As Berlin’s long October evenings draw in, visitors turn out to see the city sparkle. Over 50 brightly coloured laser illuminations and firework displays light up landmarks including the Brandenburg Gate during the Festival of Lights.
From the soft golds bathing tree-lined boulevard Unter den Linden to the electric blue projected onto Alexander Platz’s TV Tower, the capital’s famous landmarks shimmer and shine. There are illuminations on all of the major squares, towers and attractions.
Snow. You either love it or hate it – and there’s plenty of it around at the moment to either love or hate.
Personally I love the stuff. From an aesthetic point of view snow is a great leveller; it turns a complicated view into a uniform vista of white, tidying the landscape – even in town; there never seems to be as much litter around when it has snowed.
Even the mundane becomes beautiful – from snow-topped lampposts to highlighted tree branches – everything takes on a slightly magical quality, even sinister looking speed cameras look acceptable with a jaunty topping of snow.
So here’s a quick poll, like me, do you love the white stuff? Or is it just a general nuisance?