Monumental Washington

Washington D.C. is filled with monuments, memorials and historical landmarks. Probably the most visible from many different vantage points is the towering Washington Monument that honors President George Washington. To mark Presidents’ Day, which recognizes all United States presidents (especially Abraham Lincoln and George Washington who used to have their own holidays on February 12th and 22nd, respectively), I wanted to share a few Washington Monument photos that I took during my visit to Washington D.C. in October.

Remnants of the Berlin Wall

For those of us who grew up during the Cold War, the Berlin Wall was a stark symbol of Communist oppression in concrete and barbed wire. Living in the United States, it was difficult to imagine the lives of East Berliners, separated from their families and freedom on the other side of the wall. In November, 1989 when the wall was finally brought down, the surprising news was greeted with joyful tears and cheers around the world.