Today marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A moment that I could not have begun to grasp the true meaning of before our trip to Berlin this September. After seeing it's enormous height and domineering presence, visiting Checkpoint Charlie and walking under the Brandenburg Gate, I can fully imagine the energy that surrounded today's momentous occasion.. At the time, the fall of the Berlin wall on November 9, 1989 became a powerful symbol of the end of the Cold War.
To commemorate the event, at 9:00 PM some 8,000 helium balloons were released into Germany's night sky. The balloons were part of the temporary art installation, Lichtgrenze (Border of Light), marking the route of the original wall with luminous floating white orbs. German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the fall of the Berlin Wall signified "the idea that dreams can come true, that nothing has to stay as it is ...".
While in Berlin, my family spent one morning exploring the East Side Gallery, a mile long section of the original Berlin Wall that still remains intact, covered in hundreds of brightly colored street art murals. Each section has been painted with a different artist's work and you can freely walk alongside of the towering section that remains. Here are a few photos from our morning at the East Side Gallery. .
Have you been to see the East Side Gallery and Berlin Wall?