East Side Gallery

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The East Side Gallery on Muhlenstrasse
So to my last day in Berlin. Fortunately my flight was not until late afternoon, which meant that after I had spent some time packing there was still time for an expedition before lunch. As it was a fine day there was really only one option: the East Side Gallery in Muhlenstrasse, which both Jenny and I had been determined to see. This is a long stretch of the former Wall which since reunification has been given over to art, and more than a hundred images have been painted on the concrete panels. In 2000 a major restoration and repainting was undertaken as many of the works had deteriorated and been defaced by graffiti: unhappily but unsurprisingly the graffiti has reappeared.

Some images are political, such as that of Honecker embracing Brezhnev, which Jessica has had printed onto a mug; some are humorous, as in the depiction of the Japanese sector, with Mount Fuji in the distance; some just record, as in the image of the Wall skirting the Brandenburg Gate; and some combine politics with humour, as in  the famous image of a Trabant (the ubiquitous one-size-fits-all East German motor-car) apparently bursting throught Wall itself (I can't think why I didn't take a picture of this one).
Brezhnev embraces Honecker
The section of the Wall that constitutes the Gallery follows the River Spree: it runs for about a quarter of a mile, and gives a fascinating insight into how Berliners regarded their own history and situation once freed from communist rule; we probably spent a good hour there, and it would certainly be one of my must-see recommendations for any visitor to Berlin.

Then it was time for a quick lunch, which I don't remember at all, after which I said goodbye to Jenny at Warschauer Strasse station - she had an afternoon meeting, and unaccountably trusted me to find my own way to Schonefeld airport. I left Berlin, and Germany, with many good memories - particularly of the food - and sincerely wanting to return. But not a single green-haired goth girl did I see!

If only the German language was easier to learn ...
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The East Side Gallery on Muhlenstr…
The East Side Gallery on Muhlenst…
Brezhnev embraces Honecker
Brezhnev embraces Honecker
Jenny about to climb Mount Fuji
Jenny about to climb Mount Fuji
The course of the Berlin Wall at t…
The course of the Berlin Wall at …
Bye bye, Jenny!
Bye bye, Jenny!
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photo by: CFD