Saturday, March 04, 2006




On August 13, 1961, a wall was erected between East and West Berlin. It lasted until November 9, 1989, when Berliners from East started crossing and demolishing the wall. On October 3, 1990, German reunification became a reality in international law.

"K-DAM - Three years after the fall, there were demonstrations on Kurfurstendam"

"K-DAM - Kurfurstendam, Berlin's most famous shopping boulevard: inside a shopping mall"

HAMMURABI CODE - The five Museums in the Museum Island in Berlin (Old Museum, New Museum, Old National Gallery, Bode Museum and Pergamon Museum) are fabulous. The Pergamon, for example, hosts some incredible pieces too large to be caught in a single photo: The Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and the Procession Street of Babylon, and the Mshatta Facade. It also keeps a copy (original in the Louvre Museum) of the famous stela bearing the laws of King Hammurabi (1792 BC-1750 BC) of Mesopotamia - The Hammurabi Code. It is the earliest known complete set of codified laws, but not the earliest laws, since a portion of the older Code of Lipit-Ishtar, circa 1868 B.C., was discovered in the 1930's"

"ASSYRIANS - The entrance to the reconstructed Neo-Assyrian palace hall is dominated by replicas of the colossal gatekeeping statues of mythical beasts"

"EAST BERLIN - Nothing special"

"NO MAN'S LAND - It will hopefully look nicer almost fifteen years later"

"ZOO - On a sunny day"

"ZOO - Elephants and wolfes"

"U-BAHN - Zoologischer Garten"

"UIA CONFERENCE - Portuguese lawyers (and some accompanying non-lawyers) dining in Berlin"



Potsdam, the capital city of the State of Brandenburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It's most popular sight is the Sanssouci palace, the former summer residency of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, located in the park to which it gives its name.

"PARK SANSSOUCI - The 287ha large park around the palace consists of several different gardens, all with many statues and fountains. Here we see the gardens from the steps the Palace's steps"

"SANSSOUCI PALACE (Without Worry) - A small rococo palace on the top of a hill. With 500 ha of parks and 150 buildings constructed between 1730 and 1916, Potsdam's complex of palaces and parks was inscribed in the Unesco World Heritage List. Voltaire stayed at the Sanssouci Palace, built under Frederick II between 1745 and 1747.

"SANSSOUCI - Voltaire visited the palace, and it is said that one of the most fascinating rooms was his room!"

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