Last summer, our family holiday took us on a tour of Germany and Poland and allowed us a few amazing days in Berlin. Berlin is one of the most interesting cities I have ever been to and is place to which I would love to return.
The capital of Germany, Berlin, is home to three and a half million people and is famous for it's history and perhaps most notably, the Berlin Wall.
In August 1961, construction began on the Berlin Wall. The aim of the wall was to separate West Berlin from East Berlin. The East and the West were run by separate governments and the East government did not want Westerners entering the East and undermining it's regime.
The wall ran for 96 miles around East Berlin, was 12 foot high and 4 foot thick. It separated families and friends and was a violation of human rights. Attempts at escape from East Berlin claimed the lives of over 170 people.
The wall was in place for 28 years but on the 9th November 1989, 25 years ago today, the Berlin Wall fell reuniting the East and the West.
The wall was decorated with graffiti showing the discontent of the people. This can still be seen on sections of the wall that remain standing and was something which I found very moving on my visit. I felt today was a very appropriate day to share these photos with you.
I hope you've all had a lovely weekend! Have your travels ever taken you to Berlin?
Lots of Love,