The Checkpoint Charlie Museum

The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall 20 years ago made me think of a visit I made to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum almost 15 years ago.  I remember thinking the museum seemed somewhat small and I was surprised to find out that Checkpoint Charlie no longer stood on that location; the building[…]

The Berlin Wall – A Farewell Without Tears

“A farewell without tears.” These were the fitting words spoken by the last prime minister of East Germany, Lothar de Maizière, at the 1990 reunification ceremony that took place almost a year after the fall of the Berlin wall. Today marks the 20 year anniversary of the memorable and meaningful and cold night that the[…]

Berlin Street Art

Any unsanctioned art developed in public spaces, such as graffiti artwork or street poster art, is considered to be street art. Typically, the term “street-art” or the more specific term “post-graffiti” is used to distinguish contemporary public space artwork from vandalism and territorial graffiti. Some of the most stunning and innovative street art is in[…]

Oktoberfest Doesn’t Begin in October

Oktoberfest doesn’t begin in October – that’s when it ends. While bars in the U.S. are just beginning to celebrate autumn with their Samuel Adam’s and Harpoon’s seasonal, Oktoberfest inspired beers, the official celebration in Munich, Germany has already come to a close (running from mid-September to the first Sunday of October). Before coming to[…]