“Mr Gorbachev, tear down that wall”

A segment of the wall

I vividly remember November 1989, I was in form two (12 years old) in Mr Brock’s class at St Peters School in Cambridge, and we watched on television (of course not live) the events in Berlin as the Wall “came down”.  So, it is no surprise that one of the first things I did when we arrived in Berlin was check out the key aspects of this event, and the historical landmarks that led up to this event. Continue reading ““Mr Gorbachev, tear down that wall””

Budapest, Christmas 2016

img_3626We all are aware that we went to Budapest for my Birthday, but coincidentally we were there for Christmas also.  We were only in Budapest for five nights, and from about 2pm on the 24th until at least the 27th Budapest is pretty much closed.  With us leaving early on the 28th, we didn’t get out and about as much as we may have liked, but we still managed to pack a bit in!

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Memento Park -“In the Shadow of Stalin’s Boots”

img_0130Each time we choose a city, I realise more and more how much this is done really at random.  We learn so much about each place a few days before we arrive, and many times our initial plan for the trip deviates.  Memento Park was one such deviation.  Boxing Day in Budapest had the sun shining, and a purely tropical 8 degree temperature, we decided to explore this intriguing concept of a park.

It was moving, and intriguing, and I think the best way I can explain it is by the poem found in the Visitors Guide.

“One Sentence about Tyranny”

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