Potsdam- Oh the Opulence!!

Trip Start Sep 24, 2012
Trip End Nov 02, 2012

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Flag of Germany  , Berlin,
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

An hours train journey from Berlin city is Potsdam- the site of the ancient monarchies range of summer and rural palaces, which also had the large Dutch influx and influence in architecture and the town around the turn of the 19th C.

Frederick the Great and the rest of the dynasty certainly knew how to 'go nuts' with the gold paint, rococo swirls, flowers, statues, urns, paintings, Meissen and Wedgwood ceramics, rich fabrics and colours, marble and inlaid timbers. A palace for this (Chinese mini palace for afternoon siestas, one or two for the summer), and palace for that (as a picture gallery). One palace for for me (in the city, in Potsdam), and one for you (my wife, brother, 1st cousin). The Sanssouci Palace and the New Palace are the largest, and massive gardens; both natural areas and highly planned and manicured, that covered more than 4 square kilometres.

It is big tourism business here with highly regulated ticketing, with camera use permits needing to be purchased and then I was checked for this several times. We got into the swing of the system and flashed our permits and tickets like paparazzi at the sight of an official. Our last visit was the Marble Palace, then a short walk through the artisan shops in the old lDutch area. A lovely crafted hat was very tempting, but woollen hats of less use back in Oz.

Dinner was a highlight of the day. Being an hour out of Berlin, getting later in the day and hunger worms starting, we all voted for finding an early dinner. Ruth's memory of our days journey leads to a lovely German pub style of eatery where we dinned very well and thus journeyed home in high spirits.
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