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The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall: A Symbol of Division and Unity

Today, I will share my experience of visiting the Berlin Wall, which once stood as a stark symbol of division. Yet today, 34 years after its fall on November 9th, 1989, it represents unity and the triumph of freedom.

For nearly three decades, the wall served as a physical and ideological barrier between the Communist and non-Communist worlds, a chilling reminder of the Cold War tensions that gripped the globe.

But on that fateful day in 1989, the world watched in awe as the wall crumbled, opening a path towards a brighter, more unified future.

Standing before the remnants of the wall, I couldn’t help but feel the weight of history and the magnitude of the moment.

The jubilation and celebration that followed were a testament to the enduring power of freedom, a treasure we often take for granted until it’s threatened.

Join me as I delve into the history of the Berlin Wall, explore its impact on both sides and share personal reflections on what it means to witness such a potent symbol transformed from an embodiment of oppression and division into a monument to hope and unity.

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Inside the Gas Chamber in Auschwitz, Poland – The tragic road of death

Today, I am going to share the chilling history I witnessed firsthand during my visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Thousands of prisoners were forced to walk the tragic road of death under the horrific regime of Adolf Hitler.

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Bouquets To Art 2024 – An annual floral exhibition in San Francisco

Welcome to Bouquets to Art, San Francisco’s stunning exhibition where art and flowers intertwine!

This annual celebration at the de Young Museum showcases breathtaking floral designs inspired by the museum’s masterpieces.

Imagine vibrant blooms mirroring the colors and emotions of iconic artworks.

It’s a sensory feast for art lovers and flower enthusiasts alike.

In this blog, we’ll explore the magic of Bouquets to Art, share the inspiration behind the designs, and offer tips to make your visit unforgettable. Get ready to be amazed!

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Exploratorium in San Francisco – When the Destination is Science!

The Exploratorium in San Francisco provides a fertile platform for curious minds.

It opens the door to varied frontiers of knowledge for both children and adults. It encourages everyone to wonder – What? How? Why?

Abstract concepts of science are displayed in an easy-to-understand format and are highly interactive. No wonder, the Exploratorium is one of the top attractions in San Francisco.

The strict barriers between art and science blur in the different exhibits and present a creative space to think further, increase our ability to understand the world around us, and inspire us to strive for the unknown.

Here, the journey to every exhibit starts with wonder and ends with wonder.

While exploring the Exploratorium in San Francisco, I felt that despite our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness because we seek.

If you are in San Francisco then keep aside a day to explore Exploratorium – a destination that reveals our world to us through science, art, and human perception.

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Thought Provoking Museums from Around the World

The word museum has its origins in the Ancient Greek word of Mouseion, which denotes a place or temple dedicated to the Muses (the patron divinities in Greek mythology of the arts).

The meaning of “museums” has changed considerably over time since they started becoming popular in Europe.

Formerly a means to display exotic things collected by wealthy men to their fellow wealthy friends, museums are now open to all people; they are for the enjoyment and enlightenment of all.

The role of museums in society has also evolved a great deal. With the advent of the internet, it is no longer a significant source of historical or factual information presented in a chronological fashion.

Rather, the best museums now try to provoke a response in the mind of the audience. How did people live with vastly different means and technologies so far back in time?

Were they less happier then? How did people suffer during a war? Do modern wars lead to less pain? How did a technological leap change society? Has it benefitted everybody?

The visitor can be forced, even for a few moments, to confront her existence juxtaposed with these conundrums.

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Lynching Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama – Segregation in America

While standing inside the National Lynching Memorial or the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, Alabama, I read these death notices.

  • After an overcoat went missing from a hotel in Tifton, Georgia, in 1900, two black men were lynched, whipped to death while being “interrogated” in the woods.
  • Mary Turner was lynched, with her unborn child, at Folsom Bridge at the Brooks-Lowndes County line in Georgia in 1918 for complaining about the recent lynching of her husband, Hayes Turner.
  • William Donegan was lynched in Springfield, illinois, in 1908 for having a white wife.
  • Ernest Green and Charlie Lang, both 14, were lynched in Shubuta, Mississippi, in 1942 after a white girl said they were threatening.

and the list goes on ……

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The Story of Diamond in Amsterdam Diamond Museum

The Amsterdam Diamond Museum has a travel story to tell. About a journey which began three billion years ago, 200 km under the surface of the earth, and which ends in the ring on your finger or in the pendant on your necklace. The hero of this story is the diamond, the hardest material in the world, loveliest of all gemstones. Bon Voyage!

My journey to this fascinating museum began with those beautiful words that I read at the entrance of the Amsterdam Diamond Museum. More than diamond I have always loved the story of its becoming!

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Defending human dignity – An exhibition at the Red Cross Museum in Geneva, Switzerland

The purpose of a museum or an exhibition is not about conveying information (which is a commodity in this information age) but invoking emotion from within, make a basis for reflection and let the visitor grasp the real significance of the situation. The whole idea is to present an experience.  I had one such memorable experience when I entered the permanent exhibition – Defending Human Dignity by Gringo Cardia, a Brazilian graphic designer and an artist  inside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva, Switzerland.

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