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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Photos of the "Tag der Offenen Tür 2015" in the Bundeskanzler Building

A framed collage hanging on the wall in the hallway of Bundeskanzler building.
It was "Tag der offenen Tür 2015" in Bundeskanzleramt  in Berlin last August 29 and 30. The Bundeskanzleramt / Chancellor building was 2 days open to the public. 2 days when the locals and the tourists were able to see the inside of the building. It was the time and the chance of the Federal Government to represent to the people how the government works and to be in contact with the German citizen especially that this year was the 25th year of German reunification.

The entrance of the Bundeskanzler building.

Before the visitors were allowed to enter the Bundeskanzleramt building, the people had to give their bags to the staffs who were assigned for that in the huge built-in tent outside the Bundeskanzleramt building. People were only allowed to bring a small bag or purse with their cameras, smartphones and their important documents. There was a very strict security control before we were allowed to go inside the Bundeskanzleramt ground. 

                                         The Chancellors Portrait Gallery
                                          Previous Chancellors of Germany

L-R. Chancellors Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Ludwig Erhard and Konrad Adenauer
L-R. Chancellors Helmut Schmidt and Willi Brandt 
L-R. Chancellors Gerhard Schröder  and Helmut Kohl
An abstract painting in the hallway.
The Conference room of  Chancellor Angela Merkel

The Press Section of the hallway.
Bundespolizei / Federal Police helicopter open for the public.
The cockpit of the Bundespolizei helicopter.

The inside of the Bundespolizei helicopter.

                            Gifts From The Statesmen of Different Countries:

U.S. President Ronald Reagan speech card at the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987.

A gift from Saudi Arabian Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to Chancellor G. Schröder in 2005.

A gift from King Hassan 11 of Marocco to Chancellor Ludwig Erhard in 1965.

A sculpture of Albertus Magnus sculpted by the German artist Gerhard Marcks.
The author with Chancellor Angela Merkels bullet proof car.

My visit to the Bundeskanzler building was an eventful one but sad to say I was not able to meet the Chancellor. I waited for hours until I got hungry and left the building. 

Thank you very much for your visit and I hope you like the plenty of photos I have included in this blog. Please feel free to share this blog to any social media sites you want to. Of course you can comment below. Thank you!

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Monday, 31 August 2015

Berlin Wall Turned Into An Art Wall

Stand alone Graffiti Art of the Berlin Wall. Beautiful!

Have you heard about the Berlin Wall in Germany? I know some of you have and some have not. So I will start with introducing to you the Berlin Wall. 

Berlin Wall or Berliner Mauer was the long wall that divided the East and the West of Germany after the second world war. It was built by the East German Government DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) or GDR (German Democratic Republic) in 1961 until it was opened in 1989 after a massive escape of the East Germans to the West neighbouring countries. 

I don´t want to go on details so please check this Wikipedia link if you want to know more of the history behind the Berlin Wall. 

What I want to show in this post are the photos of the Berlin Wall now after plenty of people broke the wall for their freedom. Some parts of the wall were taken down by the tourists as remembrance for their visits. There are souvenir shops selling small rocks of the wall but I wonder if they´re real.

I have seen the Berlin Wall through media in the early 80´s and it was indeed an ugly wall. A wall were plenty of east Germans were executed due to trying to escape from that wall and climbed over to the west part of Germany, in the time when East Germany was still a communist country. There were plenty of ugly and sad stories behind that wall that many  American and British movies were made. 

Below are the photos I have taken. The Berlin Wall is still the center of attractions for the tourists but there is not much left of it. What is left is being used for Graffiti Arts. 

The photo was taken from the eastern side of the Berlin Wall
Taken from the eastern part while waiting for the green light for us to cross to the west side of Berlin.

The Berlin Wall on the western side of Berlin.
Graffiti Art on the west side of Berlin.
The leftover of Berlin Wall, west side photo.
A stand alone Graffiti Art of the Berlin Wall, one of the best for me.

Above is a short video of Berlin Wall in Germany. From my You Tube Channel,
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