Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/06/28

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Subject: [Leica] Berliner Mauer
From: hopsternew at (Geoff Hopkinson)
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 11:29:16 +1000
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Notwithstanding my many friends in other cities, Berlin is my favourite bit
of Europe, thus far. The redevelopment pace in post DDR areas is markedly
different to this casual observer. Still we found a great warmth and
friendliness in the citizenry.
Personally I'd be happy to own the apartment we stayed in at Louisa's Place
on the Ku'Damm. Just as soon as we win the Lotto.

2009/6/29 Douglas Nygren <dnygr at>

> Your photos brought back memories of how astonished I felt when I returned
> to Berlin after having been away for some 36 years and visited what I
> rememberd as a wasteland. That "wasteland" was Potsdamer Platz, which 
> before
> World War II was busiest place in Berlin and during the Cold War was an
> empty space with a Wall, no man's land, and weeds. It felt like the
> outskirts of the city rather than being in the the middle, die Mitte. 
> Today,
> it is rebuilt in brick, glass and metal and could be anywhere in the world
> if you didn't stray a little to the north and experience the vestiges of
> Preu?entum, which in the days of the The German (un)Democratic Republic 
> were
> even drabber than they are today.
> I personally don't like the new Potsdamer Platz, but the children of my
> friends in Berlin enjoy it and hang out there. However, if I could find an
> affordabl, modern apartment with a lift near the square, I'd take it in a
> minute. Berlin is a great city to live in, as is K?benhavn.
> Doug
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