Taking a walk yesterday (well...yesterday here. Still today where you are, probably) -- I strolled back through Potsdamer Platz, a once-historic area that got bombed out in WWII, but is now a sort of thriving business community of restaurants and high end-ish shops.
(I have to assume that the name in some way is related to Potsdam, which is nearby and where Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin met after the war.)
I've passed through here numerous times, it's a crossing point for the way to my hotel. But yesterday I passed a little sign that I'd never seen before. It's small, so I could have missed it, or it could also be something that's somewhat new. It also was easy to miss because there's some construction going on around it. Though maybe it was the construction which caught my attention, and then I noticed the sign.
Whatever the reason, I was standing at a stoplight, waiting to cross busy Potsdamer Strasse, and looked up and saw it.
I did a double-take at first, but could only laugh. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Berlin style, for our sister city! I was wondering what that entailed. Perhaps they're planning to have stars in the sidewalk for Horst Bucholz and Maximillian Schell.
I was going to name another performer, but then I realized something, and laughed again. Because about two blocks away, down the quiet Alte Potsdamer Strasse that angles off the plaza, at the very end of the street, only about 30 feet from the hotel where I'm staying is...this!
So, who knows? Maybe I'd better start looking around in the sidewalks nearby to see what stars they might be honoring there...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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