Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.
Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
My first visit to Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin was a bit touch-and-go back in 2011.
I didn’t even know that there were a number of mini-museums tucked in the corners of the place. And so last year, my family and I really explored those nooks and crannies.
According to Wikipedia:
Checkpoint Charlie (or “Checkpoint C“) was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War (1947–1991).
“The same rightists who decades ago were shouting, ‘Better dead than red!’ are now often heard mumbling, ‘Better red than eating hamburgers.”
― Slavoj Žižek
“There is no monopoly of common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too
There’s no such thing as a winnable war
It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore …”
“But love is much like a dam: if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure, and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current. For when those walls come down, then love takes over, and it no longer matters what is possible or impossible; it doesn’t even matter whether we can keep the loved one at our side. To love is to lose control.”
― Paulo Coelho,
Having coffee (and hot choco for my daughter) at Checkpoint Charlie. Next week, I shall share some of the art that we discovered in one of the museums.