It was rather fitting that I should find myself in this part of Berlin on this day, May the 1st of course being international labour day.
It was here on the 17th of June 1953 that the workers of the newly formed GDR started their uprising against the fledgling socialist regime, primarily due to the increase of work quotas. The Soviets were called in and the “counter-revolution” was quashed with an official loss of 125 lives. From then on this monumental socialist boulevard was used for parades and celebrations in honour of the “great” regime. The Stalin Allee was later renamed the Karl-Marx-Allee when it wasn’t quite so fashionable to be associated with that particular dictator.
The Tower in the background is the East-Berliner “Fernsehturm” another piece of awe-inspiring socialist architecture.
After a short weekend break in the south of the country, this week’s post is centred around the river Saale.
As we have now reached halfway on the photographic journey through the year 2011, this week’s entry is interactive. All those entering the poll (see below) have the chance to become the lucky winner of a once in a lifetime prize.
So here goes:
The first two were taken directly on the banks of the Saale River in Hirschberg (Thuringia). This Bench is the longest to be cut from one log (according to the Guinness Book of Records), and seats approximately 97 people depending on which nationality you are.
f/7.1 1/250 ISO 400 @17mm
f/5 1/500 ISO 400 @34mm
The third picture was shot in Burgk (Thüringen) and shows the new tower (42 metres) with views over the river Saale, the Castle and the surrounding landscapes.