back from chilly and gray Berlin, Germany…

Among all its famous monuments like museum island, Alexanderplatz(“Alex“ for the Berliners!), the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, etc, what has deeply impressed me is definitely “THE Wall of shame” – devastating symbol of the communist régime and dictatorship, which split Berlin in 2 – THE same country, same people, same language, same culture – same everything… around 160 km, the Berlin Wall Trail traces the course of the former GDR(German “Democratic” Republic) border fortifications, encircling West Berlin.

In most sections, it runs along the former patrol road, used by customs officers in the West area and GDR border troops for their own patrols. Between 1961 and 1989, lots of Germans were prisoners in their own country, while many others were killed, trying to join their close and loved ones in West Germany… plenty of broken lives – unfairly and tragically – on each side of the wall… it’s often said that “history repeats itself…” – true, unfortunately… read my mind! btw, someone wrote on the wall:”world is too small for walls…”

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P.S. I’ve also seen some surrealistic “stuff” like a Mc Donald’s & a KFC @ the famous “checkpoint Charlie”, where for 2 euros, you may take a photo with the fake “officers” and @ Potsdamer Platz, which is a mixture of American and European city design, the small Korean pagoda, next to some chunks(ruins) of wall…
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P.S. j’ai aussi vu des choses surréalistes dont un Mac Do & un KFC au célèbre “checkpoint Charlie”, où pour 2 euros, vous pouvez prendre une photo avec les faux “officiers”, et @ Potsdamer Platz, qui est un mélange d’archi américaine et européenne, une petite pagode coréenne, à côté de qqs ruines du mur…

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Posted on 7 February 2017, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Frumoase monumente, nostime graffiti! Nu știu de ce, dar nu m-a tentat niciodată să vizitez Germania. Pozele tale ar putea fi un îndemn. Zi frumoasă, Melania!

    • dupa Frankfurt, München si Stuttgart, Berlinu’ mi s-a parut “gri” – la propriu si la figurat, o senzatie de “malaise”… am fost invitati de prieteni(cunoscuti la Houston!), care adora Franta, “navigheaza”(locuiesc) între Berlin si Toulouse tot anu’… MULTUMESC, la fel, Zina! 🙂

  2. Frumoasă postare. Am fost la Berlin înainte de 1990, în partea răsăriteană și am văzut zidul, bine că a fost dărâmat și neamul reîntregit. Citindu-ți articolul, ”THE same country, same people, same language, same culture – same everything”, mi-a adus aminte de Bucovina și Basarabia, rupte din trupul României unde se vorbește limba română cu toate eforturile care se fac împotriva ei:
    ”Sărut vatra şi-al ei nume
    Care veşnic ne adună,
    Vatra ce-a născut pe lume
    Limba noastră cea română.
    Cânt a Patriei fiinţă
    Şi-a ei rodnică ţărână
    Ce-a născut în suferinţă
    Limba noastră cea română”.(Grigore Vieru)

    Sănătate și zile de februarie pline de voie bună!

    • MULTUMESC, Georgeta… desi voi fi trait aici mai multi ani decât în tara-mi natala, cunosc trista istorie a Bucovinei si-a Basarabiei, anexate de stalin(fara majuscula!) în 1940, ca si cele 3 tari baltice – Lituania, Estonia, Letonia, ce si-au redobândit independenta în 1991. Sunt “legata” sufleteste de Moldova, caci mi-s nascuta la Bacau, din parinti argeseni(RIP) si SPER ca românii din Moldova (înca sovietica!) sa se bucure cât de curând de reintegrarea la “vatra” initiala – România… ah, poate ai observata printre pozele mele de la “checkpoint Charlie” una cu 2 afise(mesaje) din partea Ukrainei – în engleza si-n rusa catre putin(tot fara majuscula!)…
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      acelasi calde urari din partea mea, curaj si optimism…

  3. yes, a very heavy feeling to these images, but well done!

  4. Wonderful pictures as ever… I loved Berlin – it’s really a very special place.

  5. I love the lighting on the image that follows “Fuck Donald Trump”… very other worldly!

  6. I’ve been to Germany several times, but never to Berlin. Spectacular photos.

  7. J’aimerais aller a Berlin pour la culture – mais sûrement pas pour la température! 🙂

  8. For all our travels to Germany, my husband and I have not been to Berlin. I enjoyed seeing it through your camera lens. Sorry the weather wasn’t nicer.

  9. Never been to Berlin – so I find those pictures really interesting! 🙂

  10. It looks cold, damp and dreary, Melanie. Lovely photos that capture the atmosphere there. Leslie

  11. Très joli diaporama… Bonne soirée!

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