Travel theme: Walls

For Travel Theme: Walls I want to show you three walls. The first one is a part of our history and you may have heard about it. The second one is extremely famous and played a big role in the history of Europe.  The third wall is nice, but nothing really important on it :-).

John Lennon’s Wall

During communistic regime rock music was under the ban, mostly played underground. But as you can’t keep people away from music, we all knew Beatles and other world famous musicians from the other side of the iron curtain. When John Lennon died, students from the art school painted one wall as a memory to him. From that day people quietly celebrated memoir of John Lennon at the anniversary of his death with lightning candles, singing his songs. They were always under the control of state’s police. The wall is still there, but it beacame more touristic place with a lot of graffiti more than memorial.
These three shots are not mine unfortunatelly. I was not able to find old shots of the wall in my archive, therefore I took them from here, here and here.


John Lennon’s wall at 1981, 1983 and 90s years

I managed to find some shots of nowaday wall, where John Lennon can be seen between other motifs.


John Lennon’s portraits and heart


Beatles covers

Berlin Wall

This wall separated two worlds for 28 years. The shots were taken at Potsdammer Square in Berlin, you can find there remains of the wall, now painted with colors.


History of Berlin’s wall

I love Berlin and frankly speeking Berlin is a magic city to me, I can still feel the strange atmosphere of “divided city” there.


Check the bottom right shot, the “wall” is still on the ground

The last pair is from our family album. The first shot is from our family visit to Berlin somewhere around 1979 (I am the only child on the BW shot). People were not allowed to go closer to Brandenburger Gate and you can see the wall down behind the gate. It’s also chilling to see the people on the left (not our family) looking to Western Germany. Maybe they had a family there? The next shot is two years old. Quite different, what you think?


History and today

Berlin ZOO Wall

The last shots are also from Berlin. But this is a new wall. Wall of Berlin’s ZOO garden. Walls are dividing, but also protecting us. We must handle with them sensibly.


ZOO wall

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. yourothermotherhere
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 08:48:37

    Thank you for sharing. History is always more “real” when someone shares it rather than reading about it in a book.


  2. DoRo
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 09:26:53

    Awsome post!!


  3. lagottocattleya
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 10:35:09

    Great post.


  4. bubblytee
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 16:08:18

    Magnificent pictures, honey!! Esp love the colorful ones of John Lennon.

    I have slowly collected murals from my part of the world also and will share them someday soon. 🙂 ..(thank u for the idea).

    Have a wonderful week. I look forward to more of your posts.

    P.S. I lived in Munich many years ago and would love to see Berlin. 🙂


  5. poppytump
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 19:13:14

    Brilliant post Katy ! Great photos for the challenge .
    Fascinating to see that B&W picture of you in Berlin and then a more recent one at the same spot and thinking about everything that has changed .


  6. lingeringvisions
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 20:24:28

    I cried when I heard John Lennon had died. It still makes me sad; probably because it was a senseless murder in front of his very home.
    On another note..I love the Zoo Walls, VERY cool.


  7. budgeteurotrip
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 12:14:48

    Hi Katy 😉 in italy we say ‘muri puliti popolo muto’ that means: ‘clean walls, speechless population’ or something like…


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