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Discussion in 'Street-City-Architecture' started by tijuana taxi, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. tijuana taxi

    tijuana taxi Premium Member

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    Not the best photo ever of this iconic bit of architecture, but felt the appearance of the Trabis made it worth keeping.
    Taken on our trip to Berlin this past week, lovely city and the weather was great too, 23c and sunny.
    Only just scratched the surface of things to see and do, but we mainly went to learn more about the cold war period.
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    @tijuana taxi,
    I was in Berlin in August, 1961 when the student riots at the Brandenburg Gate prompted the East Germans to close the access, erect barbed wire fencing and ultimately build the Wall. It was a tense time with water cannons and massive armed forces. After things quieted down, civilians were allowed to approach only to about two blocks away. My friend and I made the acquaintance of a west German policeman who escorted us close to the gate. Here's a blurry shot of my friend and the policeman whom we rewarded with a pack of American cigarettes.

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    @bcirwin, that's really interesting and a great photo to have.
    We went on a "Cold War" walking tour that explained all about the barbed wire that was erected in 61.
    Also went into detail about the wall or the anti fascist protection barrier as it was known in the East.

    Got some other what I think are interesting photos, but only just got back and still getting sorted out.
     
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    Very interesting city, my wife’s sister is in Berlin so we visit often.
    Reichstag is great.
    Many buildings have bullet marks from WW2.
     
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    Berlin... my late mother's home town which I only visited once in 1971.
    We went through Checkpoint Charlie to see one of her schoolfriends
    who was living in the East zone. I was too young to comprehend the
    whole thing, especially why my father was detained for interrogation
    at the border post for an hour and a half with his South African citizenship
    even though he had been born in Germany. We finally got through into
    the wide grey streets with ugly grey buildings, had tea with my mother's
    friend who had requested us to bring her soap and coffee from the West,
    and then returned after a few hours to the West. Depressing memory.

    Thank you for the jolly image with fun cars - are ALL cars personalised?
     
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    Sounds familiar, my wife has a German friend who remembers trips to the East being like that. The cars are Trabants, they were the workers car in the GDR. Now all part of the "ostalgia" and the ones you see are hired from Trabi World to drive around the city in. We stayed in what was East Berlin and the apartment blocks are still there. Most interesting and also disturbing was the Stasi museum, unbelievable the lengths their surveillance techniques went to.
     
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    :confused: Lest we forget...
     
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    I was stationed in Germany from 1971-1975 and made several trips to Berlin and the Wall. Because of the nature of my work I was not permitted to leave West Berlin and enter East Berlin. My daughter now lives and works in Berlin. I was there in May 2017 and will return in October of this year.
     
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    Agree with that. If you apply you can visit the dome on top. Amazing. The DDR museum is interesting too, although the apartments haven’t changed much to this day.
     

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