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During our recent trip to Berlin, it was impossible not to visit its past horrible history. You would never guess from looking at the city, with the life that pulses through it at all hours, that  so much pain and misery was suffered before the enjoyment. One only has to travel to the East Side Gallery to see remains of the Berlin Wall or read about the atrocities that happened to so many millions of people at Checkpoint Charlie.  I won’t bore you with the history. I’m sure everybody in the world has read, seen, or heard of the evil that was Hitler. His ambition to rule the world had extremely grave consequences for the people that lived in Germany. I always find it fascinating that all these dictators live a life of luxury while squeezing the life out of the every day people.  It was sad to read the  stories of attempted escapes from the East to the West. Some were successful, most were not. If you ever get a chance to visit Berlin, l would suggest visiting the old Checkpoint Charlie and doing some reading of the walls just in front of it.

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Checkpoint Charlie. You can pose with the lads, but you need to tip them.

 

See how part of the city was walled in back then.

The red shows how part of Berlin was walled in back then.

 

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How Berlin looked in the past..

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The remains of the wall was turned into the East Side Gallery, and we went to see it in the afternoon after seeing the wall at Checkpoint Charlie. There are odd pieces of the wall in different parts of town, but this has the most. We walked the entire length. It’s pretty cool to see. I highly recommend doing it. There are a lot of talented people in Berlin.

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Here are some of our favorite images from  the East Side Gallery, a treasure trove of cool urban graffiti. I would also suggest going by the Brandenburg Gate and checking out the memorial to the war victims. It is a very moving experience. It’s great that these things are out there and not swept under the rug. As the saying goes, “those who don’t learn from past mistakes, are doomed to repeat them”, or something pretty close to that. Freedom, is indeed a precious thing. So many lost their lives for it. I wish we had gone to see Hitler’s bunker. I would have loved to see where he spent his last miserable days living like a cockroach. Perhaps next time.

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How horrible it must have felt to be able to look through this wall door and see how free the people were literally on the other side?

 

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The memorial to the war victims as part of the East Side gallery and Berlin wall

 

This is one of my favorites murals at the Berlin Wall East side galery, as it is so colorful..

 

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Subtle, but powerful.

 

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Check out Jodie Foster in her “Taxi Driver” role

 

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So much talent at the East Side Gallery

 

Perhaps the most famous mural of all? I remember seeing this everywhere after the fall of the wall. I remember the celebration was infectious.

 

This was done by a Russian guy going by the signature at the Berlin wall. I guess it was based on talent, not origin of the people.

 

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Peace. Long may it reign..

 

It’s funny that even the graffiti has graffiti :-)

berlin wall drunk guy

 

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They all convey a message.

 

The rush to get to the other side...

The rush to get to the other side…

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View of the West side to the East side of Berlin, part of the Berlin wall.

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Have you been to Berlin? Did you get a chance to see this bit of their gory history? If not, is it something that you would like to see?

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