Germany was still divided then and to reach Berlin which was located inside the Soviet controlled East Germany, we had to travel via a narrow road corridor. In the background was a part of the wall that divided the city of Berlin between the Allies and the Soviet Union.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My first European trip was way back in the early 70's where I had the chance to see the Berlin Wall. Many years had passed before I saw my second famous wall, the Great Wall of China. In between those years and beyond where many interesting trips, both local and abroad but the memories of those two walls, for whatever reason, remained vivid in my mind.
This was the famous Checkpoint Charlie where one had to go through to cross from West to East Berlin or vice versa. It did not look like this serene when this checkpoint was operational. There were many well-armed soldiers from opposing sides and vehicles crossing the border had to drive a zigzag pattern to prevent any of them from barreling through at high speed to get away. A number of East Germans were able to escaped this way before vehicles were required to "zig and zag" through the crossing zone.