Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Berlin Wall photos

As seen and photographed through the bus window last month on a cloudy day…

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Artists from all over were invited to come to Germany and “beautify” the walls.  These were in an area apart from the Checkpoint Charlie location (we visited there a few years ago), so we had never seen them before.

Something new we learned on the tour commentary is that those rounded rubber tops of the wall were put there because they were very effective in keeping folks from crossing over them.   All Germans (not just those in the former western part of the divided country) are still paying 5.5% in taxes that go to the rebuilding of the E German infrastructure (only).  None of the funds go to private individuals or companies.  A lot of progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go.

I am glad we have seen these pieces and places of history, but we don’t necessarily need to go back there and revisit.  There are still a few destinations left on our bucket list that need to be checked off.

And now back to the regularly scheduled paper shuffling for Wednesday.  Where are my assistants???

Life is not a dress rehearsal, y’all!  Get out and enjoy yourself.

5 comments:

Jean(ie) said...

Just think. You got to see a part of history. Life is amazing, isn't it?

Sandee said...

Germany is my first choice for a place to visit. You already know that though. Such a rich history and some of it very, very sad.

Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs from cool California. :)

Barb and TheDailyGs said...

I do want to go to Italy, especially for Tuscany. If I ever make it there then I will think about somewhere else!

Have a productive day! With your furry assistants, how could you not?! big hugs xoxo

ivana said...

Ciao Sandy!

Thanks for the iages, I see them for the first time!
You have travelled so much, but a lot of other historic places have to be visited too!
I hope your assistants do theyr duty!

Big hugs!

BrightenedBoy said...

These photos are so cool.

A lot of East Germans who crossed the Wall in 1989 must have stayed in the west, even after reunification, because of the economic depression and substandard infrastructure in the eastern part of the country, not to mention the awful memories.