The Berlin Wall was actually a pair of 12- to 15-foot concrete walls.  The 30 to 100 yard space between the two walls was called the “death strip” and was patrolled by tanks and soldiers to prevent escapes from East Berlin into the West.  In addition to Checkpoint Charlie and the East Side Gallery, the Berlin […]

A few photos from around Berlin… Known as Berliners to the rest of Germany, the folks from Berlin call these jam-filled donuts pfannkuchen. The pedestrian crossing symbols known as Ampelmann in German are one of the only features of Communist East Germany to have survived the closing of the Iron Curtain.   In the 25 years since the […]

Near the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) is Wilfred Fitzenreiter’s bronze “Three Girls and a Boy” sculpture.  Perched on a wall overlooking the Spree River, they look amazingly life-like.  Somehow I didn’t manage to capture all four characters, but thought these two shots were worth sharing.    

Also known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Holocaust Memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. A New Yorker article from 2012 referred to it as “inadequate,” and I find myself agreeing with that assessment. If you approach the site from the Brandenburg Gate, as I imagine many […]

The island in the Spree River is called Museum Island (Museumsinsel) and is home to five different museums including the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery).  It is an art gallery featuring Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern works.  This statue sits out front. On Today’s Date in the Past: Paris:  Pyramide du Louvre Kansas City Fashion Week:  Andrea […]