Day 5 – Berlin, visit to the East Side Gallery and a special evening

One of the things I love about this city is that it confronts it’s difficult history head on. I’ve been to several of the museums and exhibits on previous visits, and I’m always impressed.

Good morning Berlin

I woke to a cold and slightly snowy Berlin. After a lazy breakfast, it was time to head out.

This time I had decided to take a walk along the East Side Gallery. When the wall was opened, much of it was demolished but this section was turned over to artists, who created a mix of political, humorous and satirical works.

They were subsequently restored in 2009 and I suspect the themes of a number have been updated in more recent times. I’m not going to say lots but here is a representative sample of the 100+ murals on display.

After this, I then met up with my friends in advance of the evening’s concert.

The last time I saw Anna was a couple of months before the pandemic began, in Warsaw. To see her again, and to meet up with friends that I’ve only spoken with online, or have not seen in over 3 years made for a very special afternoon and evening. Having front row centre seats reserved for us was a further treat, especially given that the show was sold out.

The audience was treated to a super evening with a surprising amount of new music, as ever challenging us to listen to every note. They responded with a standing ovation, which probably says all that needs to be said.

Anna Maria Jopek – Berlin 11th March 2023 (not my photo – I was so engrossed I forgot to take any – thanks Małgorzata!)

We ended the evening talking into the small hours with our dear Polish friends. I love this group of people so much. It’s now nearly 17 years since I discovered this music and it continues to reward and excite me, and to give some of the most special friendships I ever made ❤️

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  1. Małgorzata

    It was so nice to spend those evenings with your company! And yes. Anna was amazing 🤩
    Safe travels!

  2. Celia Lyon

    So many people seem to have been to Berlin lately. I went a couple of times in the 1980s/1990s but it looks like it is a really different place now. That goes on my list too!!

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