly and could've spent hours there.

My creation

I spent the last part of my trip a few hours outside of Berlin at the new Hotel Swissôtel Dresden Am Schloss, which just opened in the centre of the historical old town in April. I loved the modern Swiss elements integrated into the decor of both the rooms and the luxe spa--a chic simplicity a world away from both East and West Coast American decor. One of my favorite architectural delights in any structure is the merging of contemporary with the the historical--in this case, the element of the bombed sandstone (which turns red in places) was left intact in the underground spa, giving the hotel a deeper integrity and context. A cool aside is that the Dresden magazine featuring Edward's painting on the cover was coincidentally in every room of the hotel!

p.s. You may have noticed that On PCH is back, and although my computer time was limited, I was able to get a post in from Berlin and Dresden. There's another new post today, so please swing by for a dose of pretty painterly color. As much as I can't wait to go back, I'm also happy to be home. I've missed you!

xo Mary Jo


The Dainty Dolls House said...

Glad you had such a wonderful time, it looks great!! I love toblerone :))Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :) xx

classiq said...

Welcome back, Mary Jo! I fully enjoyed this glimpse into your trip to NY and Germany. I loved so much my trip to Berlin last year that I definitely want to go back soon and visit Dresden and Hamburg too. xo
PS: Your Ritz Cove clutch has made it into another post on my blog. I told you I love your bag line. :)

MOSAMUSE said...

GREAT PHOTOS!!! happy u had an amazing trip in Berlin!
happy Monday!!!
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Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

hey mary jo! you've been busy! i'm loving these pics. how exquisite! i love various snap shots. so personal. all of the places are so beautiful. get some rest :)

Boye By Red said...

This sounds like a very good and succesfull trip Mary Jo. I love Berlin, it is one of the most exciting cities in Europe.

And that picture of a spa - looks like a little peace of safe haven.
Welcome back.

Red xx


What a trip you had! The Mondrian Soho is a fabulous hotel and one day I hope to get to Berlin.

Good luck readjusting! xoxo

Couture Carrie said...

Welcome back, darling!
Gorgeous pics... I need that Vespa!


Ann said...

Welcome back!
Lovely photos
I'm sure you've got lots more to share.

Alexis Grace said...

I am so glad you had a good trip (I actually felt personally invested in how it went! Had I not been crazed with moving etc, I would have been more helpful with suggestions!!!!) I love all your photos!

It is interesting seeing exhibits curated in different countries--- it just goes to show how much personal and cultural perspective can influence such things... said...

Wow, I love all these photo's and the spa room looks amazing..
I too, love coffee, but I drink it only 3 times a week the rest is tea in the a.m.....

Yes, I have to find out what is going on with my blog, have you ever been had this with yours?


A BRIT GREEK said...

Looks like you had a busy trip, great photo diary! The old town looks beautiful... Hope you had a great time!

Ellie said...

Wow this looks fantastic! The Mondrian is one of my favorite hotels in the city. It's so gorgeous. And the Pent House is insane! (I definitely didn't stay in the pent house--I was there for a video shoot ;)


Sabrina said...

These are such gorgeous photos! The architecture is absolutely amazing. I really like the interior details too, like the chandeliers. Aww, this makes me really want to travel!


Alexa said...

Welcome back Mary Jo! I love Berlin, what a fun city filled with so much history! I'd love to go back someday!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Very exciting times for you, Mary Jo! How thrilling, you jet setter, you! Staying in fabulous hotels is on my list of Favorite Things ... just love them. Glad you're back, thanks for letting us travel vicariously through you! ;)xo

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Fashion Tales.... said...

Berlin is such a wonderful city. I haven't been in a while. I always find great thrift items shopping there though! Glad that you had a great time. -xx Happy Monday dear and welcome back.

Glam Fashionista said...

Welcome back, and yes it is always good to be back home. Glad you enjoyed Berlin and New York.

Blond Duck said...

I love those braids!

Tudo Sobre Moda said...

Such nice pictures, love it!!!

Heather Fonseca said...

Missed you too Mary Jo! Lets have lunch again soon.

design elements said...

Gorgeous phoos, Mary Jo! so enjoyed these photos. welcome back



Cafe Fashionista said...

I absolutely love these pictures, Mary Jo - it sounds like you had a lovely time.

P.S. OBSESSED with your tote - the color is perfection! :)

dimitri said...

Welcome back Mary Jo !
Berlin is a beautiful and very interesting city.
Love these photos, they are really great. The first one is so nice.

Bonnie said...

Berlin looks amazing! I hope you had a totally awesome time. The pictures are beautiful.
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About Last Weekend said...

Oh so much goodness in all these pics and words, am going back to re-read. And so great seeing Berlin in a different light. When I was there recently I was mostly the inside of theatres and its lovely to see pics of the people and the beautiful buildings (and love that braid!)

Kimia Kline said...

looks like an aamazing trip! was in berlin this past december for the first time and loved all the art exhibits.

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

Looks like you had a great time! What a fun read on your travel adventures! I hope to be able to do this one day soon =)


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Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

LOVE the photos Mary Jo!!!!
Looks like you had a fabulous trip!!!
LOVE YSL lipstick!!!!

Fashion-Bridge said...

Nice to see Berlin from this side now, though your lens:) I'm glad to hear that you had a great trip (I also see it here, the pics are amazing!). And that the weather was nice! Any other travelling destinations?:)



Sarah Klassen said...

Welcome back, Mary Jo :)

I really enjoyed hearing and seeing bits of your trip—looks like a wonderful place to explore! (and great people to meet, too!)


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