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United Buddy Bears

United Buddy Bears berlin germany

United Buddy Bears in Berlin, Germany (July 2017)

I had no idea what these were when I visited Berlin a few summers ago. They were all over the place, dozens of them.

Turns out they started in Berlin in 2001 and have since traveled around the world. Recently they were in Guatemala but may be back in Berlin now.

Oberbaumbrücke

Oberbaumbrücke @ dusk

The Oberbaum Bridge crossed between the American and Soviet sections of post-WW2 Berlin. Until the mid-1950s, pedestrians, motor vehicles, and the city tramway were able to cross the bridge without difficulty. However, when the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, the bridge became part of East Berlin’s border with West Berlin.

Marcus Haas mural in Berlin

Berlin Wall Memorial Bernauer Street Germany mural meat sliced Artist Marcus Haas Die Dixons graffiti Xi-Design Talenthouse

Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Street

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30 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. Three years ago this memorial mural went up. Two years ago I took this photo.

Spectacle

Strike a pose

Just a scene I found to be rather odd as I walked around Olympic Stadium in Berlin a couple years ago.

Today is Christopher Street Day

Christopher Street Day

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The world’s best-known LGBT event takes place today in Berlin. One million people will participate in the festivities. The parade procession runs from Kurfürstendamm to Brandenburger Tor, where the grand final rally will take place.

Berlin Victory Column

Berlin Victory Column

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Today’s photo, which comes from the location for Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin as a US presidential candidate during his visit to Germany in July 2008, was taken in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park. The original location for this statue is the center of this prior photo. The Victory Column was relocated to its present location in 1939 by the nazis. Had it not been relocated, it would have been destroyed in WWII.