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Travel Photo Thursday: At The Berlin Wall

Travel Photo Thursday: At The Berlin Wall

This past Sunday Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the breaching of the Berlin Wall and Tales Told From The Road featured that event in two stories published on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Five years ago, and nearly two decades after The Wall began to crumble, I was in Germany’s once and present capital city. Here are photos I shot of the murals painted on the section of the Berlin Wall known as the Eastside Gallery.

East Side Gallery, Murals on The Berlin Wall

East Side Gallery, Murals on The Berlin Wall

East Side Gallery, Murals on The Berlin Wall

East Side Gallery, Murals on The Berlin Wall

East Side Gallery, Murals on The Berlin Wall

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Berlin: The Walled City Remembered

Berlin: The Walled City Remembered

On August 13, 1961, when as a teenager I was making an epic cross-country trip by train from Seattle to Miami Beach and back, the East Germans began building what became known as the Berlin Wall, dividing the city into West and East.

(Roger Wollstadt Flickr Photo)
(Roger Wollstadt Flickr Photo)

That wall remained in place for nearly thirty years. On November 9, 1989, it was breached and never resealed.

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Beyond “The Wall” and Into East Berlin

Beyond “The Wall” and Into East Berlin

(Join Tales Told From The Road as it continues on a month-long virtual European journey.)

Would Berlin draw so many tourists to it today if the city—like Germany, the country of which it is the capital—had never been divided into East and West?

War may be bad for tourism, but the “Cold War” between the Soviet Union and “The West” which spawned intrigue and mystery of life behind “The Iron Curtain” in general, and East Berlin in particular, has undoubtedly made Berlin a top destination for those traveling to Europe.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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