B = Berlin, Germany

We traveled to the beautiful city of Berlin in 2014.  Although the Berlin Wall had fallen 25 years earlier and is now a part of history, its presence is still keenly felt.

I found it impossible to ignore The Wall.

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The path of the former wall dividing East and West Berlin has been set in brick into the road as a permanent reminder of the Cold War years.

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It is a chilling marker of what happens when distrust, hostility, and a struggle for power gets out of control.

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Some scars never fade.

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About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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87 Responses to B = Berlin, Germany

  1. Mahdi A says:

    I’ve seen on TV the fall of the wall, and seeing the remains of the wall in front of me was taking my breath away…

    I’ve been there often specially the last year,and still everytime i’m there i’l finding somthing new…
    I’ve made some Street photography there, here’s how I’m seeing it thorough my lens

    http://www.mahdiaridjphotography.com/en/portfolio/berlin/

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  3. Mama Cormier says:

    Even though I was born in Germany and have been back several times I’ve never been to Berlin. Our son’s been there and loves it.

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  4. Mrs. P says:

    So much of the world has changed during my lifetime. I often wonder if the younger generations have any real idea of how much the world has evolve in such a short amount of time?

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  5. reocochran says:

    Beautiful Boost on Berlin, Germany. Tjis came with a Bounty of history and somber tones, Joanne.

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  6. A fascinating part of history- one day I’d like to visit Berlin for its modern side too.

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  7. treerabold says:

    Powerful post…especially for us that lived through this period in history.
    We just watched the movie Bridge of Spies (with Tom Hanks) this weekend. It too brought back much of the fear and propaganda the “East” and “West” fed its citizens.
    Wonderful shots Joanne.

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  8. Sue Slaght says:

    Joanne it is powerful seeing this even through your photos. I can only imagine what it might be like in person. In some ways this world has come so far and yet we hear more about building walls. shaking my head as I write.

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  9. bikerchick57 says:

    Have you watched the movie “Bridge of Spies?” The part where the wall between East and West was sealed gave me chills. I’m thankful that time is in the past and only a brick path remains

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  10. LB says:

    Thought provoking, and your last statement is spot on.
    I enjoyed reading A, too. A sunset camel ride sounds great!

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  11. Thanks for sharing those photos! I remember when it came down. I was an undergraduate taking German for my language requirement, so it was particularly interesting to discuss in class.

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  12. I would love to go to Berlin. The history there is amazing. My daughter is visiting in the fall so I will share you post with her.

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  13. My uncle told me that they made that trail because it was so many tourists that asked about it. It’s even on the maps now.

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    • joannesisco says:

      That’s interesting! I had not heard that tidbit of info. I’m not surprised though. When I was writing the post, I wondered at what point they actually decided to commemorate the wall.

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  14. Nancy says:

    Such powerful photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. RuthsArc says:

    Oh Joanne what a wonderful post for B. Simple but full of impact. Berlin is one of my favourite cities, fascinating, full of contrasts, and so much history. Looking forward to the rest of your alphabet posts.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Berlin was one of those travel surprises. What I was expecting, and what we discovered were quite different.
      I expected a typical thoroughly modern city with all the regular big city museum stuff.
      As you know, it is so much more complex than that. When we finally left the city, I felt like we could have – and should have – spent many more days exploring it.

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  16. germac4 says:

    My daughter recently visited Berlin and was amazed at the remains of the wall, just the concept of it happening for a young person is inconceivable.

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  17. Germany seems to have done a good job of memorializing mistakes with the intent never to do them again. It’s served them well and I wish the US would do the same. That brick path is haunting, but important. Thanks for the photos 🙂

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  18. Powerful images, profound reminders of where we’ve gone wrong… and that wrongs can be righted! A great A-Z post!
    Josie Two Shoes from Josie’s Journal

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  19. Kathe W. says:

    I remember when it went up and when it finally came down . Excellent post!

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  20. Corina says:

    I’ve never seen the pictures of the wall’s remnants or it’s path marker. It is chilling to see them. I can only imagine what it would feel like to actually be there and experience it.

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    • joannesisco says:

      It did feel rather surreal. My head kept trying to visualize what it was like with the wall in place. I would stand back and forth on the different side of the wall staring off into space.
      Maybe I’m unusual, but it did have an odd effect on me that I wasn’t expecting.

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  21. jan says:

    I was in the former East Germany in 1995 and there were still traces of cold-war life all around. We didn’t make it to Berlin though – nice post!

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  22. Amazing photos of such a profound time in history.

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  23. Tippy Gnu says:

    I love the pictures, especially the one with the curving bricks going across the road. Meanwhile, here in the U.S.A., we have a less visible wall coming down between us and Cuba. I like it when people come together, rather than sit apart.

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  24. That must have been quite an experience.

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  25. Lynn says:

    What a great shot Joanne. It is difficult to imagine what it must have felt like when this wall came down. I understand Berlin is a beautiful city to visit. Yet another one to add to my list!😉

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    • joannesisco says:

      It is a very interesting city Lynn.
      I’m almost ashamed to admit my interest in visiting Berlin was tweaked by something so *fluffy* as the Berlin Buddy Bear statues which I had read about.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Buddy_Bears

      … and while I have many photos of Buddy Bears found throughout the city, the real story was so much bigger than I expected.
      I thought I would find a thoroughly modern city which had put its past solidly behind it.
      It is a very modern city – well, except for its airport still stuck in the 60s – but it has embraced its past with permanent memorials that are both emotional and respectful.

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      • Lynn says:

        So funny about the Buddy Bears, kind of like the our “Moose” campaign in Toronto! I think the history is what fascinates me most about Berlin. In am in no way a history buff but the history of this area intrigues me simply because of the significance & impact it made.

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        • joannesisco says:

          I’m intrigued by the history too, but I wrongly assumed they put their past solidly in the past. That assumption was why I had previously had no interest in visiting Germany in general. I was very, very wrong.

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      • I saw the Buddy Bears last year in Cuba – they were amazing! I did a post on them if you’d like to see some photos. I’ve contacted our local city council to see if they,d be interested in hosting a showing, but haven’t heard back. I understand they haven’t been hosted in the U.S. yet. I don’t know about Canada.

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        • joannesisco says:

          I knew the Buddy Bears had been travelling around the world, but I’m not aware of them having been to Canada. In fact, I didn’t know they still were on tour!
          Seeing random Buddy Bears scattered throughout the city was fun to discover. I can imagine seeing a whole bunch of them together would be amazing 🙂

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  26. Another wonderful post. Great choice for ‘B’. I’m originally from the northwest part of Germany & remember many family stories about Berlin & the wall. Thanks for sharing 😊

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  27. Berlin is top on my bucket list Joanne. Give you a big thumbs up for taking on the A to Z challenge and look forward to the next 24 posts.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Thanks Cheryl. Although it is my 3rd time doing this, I was still surprised at how difficult it was putting all these posts together!

      I recommend visiting Berlin. It surprised me – modern and energetic while at the same time reflective and respectful of its past.

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  28. Joe says:

    Great post Joanne 🙂

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  29. Pertinent post, Joanne. I was in Berlin in 1991. They were still getting used to the idea. I’d love to go back and see it now.

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    • joannesisco says:

      I found Berlin to be a very interesting city – not quite what I expected. I thought it would be a thoroughly modern city having put its history behind it.
      In fact it was both paying respect to its history by “wearing its shame” and driving forward at the same time.

      I would like to go back too to re-experience it with new eyes.

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  30. Rebekah M says:

    Hard to imagine what it would have been like, living there during those years.
    Interesting post.

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  31. My husband is from Berlin, I have been there when the wall was there; as they were taking it down; and present day. His mother’s family lived in the East and they were divided by the wall (even though they only lived about 15 miles apart) for 28 years. I can’t tell you how thrilled they were when it finally came down and they could move freely again.

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  32. barbedwords says:

    What a great post; fascinating about the brick path following the line of the old wall. I’m looking forward to your next post!

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  33. Jackie Jain says:

    Very true, this brick is the living remainder of what may happen when battle for power gets out of control. And very true some scars never fade. They always remain.
    Good post for day 2 of A to Z challenge.
    Have a great weekend.. 🙂

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