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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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Travel Photo Thursday: Signs of Culture

Travel Photo Thursday: Signs of Culture

Signs, big and small, can tell you something important about the culture of a place. Keep your eye out for them during you travels so you can capture them with your camera.

Store Mural 1 Petersburg

This mural painted on the side of a store in Petersburg, Alaska, denotes the important of commercial fishing to this small community founded a century ago by a Norwegian immigrant who established a cannery here, and today often referred to as “Little Norway.”

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The Trabant—perhaps better known by its nickname, “Trabi”—was manufactured in East Germany during the “Cold War” period, and for a about a year after the reunification of Germany in 1990 and the destruction of the famous Berlin Wall earlier that year.

Today you can drive this “classic” (if not classy) car Pot Starter Kit IMG_4113through the streets of Dresden (where this photo was shot) or Berlin on a “Trabi Safari.” The Zebra stripes presumably were not painted on this Trabi at the factory in East Germany.

Sometimes you’ll find a “sign of culture” on packaging.  This “Dutch Cannabis Seed Starter Kit” on sale in an Amsterdam canal-side flower market loudly proclaims Netherlanders fondness for “home grown weed,” not just their country’s famous tulips.

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