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 […]

Once the symbol of the Cold War, starkly separating the East from the West, today Checkpoint Charlie is a nothing more than a tourist attraction. Or as the Independent deemed it, “a tacky tourist trap.” That said, I still feel it is one of three important sites to visit in order to fully experience the […]

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 […]