The Past Is Never Dead. It's Not Even Past. -- William Faulkner
These are personal photos of various places in and around Berlin. I didn't think they belonged to any of the blog posts, but I wanted to share them anyway.
"We All Stay"
Berlin is a city known for its graffiti. This is a cool example, taken somewhere near the Prinzlauer Berg neighborhood. It's a reaction to the increasing pace of gentrification in many sections of the city. "We all" refers Berliners who have been in the city for a while, and who resent the rising rents and prices that are forcing many longtime residents to peripheral neighborhoods.
Guard tower near the Berlin Wall
This tower overlooks one of the "death strips" near the Wall. Any East Berliner caught trying to escape could be killed. And many of them were: in the 28 year history of the Wall, around 600 people were killed trying to cross it.
The "Berliner Dom"...with lights
Berlin hosts the "Festival of Light" every year. It consists of huge lighting installations that are projected onto some of the most well-known buildings in the city. The Berliner Dom, or Berlin Cathedral, is located in the center of the city. I took this photo in October of 2011, on my very first visit.
The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is the figurative heart of Berlin, and is its most well known geographical feature. No trip to the city would be complete without a stroll beneath its arches, as I did in October 2011!
The new Dome on the Bundestag
The Bundestag is the home of Germany's federal parliament. It was nearly completely destroyed during World War II. It lay in West Berlin, but only a few meters from the Berlin Wall. As a result, it was dormant for much of the cold war. After reunification in the early 1990s, it once again became home for the German parliament, and an extensive renovation added a spectacular glass dome on top of the building that you can walk through. This is a view down into the actual Bundestag floor, symbolizing political transparency and openness.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
This is Berlin's largest memorial to the Holocaust. It's an interesting design, and in my experience it seems that people either love it or hate it. Personally, I think it's great.
Photo taken of the bank of the Landwehr Kanal in Kreuzberg. The cold weather might mean that it's too cold to sit outside, but for a few weeks it's made up for by the changing leaves.