#taretravels: At the John Lennon Wall

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The Lennon Wall is extremely inspirational. R1007993 R1007997 R1008001

This deserves a post of its own simply because I was so inspired by all the quotes I saw on the wall that day.

In 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustáv Husák. Young Czechs would write grievances on the wall and in a report of the time this led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. The movement these students followed was described ironically as “Lennonism” and Czech authorities described these people variously as alcoholics, mentally deranged, sociopathic, and agents of Western capitalism.

The wall continuously undergoes change and the original portrait of Lennon is long lost under layers of new paint. Even when the wall was repainted by some authorities, on the second day it was again full of poems and flowers. Today, the wall represents a symbol of global ideals such as love and peace.

The John Lennon Wall is a very tiny wall, in fact you might miss it if you weren’t looking for it. But it’s got great history, and I love what it has come to represent – love. acceptance. gratefulness. freedom. It’s very thought-provoking, and you marvel at how, many years ago, some rebels had stood on the exact same spot you are on, painting and spraying their defiance on a blank concrete wall.

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Here’s me and a Volkswagen Van – because we colour coordinated! 😀

That’s about all that I have for my Prague adventures. Kutna Hora soon – I promise! – before we begin on Berlin ❤

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