The Greatest Picture I’ve Ever Taken

This is from today at the Reichstag as seen from the river.


I caught it perfectly with the sun behind it. I applied a filter to it to bring out the color of the walls in iPhoto because the building was darkened by the sun behind it. The result, I think, speaks for itself.

BTW, the crosses in the bottom right of the picture honor each person who died attempting to escape from East Germany. They go through 1989, not very long ago. As I understand it from my German hosts, the part of the Reichstag to the right in the picture was in West Germany. The rest of it was in the no man’s land called the


  1. Pretty good pic for a short hair. thanks for the European History lessons, keep em coming. This sounds eerily familiar.
    After Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reichskanzler on 30 January 1933, the building was set on fire on 27 February 1933, under circumstances still not entirely clear (see Reichstag fire). This proved to be a valuable excuse for the Nazis to suspend most human rights provided for by the 1919 constitution in the Reichstag Fire Decree.

  2. shep1975 says:

    Should have let me know you were going Erick. I have a friend from the RNC’s campaign management college who works for the CDU. I also know the US Chamber’s representative for Brandenburg pretty well. Keep in mind my wife’s home town is about 90 miles southeast of Berlin (Cottbus). I also know of some good hole-in-the-wall restaurants since I tend to visit Berlin more than Washington, DC.

    Here’re my three favorite Berlin pictures:
    Victory Column

    Berliner Dom with TV Tower

    Soviet WWII Memorial

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