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woensdag 7 oktober 2009

Corner view "Souvenir" Potsdam-Berlin

For Jane's Corner View, on the "Souvenir" theme proposed by Epe.


The East German pedestrian traffic light symbols, in German ´Ampelman´, are typical for Berlin. There a Ampelman shops where you can buy anything under the sun with the Ampelman logo.
Although I like my souvenirs to be vintage I find these bags rather nice.


Buddy Bears can be found throughout Berlin, usually on the sidewalks in front of their owner's business or office. The miniatures of these can be bought as souvenirs

As Kristina already wrote, there are lots of souvenirs to be bought in Berlin. You don´t have to look far to find a souvenir shop. I´m not a big fan of those. I like to buy something vintage to remind me of a city I´ve been to.
As the Berlin Zoo booklet, the vintage Berlin Bear and the Berlin Fernsehturm.
(The Fernsehturm (German for "television tower") is a television tower in the city centre of Berlin and is the fourth tallest freestanding structure in Europe with 368 meter.)


In our house most of the things have a story. And sometimes we play the guessing game.....do you remember where we bought this?


These two were a gift from Mark. Every weekend there is a art-fleamarket at the Museuminsel in Berlin and I fell in love with these. As a surprise he bought them for me.
So for me the best souvenirs are always the memories that come with them.

If you want to have a great trip around the world to see the souvenirs from other Corner Views, make sure you visit Jane of Spain Daily, she´s the one who started this all! Look in her sidebar for the other participants.

40 opmerkingen:

  1. Oh i do love the little ampelman! My last trip to Berlin was back in 1991 and my souvenir then was a chunk of the Berlin wall. I need to go back!

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  2. My souvenirs are a lot like yours - especially for the memories attached to them - thanks for sharing!

    (my CV is HERE)

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  3. O, o, ik wist het wel... Die prenten in de lijstjes passen zo goed in jullie woning. Je zult zien... een kaartje dat bij je zending ligt, in kleur dan wel, je zult wel zien... :D
    De grapjas van de Post heeft wel mijn kunstige maaksels een beetje om zeep geholpen door er een grote plakker overheen te kleven. Nou ja, als het allemaal maar toekomt in Potsdam! :)
    Die ´Ampelmannetjes´ zijn leuk en de woordspeling is goed gevonden! Grappig genoeg noemde moeder (ze is Duitse) mijn broers en mij altijd ´Hampelman´ als we weer eens niet stil konden zitten.
    Bye.

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  4. Die dames met hoed zijn super! En dan het verhaal erbij dat je ze van Mark kreeg.. die gaan de deur dus niet meer uit. Groeten, Corine(THUIS)

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  5. ok, the ampelman are really great. i love simple graphics like that. so, what vintage souvenir would you suggest from berlin?

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  6. vintage souvenirs are the best..
    love the zoo poster and my fav is the Fernsehturm,just wonderful

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  7. Brilliant red and green people! I'd love to visit the city one day...

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  8. Your little walk and don't walk symbols have a lot more personality than ours do. Those bags are cute! When we were living in Kansas City there were painted cows everywhere, very much like your bears.

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  9. I too love the ampelman - I have ampelman bags, coasters and Christmas decorations from my visits to Berlin and from my parents! Great choice for Corner View!

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  10. just darling - especially those little pedestrian light symbols!

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  11. lovely post. i´m definitely getting one of those bags when i come- oh and definitely am going to the flea market... then there is the food, cafes... ok i´m stopping now... besos!

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  12. Oh my! I love those bags. What a great souvenir!

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  13. Great photos!! I really like the Ampelman bag!

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  14. Oh, I love the treasures you found! Fantastic idea to frame the booklet! I'm going to remember that!

    Happy Day!

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  15. oh, yes, on the first figures! my friend lived in berlin and brought home shirts with those figures on them.
    nicola
    http://whichname.blogspot.com

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  16. agreed! but those bears are pretty cute!

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  17. I love thoses souvenirs! I'd like to come in Berlin and buy some!

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  18. Lovely surprises...I bought in Berlin a red ring from a guy that was working in an atelier open to the street. I cannot exactly say where...we were wandering.
    Love those special souveniers with stories inside.

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  19. Funny souvenirs !!! and... beautiful too !!! I like your choice (not a surprise ;))

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  20. Ik dacht toch echt dat ik jou al een comment had achtergelaten. Ik heb deze post gister nl al gezien. Zat ik waarschijnlijk weer te dagdromen.
    Die tassen zijn waanzinnig leuk zeg, maar ik ben he-le-maal verliefd op die twee schetsen (?) die je ingelijst hebt. Prachtig, prachtig!

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  21. Die tassen zijn inderdaad erg leuk, maar die twee dames met hoed zijn staan daar ook leuk. Zeker als het een kado van Mark is.

    groetjes Lia en een fijne dag

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  22. you will have to come over for shopping so you can bring back a bunch of pencils and the mouse pad !!! and I like your selection of german souvenirs ...

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  23. ampelmen and bears are indeed funny but what I enjoyed the most is your treasure corner.
    mooi en stijlvol en toch schatig. :)

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  24. I like that you added photos...corner views always need photos :))

    I like the bags!

    I hope to post my cv soon...

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  25. Je voulais acheter un sac ampelmen pour ma fille mais je n'ai pas osé !!! Mais je lui ai quand même rapporter un souvenir de Berlin (un autre sac !) Bises You can practice your french, here !!! Bise

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  26. ampelman is superleuk!
    en de aap-plaat is wauwie!

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  27. Hallo Jeannette,
    warst du in Berlin? da war ich noch nie, die Fotos sehen ja toll aus, war bestimmt schön!
    Ich wünsch dir ein schönes Wochenende, andrella

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  28. Hallo Jeanntte,
    oh, Deine Berlin-Andenken sind toll, weil sie gar nicht nach typischem Kitsch aussehen, diesen Touri-Ramsch mag ich auch überhaupt nicht, mache immer einen großen Bogen darum...
    Ein wundervolles herbstliche Wochenende
    GGLG Bine

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  29. those are cute bags.
    But your pictures from Mark are very pretty. Like you say - simple yet beautiful.

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  30. Oh such a delightful post...I adore all the pictures! Those pictures from the flea market are so elegant. x

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  31. I loved those cute bears all over the city when I visited Berlin!
    and I bought "a glass of bear" magnet for my father!

    :)

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  32. liebe jeanette, wir haben diese traffic light symbols auf t-shirts für die kinder. die sind lustig. und ich mag die zwei bilder die du geschenkt bekommen hast. so schööön! liebe grüsse*

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  33. i like those bags!
    great souvenirs!

    have a nice weekend!

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  34. Oooh- we have a bottle opener ampelman! Sadly not from our own trip to Berlin, but a dear friends. Wonderful all the same!

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  35. I didn't know about that typical Ampelman, and all the things with the Apelman logo. That certainly is typical! Thanks

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  36. We have the ampelman tshirt in black! It doesn't fit my boys anymore, but I'm keeping it for my daughter!

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  37. You have great taste in souvenirs!
    Looks like the streets of Berlin are like a museum, such creative moments. Makes me realize that we are all walking through moving, live museums all the time.
    Fun to see the things you chose, THanks!

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  38. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
    The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.

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