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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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Berlin: In The West

Berlin: In The West

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

After yesterday’s excursion into what was once the Communist East Berlin, we’ll tour the western side of the German capital.

Heading down Kurfürstendamm (aka “Ku’damm”) brings us to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Unlike the Frauenkirche in Dresden whose World War II bomb damage has been repaired, the KWM Church has been deliberately left in its wrecked state.

Bombed Out Ruins, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin

But a beautiful mosaic ceiling is still intact, and a modern church was built next to the original, with a courtyard in between where we’ll encounter a vendor selling dried fruit.

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