"Blue Blood ll"

Trip Start May 25, 2013
Trip End Jun 23, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , Berlin,
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How dare Barak Obama come to Berlin and disrupt our travel plans! He can talk to Angela Merkel ANY time...

Word on the streets is that said streets would be crazy today with road closures and bus disruptions, so we head out to Potsdam, an outlying suburb of Berlin. The temperature is forecast for something hot around 30°C and we are not ready for it after cooler climates over the past three weeks.

Wikipedia lists Potsdam as the capital city of the German federal state of Brandenburg and part of the Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region. It is situated on the River Havel, 24 kilometres southwest of Berlin city centre and about a 30 minute train ride on the suburban network. An all day ticket costs €7.00.

Potsdam has several claims to national and international notability. In Germany, it had a similar status that Windsor has in the United Kingdom: it was the residence of the Prussian kings and German Kaisers, until 1918. Around the city there are a series of interconnected lakes and unique cultural landmarks, in particular the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. The Potsdam Conference, the major post-World War II conference between the victorious Allies, was held at another palace in the area, the Cecilienhof.

We ride the hop-on-hop-off bus to see the sights which are spread over a large area - too far to walk. We lunch at Sanssouci and meander through the formal gardens. With such an impressive pedigree, how could we not tour inside the schloss?

The rooms are certainly ornate, but for a palace with hundreds of rooms, we are all unimpressed to see just 10 for an admission of €12.00 each. PLUS an extra charge of €3.00 if you wanted to take photos! I pay the extra and act as press photographer for the group.

Leaving the castle, we see the last bus for the afternoon leave the stop... It's a walk back to the station, via an icecream shop selling such concoctions as a "pizza icecream"... mixed fruit and icecream on a base of cream!

Dinner is more conventional - real pizza at the cafe next door. The Italian waiter greets us with kangaroo hopping and farewells us with a suggestion as to the size of the tip we should offer!

"Blue Blood" by X Japan
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