1. In contrast to the Stumble Stones and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the preserved part of the Berlin Wall that has come to be known as the East Side Gallery can seem downright cheerful on a sunny day when you don’t look too close. It’s a canvas for muralists and graffiti artists but its best pieces still echo the tragedy that Berlin is not trying to sweep under any rugs, that is always there as a reminder that humanity must continually strive to do better, to replace hate with love. 🎨 One mural in particular had this quote and it is one that will always stay with me: “I painted over the wall of shame, so freedom is ashamed no more. Inferno ruled too many years, until the people chose the light. I put my faith in you Berlin, and give to you my colours bright! - Fulvio Pinna” ☀️ (at East Side Gallery)

     
  2. Another somber place in Berlin, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, designed by Peter Eisenman. There I could not think of anything but this quote: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” (at Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas | Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe)

     
  3. When I was a teen, learning European history, in secondary school, the World Wars were all facts, figures and abstract stories that meant little to me — who had never been discriminated against because of my race, religion or otherwise. I was intrigued by history and it was one of the things that caused me to want to travel yet I never fully “got it” like I did today standing in front of the Stumbling Stones here in Berlin. The stones all over the city, mark the places where Jewish people were forcibly removed from their homes, most to never return or be heard from ever again. Each plaque lists a name, the date of their removal, the camp they were taken to, the transportation and the date of their death. Some plaques list less info if the history could not be fully traced. They’re small but if you’re open to being moved as I was, incredibly sobering and powerful. So many people died to see a world built where people wouldn’t have to fear this happening. Yet still we live in a world where people die every day because of hate and intolerance….. (at Berlin)

     
  4. rainy Saturday in the City

     
  5. water towers of Manhattan for World Water Day

     
  6. adventures in an abandoned warehouse in Montréal

     
  7. Hanging out in Montréal for Lumière and sharing tips on TripleSpot.

     
  8. Tommy Hilfiger Fall 14 show at the Park Avenue Armory | NYC

     
  9. UES nights

     
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  11. Flatiron on a cold, late winter afternoon.

     
  12. Niagara Falls in Winter || Ontario, Canada

     
  13. epic day #chasingfog at #wwim8 with icarryyourhrt | Brooklyn

     
  14. outside the neon lights of Vegas

     
  15. firelight cowboys