In honor of National Polar Bear Day, here’s a second post in a row featuring Berlin from the Kansas City Zoo.  

In summer 2012, horrible flooding wrecked the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minnesota.  Many animals — including six sheep, four goats, a raven, a vulture, an owl, and a donkey — were killed when more than nine inches of rain fell on the city and flooded the barnyard exhibit. Two seals and Berlin, the zoo’s […]

On to Prague via train!

As part of a public art project, German painter Gunter Demnig installed his first Stolperstein (literally “stumbling block”) in 1995 in Cologne, Germany. Over the past 20 years, the small, cobblestone-shaped memorials have grown into what’s been called the largest decentralized memorial in the world, honoring the victims of the Nazi regime, both survivors and those who […]

Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia, the Brandenburg Gate was built to represent peace and was completed in 1791.  It leads to Unter den Linden, a famous boulevard lined with linden trees that once led to the Prussian palace. With 12 Doric columns, six on each side, the gate was inspired by the Propylaea, […]

With more than 100 works of art painted on a 0.8 mile stretch of the remains of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is the world’s longest open air gallery.  Each piece depicts the struggle to break free of the Iron Curtain or celebrates the excitement of ultimately achieving that reality.  It is a […]

With more than 100, large format works of art painted on a 1,316 meter long portion of the remains of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is the world’s longest open air gallery.  In addition to Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Memorial, the East Side Gallery is one of three “must see” sites […]