Germany 2011 - Some statuary ranging from the heartrending to the whimsical and then the overweening
Käthe Kollwitz's "Mother with her Dead Son" inside the Neue Wache building on Unter den Linden. The building serves "as the ‘Central Memorial Site’ of the German state, a place of national remembrance dedicated to the victims of war and tyranny." She lost her own son in WW1.
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My wife and her cousin and her cousin admiring one of the exhibits at the Blickachsen International Sculpture Biennale in the grounds of the Schloss
Golden equestrian statue of Fredrick Augustus of Saxony in the Neustadt
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We had a overnight stopover and only had time for a quick look at the place. It is not the most attractive of towns. It was basically demolished in WW1 when it was the site of possibly the longest battle of WW1 and where nearly 400,000 French and German soldiers were killed. The areas we saw had mostly been rebuilt in utilitarian 1920's style.
Me treating the French autumn weather with contempt in the central mall
The port area on the River Meuse
How this area looked after WW1
Memorial to the Poilu of WW1
The entrance to the citadel. "The underground citadel of Verdun boasts 7km/4.3mi of galleries equipped to meet the needs of an army: bakery, kitchens, field hospital, telephone exchange, ammunition dumps, etc" . We did a tour in a little 'tram" Home - Citadelle souterraine de Verdun
You can get an idea of the strength of the citadel from this photo