Berlin Day 4

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BERLIN - Day 4

Date: 25th August 2011

BERLIN - Day 4

We drove to Potsdam and were going to take a trip on the Lake but somehow or other we couldn’t find the correct road down to the shore - it is obviously a well guarded secret as we must have gone down 4 side streets to find the embarkation point.

Tant pis - we stopped for a spot of lunch in a delightful Cafe by the river outside the Contemporary Arts Museum.

Then it was off to the Sans Souci Palace - home of Frederick the Great - not large but very grand. There were no Queen’s quarters as the marriage was one of convenience and they lived apart - there were no children!

The building reminded me of the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburgh. Actually I enjoyed it more. There was a very good Audio Guide and for the payment of a small sum on top of the entrance fee, one could take photos without flash ad infinitum. You almost needed blinkers to shield your eyes from all the gilding. The gardens were lovely, running in terraces edged with vines down to a glorious fountain.

I will upload as many photos as possible for you but they all take time and I can only give you a taste of such a beautiful and imposing building.

Not far from the Palace is the most enormous Windmill on which I’ve ever clapped eyes and it is still working. I lost count of how many stairways we climbed to ‘not quite the top’. I presume the miller ground all the corn from surrounding farms as well as for the Palace - but that is only an assumption for all the copious explanations were in German.

Just one view of the delightful Sans Souci Palace - home to Frederick the Great.

BERLIN - Day 4

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