Keith and I are picking up to move to Pécs, Hungary for one year. He has never been to Europe and the furthest east I've been is Switzerland.... Our Hungarian language skills are...well, we know some phrases. Come follow us on our adventure!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lennon's Wall

As mentioned in the previous post, there were three parts of the tour that stuck with me.  The first being the Old Jewish Quarters and the second being Lennon's Wall.  (as in John LENNON not Vladimir Lenin)
The wall got its name due to graffiti from Beatles inspired lyrics as a form of dissent in the 1980s.  Since then the tradition of tagging messages of peace and love continue.  In 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustav Husak. 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.

Our tour guide and her husband would meet here for dates whilst in college, long before they were married.

 The wall is always being transformed with new tags and messages of peace, love and hope.

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