I really wish I would have had my wide angle lens during our trip to Europe in 2011 – I also wish that I was as into photography back then as I am now. With that said here is a picture of the Brandenburg gate from when we were there for our first anniversary. It was bitterly cold in Berlin but we were walking around trying to take it all in. The history there and specifically at this spot is amazing.
It was designed and built between 1787 and 1791 so there is clearly alot of history before the Berlin Wall was erected – however, this served as one of the eight crossing points along the wall from West to East Berlin and is obviously one of the most famous. You can see the ‘actors’ posing as German and Russian soldiers faintly in the lower right hand corner. They were taking pictures (just 2 euro for each click of the shutter) with tourists all around us. It was at this spot in the 60s that President John F. Kennedy visited and the Soviets (who controlled East Berlin) hung big red Soviet banners in order to prevent him from seeing into Eastern Germany. In 1987 President Reagan famously shouted, General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! And here we were trying to soak it all in – Berlin was a wonderful historical experience.