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The integrity of the Berlin Wall

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It's a cheap laugh, but I couldn't resist photographing this sign in front of the Newseum's section of Berlin Wall. For her part, S couldn't resist the transplanted death tower, which she co-opted as a nonce playhouse, trying to hang her pink cardigan on one of the concrete walls. (No, I didn't seek out the Berlin Wall on November 8th, but there it was, on our way to the food court, an unanticipated whiff of home.)

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Photo taken from Frank Schirrmeister's series Leere Stadt I

Meanwhile, keeping with the nostalgia, here's Weinmeister Stra├če as it looked for as long as I could remember before, one day, Casa Camper took this vacant lot's spot. The editors of Places at Design Observer were in touch to mention a piece Millay Hyatt wrote about walking the path of the Berlin Wall, and they were right to guess this beautiful essay would speak to me. They're running a slideshow of Frank's Berlin photographs on the site this Thursday, so watch for that too. Update: here it is!

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page bookmarked & looking forward to the photos! the sign gave me a smile, also. & thanks for the link to the walk-article.

That essay is simply wonderful and I'm going to re-read it again tomorrow. Have you ever cycled the trail of part of the Wall? I think it'd be interesting. Sigh, your photo makes me nostalgic for a less gentrified East but we should make the most of what we have, eh? Hope your trip was good and I'm so pleased you like my Venice photos.

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