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Once there was a Wall- A Visit to the Berlin Wall in 1988

Once there was a Wall- A Visit to the Berlin Wall in 1988

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(note, I wrote this a few years ago on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. My mother and I made a trip to Berlin in 1988 to visit her aunt and cousins… so much has changed since then)

I visited Berlin in 1988…. when there was still a Wall. It was a rainy July, and the whole city seemed to be in black and white. Who knew that a year later there would be color.

Today we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down… and we remember what it was before.

 

The Brandenburger Tor

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This sign sent the message home to me.

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Checkpoint Charlie

I did not cross… I was with my mother and her cousin, both German citizens. CHeckpoint Charlie

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Looking Over the Wall

I was shocked… they cut apartment buildings away from the wall… so no one could escape.

Berlin Wall

And then, on November 9, 1989… The Wall Came Tumbling Down

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Berlin wall falls

And Germany Could Finally Heal

 

October 3rd, 1990,  was declared German Unity Day!

Learn more about the wall here.. History of the Berlin Wall



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Berlin NOW

Recently I visited Berlin, and tried to get some Photos from the same Spots

I could photograph the Brandenburg Gate without a sign and wall in the way. It’s funny, when we came out of the Underground, I realized we were on the EAST side, where I could not go before. We even walked through it, so I could get this photo.

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Checkpoint Charlie is a touristy spot… have your photo taken with guards in Soviet uniforms (that didn’t appeal to me at all). We did go to the  Checkpoint Charlie Museum. (This one is more interesting for adults than kids… lots of reading).

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Checkpoint Charlie

And the Berlin Wall… is reduced to souvenirs…

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Visit Berlin Today-

You can see where the Berlin Wall stood, the pieces that are left, and both East and West Berlin
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The Berlin Wall Walking Tour

from: Tours4Fun

Private 3.5-Hour Berlin Walking Tour: The Alternative Berlin Tour

from: Viator
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Comment(3)

  1. Happy Unification Day to all my friends and relatives in Germany…. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  2. I wA IN bERLIN WHEN THE WALL WAS OPENED. a VERY EMOTIONAL DAY. AFDDRTER the unification many DDR residents were unhappy because living in the west oriented country was very expensive compared to East German prices, and all the wonderful things that were never available in the East w=ere still difficult to obtain.I had cousins in the East and some were unhappy for years. People from the East did not call it”Wiedervereinigung” sondern “Wende” meaning change or turn. Amazing that the unfree, deprived citizen had such reservations belonging to a free Germany.

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