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BERLIN & LAUSANNE MAY, 2013

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FC: PETE & RENATE'S TRIP TO BERLIN & LAUSANNE MAY, 2013

1: CAFE AT THE EDGE OF THE LAKE WHERE WE STOPPED FOR LUNCH | SMALL LAKE BORDERING A VILLAGE IN THE EBERSWALDE-FINOW REGION NORTHEAST OF BERLIN, MAY, 2013 | RENATE PERUSES THE CAFE MENU

2: INN - CAFE IN THE VILLAGE. THEY ARE HEAVILY VISITED ON SUMMER WEEK-ENDS | THIS VILLAGE HAD AN INTERESTING PRIVATE MUSEUM AS WELL AS AN ATTRACTIVE CHURCH AND PARSONAGE EBERSWALDE-FINOW REGION, NORTH EAST OF BERLIN

3: SMALL LAKES, SWAMPY LAND CONTINUES TO ATTRACT STORKS TO THE BERLIN COUNTRYSIDE. WALKING THROUGH THE VILLAGE, WE SAW A STORK CIRCLING AND WATCHED IT LAND IN AN ABANDONED CHIMNEY QUITE NEAR TO US. | THE STORK CAN JUST BARELY BE SEEN IN THE PICTURE ABOVE. AFTER WAITING A WHILE, THE STORK FINALLY STOOD AND I TOOK THE PICTURE ON THE RIGHT. THE CHIMNEY WAS ABOUT 100 M FROM WHERE WE WERE STANDING. STORKS STAND AT ABOUT 4 FEET

4: MARIENKIRCHE IN THE CENTER OF BERLIN. THE CHURCH GOES BACK TO THE MIDDLE AGES, BUT HAS BEEN REBUILT MANY TIMES, LIKE AFTER WORLD WAR II | INTERIOR OF THE RECONSTRUCTED MARIENKIRCHE | NEPTUNE BRUNNEN NEXT TO THE MARIENKIRCHE. THE BERLINER DOM IS IN THE BACKGROUND

5: THE NIKOLAI QUARTER, ALSO IN THE CENTER, IS THE OLDEST DISTRICT IN BERLIN. IT DATES FROM THE 12TH CENTURY. ONLY THE NIKOLAI KIRCHE REMAINS. IT HAS BEEN REBUILT AFTER THE WAR IN GOTHIC STYLE | OLD WAREHOUSE-OFFICE BUILDING IN THE NIKOLAI QUARTER ON THE RIGHT, ANOTHER VIEW OF THE NIKOLAI KIRCHE. CLOSER BUILDINGS ARE RECENT | SIGISMUND - THE DRAGON SLAYER- STATUE - IN THE NIKOLAI QUARTER

6: VIEW OF THE BERLINER RATHAUS - THE "RED" RATHAUS" FROM THE EDGE OF THE PALACE RECONSTRUCTION ZONE | THE CENTER OF BERLIN IS CRISS-CROSSED BY CANALS. THE CANALS ARE PLIED BY BARGES, PLEASURE BOATS AND TOURISTS PAQUETS | CANAL PASSING BY THE THE BERLINER PALACE AND THE DOM

7: A CLOSER VIEW OF THE BERLINER DOM OVER THE CANAL | THE HUMBOLDT CUBE IS A TEMPORARY EXHIBITION STRUCTURE TO FOLLOW THE RECONCONSTRUCTION OF THE BERLIN PALACE. THERE IS A COFFEE HOUSE ON THE TOP WITH GREAT VIEWS OF THE CENTER OF BERLIN. THE NEXT PHOTOS ARE FROM THIS VANTAGE POINT | ABOVE SHOWS A VIEW OF THE ART COLLECTION ON MUSEEN INSEL TO THE LEFT IS THE BERLINER DOM SEEN FROM THE CAFE ON TOP OF THE HUMBOLDT BOX

8: ON THE LEFT ARE VIEWS OF THE PALACE RECONSTRUCTION SITE TAKEN FROM THE TOP OF THE HUMBOLDT BOX: ON THE TOP TOWARD THE BERLINER RATHAUS, IN THE MIDDLE, TOWARD THE NIKOLAIKIRCHE, AND ON THE BOTTOM TOWARD THE BRANDENBURGERER TOR

9: OVERVIEW OF THE RECONSTRUCTION SITE | THE BERLINER DOM.....ONCE AGAIN | BERLINER FUNK TURM SEEN FROM THE HUMBOLDT BOX

10: RENATE'S BROTHER, MICHEAL, AND SISTER-IN-LAW, GISELA, DROVE THE FOUR OF US IN THEIR FLASHY BUT RATHER CRAMPED MERCEDES SPORTS CAR TO THE OLD HANSEATIC SEAPORT TOWN OF STRALSUND ON THE COAST OF THE BALTIC SEA. ALTHOUGH THE SMALL CITY WAS REGULARLY DESTROYED EVERY 100 YEARS OR SO BY WAR, IT SURVIVED THE SECOND WORLD WAR WITH RELATIVELY LITTLE DAMAGE. IT IS THUS A FINE EXAMPLE OF A GERMAN BALTIC CITY DATING FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO OUR ERA | THE MARIENKIRCHE, ABOVE, IS ONE OF STRALSUND'S TWO BACKSTEIN (BRICK) CATHREDRALS. IT WAS BUILT ORIGINALLY IN GOTHIC STYLE IN THE 14TH CENTURY AND IS MONUMENTAL AS THIS GROUP OF PHOTOS SHOWS. THE INTERIORS ARE WHITE-WASHED, BUT WALLS , ARCHES AND COLUMNS ARE BRICK

11: ALTARS, SCREENS WITHIN THE MARIENKIRCHE ARE RENAISSANCE OR EARLY NORTH GERMAN BAROCK. THERE ARE NOT MANY AS THEY WERE CLEARED OUT DURING THE REFORMATION. THE CHURCH WAS EMPTY DURING OUR VISIT AND SERVES, IT SEEMS, AS A MUSEUM

12: A 15 MINUTE WALK TAKES YOU THROUGH THE CENTER OF STRALSUND. THE TOWN CONTAINS URBAN STRUCTURES FROM THE RENAISSANCE. THE BUILDING ON THE LEFT IS LIKELY A GENUINE 14TH CENTURY STRUCTURE. THE BOTTOM FLOOR HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A PUB. MICHAEL & GISELA ON THE LEFT, RENATE ON THE RIGHT | MANY OF THE STREETS IN THE CENTER HAVE RENAISSANCE OR BAROCK ROOF LINES AS THE PHOTOS BELOW SHOW | TAKE AWAY THE AUTOMOBILES AND CHANGE THE PEOPLE'S CLOTHING......IT COULD BE THE 16TH CENTURY

13: MORE RENAISSANCE HOUSE FRONTS. THE ONES ABOVE ARE SEEN FROM STRALSUND'S MAIN SQUARE | SIDE ENTRANCE TO THE STRALSUND RATHAUS. IN THE BACKGROUND, IN THE BACKGOROUND IS THE SPIRE OF ST. NIKOLAI, STRALSUND'S OLDEST BACKSTEIN CATHREDRAL. THE CHURCH WAS ERECTED IN THE 11TH CENTURY. THE PRESENT SPIRE, HOWEVER, IS MORE RECENT....RENAISSANCE PERHAPS.

14: IT WAS A WARM DAY SO WE TOOK A BREAK IN A CAFE BORDERING THE TOWN SQUARE FOR WEIN AND TEA (FOR ME). WE ARE SITTING OPPOSITE TO THE RENAISSANCE TOWN HALL (BELOW) AND THE NIKOLAIKIRCHE | THE TOWN SQUARE WAS UNDER RECONSTRUCTION (NOTE THE GRAVEL PILE IN FRONT OF THE RATHAUS) THE STRALSUND RATHAUS, BUILT WITH BRICK, IS UNIQUE IN GERMANY

15: OLD HOUSES BUILT ONTO THE WALLS OF THE NIKOLAI KIRCHE. THEY ARE NEXT TO THE RATHAUS | AN ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK IN THE NIKOLAI KIRCHE

16: THE PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS AND THE NEXT PAGE ARE FROM THE INTERIOR OF THE NIKOLAI KIRCHE.....AGAIN A WHITE-WAHED BRICK CHURCH OF GOTHIC ORIGIN. NOTE THE THE BRIGHT INTERIOR PAINTING

17: THE CARVED 14TH CENTURY ALTAR WAS LOCATED ON A SIDE AISLE. FROM THE CHURCH WE WALKED A FEW STREETS OVER TO THE HARBOUR

18: TRAINING SHIP FOR THE GERMAN MERCHANT MARINE ANCHORED IN THE STRALSUND HARBOUR | HARBOUR-SIDE WAREHOUSES | STRALSUND IS LOCATED ON A BAY AND NOT ON THE BALTIC SEA. THE PHOTO SHOWS THE TOWN FISHING FLEET IN THE HARBOUR.

19: LOOKING BACK INTO TOWN FROM THE HARBOR AREA AS WE STARTED OUR TWO HOUR TRIP BACK TO BERLIN. WE STOPPED FOR DINNER IN THE CITY | SWANS IN THE STRALSUND HARBOUR

20: RENATE & I CONTINUED OUR BERLIN TOUR VIA MICHAEL'S CRAMPED CONVERTIBLE A FEW DAYS LATER. WE LEFT SABINE'S AREA IN SOUTHEAST BERLIN AND HEADED WEST TO PICK UP THE HAVEL RIVER AFTER IT LEFT BERLIN AND BENT NORTHWARD AGAIN. ONCE SOUTH OF THE AUTOBAHN, IT IS FLAT, OPEN FARM LAND, DOTTED WITH SMALL VILLAGES. WE STOPPED AT A VILLAGE ALONG THE RIVER TO WALK PAST AN OLD CHURCH AND ON TO A BRIDGE. OLD WAREHOUSES ON THE RIVER HAD BEEN CONVERTED TO PICTUREQUE RETIREMENT PARTMENTS | THIS IS THE VACATION COTTAGE WE STAYED IN NEAR SABINE'S APARTMENT IN SOUTHEASTERN BERLIN. ACTUALLY, WE OCCUPIED JUST THE BACKROOM OF THE COTTAGE, BUT IT HAD ITS OWN KITCHEN AND WASROOM AND LOOKED OUT OVER A PRETTY GARDEN | I DON'T RECALL THE CHURCH AT WHICH THE PICTURES ON THE RIGHT WERE TAKEN. IT WAS SOMEWHERE THE THE MAGDEBURG AREA

21: A GRAVE COVER FROM INSIDE THE CHURCH AND, ON THE RIGHT, A PULPIT STATUE | THE HAVEL RIVER. THAT'S RENATE'S HEAD IN THE PHOTO BELOW

22: MAGDEBURG WAS A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL GERMAN CITY IN THE 19-20TH CENTURY, BUT IT HAS SHRUNK IN SIZE SINCE WORLD WAR ii. PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE SHOW IT'S HUGE BACKSTEIN CATHEDRAL....A GOTHIC STRUCTURE ORIGINALLY

23: A PAINTED MAGDEBURG TRAM TRAVELING DOWN THE MAIN THOROUGHFARE | AFTER MAGDEBURG, WE DROVE ON TO BRANDENBURG, ONCE THE CAPITAL CITY OF THE STATE. IT IS NOW A PICTURRESQUE SMALL TOWN OVERLOOKING THE HAVEL RIVER. THE TOWN HAS A WONDERFUL GOTHIC CATHEDRAL AND MONASTERY

24: COURTYARD OF THE BRANDENBURG CATHEDRAL AND INTERIOR PHOTOS

25: STATUARY IN THE CATHEDRAL AND ANOTHER VIEW OF THE COURTYARD

26: SOME LAST VIEWS OF THE BRANDENBURG CATHEDRAL | NEXT TO THE CATHEDRAL THERE WAS A FINE TERRACE RESTAURANT WITH A GREAT VIEW OVER THE TOWN

27: MICHAEL IS THE PHOTOGRAPHER AS WE RELAX ON THE TERRACE WAITING FOR DINNER BEFORE DRIVING BACK TO BERLIN

28: Shortly after I returned from Switzerland, Renate and I visited the Berlin Fine Art Museum. This magnificient collection has been moved from the Museen Insel to a new art complex nearby. The collection, certainly one of Europe's best, is housed in modern exxhibition halls with rest areas and a fine restaurant

30: OUR ROUTINE IN BERLIN WAS TO WALK OVER TO SABINE'S APARTMENT IN THE MORNING FOR BREAKFAST. THESE WERE SUMPTUOUS AFFAIRS WITH SPREADS, COLDCUTS, CHEESE AND JAM. WE WOULD RARELY GET UNDERWAY FOR TOURISM BEFORE 11 AM WE USUALLY HAD SUPPER WITH SABINE WHO` IS A FINE COOK AND WHO PREPARED BERLIN SPECIALTIES FOR US. WE HAD DINNER ONCE WITH HER DAUGTHER, BABETTE AND HER FAMILY AND WE WERE INVITED TWICE BY MICHAEL, RENATE'S BROTHER | MICHAEL & GISELA LIVE IN A BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT ON THE TOP FLOOR OF A SMALL APARTMENT HOUSE, WINDOWS ARE ALL AROUND AND THE APARTMENT DECORATIONS ARE "SWISH" AND EXPENSIVE. THEY ARE " UPPER CRUST" BERLIN

31: BOTTLES ON THE TABLE ARE WINE BOTTLES. THE COKE BOTTLE WAS FOR ME.

32: A DAY LATER, SABINE DROVE US TO LEIPZIG, ABOUT 2 HOURS FROM BERLIN VIA THE AUTOBAHN, TO VISIT THE "TURM" EXHIBIT HELD IN THE OLD GAS WORKS. WE ALSO STOPPED AT THE LEIPZIG ZOO TO VISIT THEIR NEW JUNGLE WATERWAY. THE SITE IS SHOWN BELOW | THE ROOF KEEPS THE SITE WARM AND STEAMY. THE TEAK HOUSES SUGGEST MALAYSIA BELOW IS THE THE ABANDONED GASOMETER HOUSING THE GIGANTIC CIRCULAR PHOTO OF THE MT. EVEREST ASCENT. THE SHOW RUNS THROUGH 24 HRS. ON EVEREST | "SCHLACHT BEI LEIPZIG" MONUMENT ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY WHERE THE ALLIED, BUT MOSTLY GERMAN, ARMIES DEFEATED NAPOLEAN LEAVING SOME 30,000 DEAD

33: THE NEXT DAY SABINE WAS IN CHARGE OF "MAX", HER GRANDSON. WE DROVE OUT TO THE PALACE GROUNDS BETWEEN POTSDAM AND BERLIN TO VISIT THE "SAN SOUCI" PALACE OF FREDERICK THE GREAT. IT SITS ON A RIDGE OVERLOOKING PART OF POTSDAM. "SAN SOUCI" IS A BAROQUE GEM. THAT IS THE GARDEN SIDE OF THE PALACE ABOVE. TO THE RIGHT, RENATE, SABINE AND MAX POSE FOR MY CAMERA | FROM THE PALACE, ONE LOOKS DOWN OVER A RANGE OF TERRACES TO A SPLENDID FOUNTAIN AND A PARK BEYOND

34: ANOTHER VIEW OF THE SAN SOUCI PALACE BELOW, A CAZEBO AT THE SIDE OF THE PALACE | THE GRAVE OF FREDERICK THE GREAT. THE POTATOES ON THE GRAVESTONE ARE REMINDERS THAT THE "ALTE FRITZ" INTRODUCED THE POTATO INTO GERMANY | PATH LEADING FROM THE PALACE TO THE WINDMILL

35: THE CHARLOTTENBURG PALACE LIES ON THE WESTERN BORDER OF BERLIN AND WAS BUILT LATE IN THE 19TH CENTURY | IT IS A HUGE CLASSICAL STRUCTURE AS THESE PICTURES SHOW | BESIDES IT'S MUSEUM, IT'S ATTRACTION IS IS THE CLASSICAL GARDEN BEHIND THE PALACE

36: THE GARDEN BEHIND THE PALACE ENDS IN A POND PLIED BY COUPLES IN ROWBOATS | EDGE OF THE FORMAL GARDENS FILLED WITH SPRING FLOWERS | LOOKING BACK TO THE THE PALACE FROM THE GARDEN BORDER

37: SPRING FLOWERS | ANOTHER VIEW BACK TO THE PALACE | THE CENTRAL LIGHT TOWER OF THE MUSEUM OF 20TH CENTURY MASTERS LOCATED OPPOSITE THE CHARLOTTENBURG PALACE

38: HUNTING LODGE OF THE BERLIN NOBILITY ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF BERLIN. THE BUILDING DATES FROM THE 16TH CENTURY AND NOW SERVES AS AN ART GALLERY OF THE HOHENZOLLERN NOBILITY. THERE IS A 1/2 MILE WALK THROUGH THE WOODS TO REACH THE LODGE | VIEW OF THE SMALL LAKE BY THE HUNTING LODGE. THIS IS JUST OUTSIDE OF THE CITY LIMITS | A POSH INN AND RESTAURANT ABOUT HALF-WAY ALONG THE PATH TO THE LODGE

39: THE FOLLOWING DAY SABINE DROVE RENATE, MAX AND MYSELF TO A LARGE, NEW PARK IN THE EASTERN SECTION OF BERLIN CALLED "GARDENS OF THE WORLD". IT IS STILL A PROJECT UNDERWAY. THE UPPER PICTURE SHOWS A PORTION OF THE ISLAMIC GARDEN THAT IS SET IN SORT OF A MOSQUE SQUARE. BETWEEN THE WORLD GARDENS ARE SHRUB AND FLOWER PLANTINGS. ONE OF WHICH WAS A LOVELY CLUMP OF BLOOMING AZALEAS. THE BOTTOM PICTURE SHOWS THE ROCK ARRANGEMENT NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO THE JAPANESE GARDEN

40: THE THREE PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE SHOW THE VERY WELL DONE JAPANESE GARDEN CONSISTING OF SHRUBS WITH A QUAINT WOODEN COTTAGE, WATER AND ROCKS AND SCULPTED PEBBLES

41: THE CHINESE GARDEN WAS BY FAR THE LARGEST AND MOST ELABORATE IN THE PARK. IT WAS ERECTED BY BUILDERS FROM CHINA OVER A THREE YEAR PERIOD | BESIDES AN ELABORATE PAVILLON WITH A TEAROOM, THERE WERE TWO PONDS, BOTH SHOWN IN THE PHOTOS | GOLDEN CARP WERE SWIMMING IN THE PONDS

42: LAUSANNE AFTER TWO WEEKS IN BERLIN, I TOOK AN "EASY JET" FLIGHT TO GENEVA FOR A SHORT VISIT WITH MY SWISS FAMILY, BUT MAINLY TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH JESSE AND MARGAUX. MARGAUX HAS MOVED OUT SO RACHEL DROVE ME TO HER RENNEN APARTMENT. FROM THERE WE TOOK THE TRAIN TO LAUSANNE AND THEN THE FUNICULAR TO THE LAKE FRONT. THERE WE BOARDED THE LAKE STEAMER TO VEVEY WHERE WE VISITED THE FASCINATINATING FOOD MUSEUM OPERATED BY THE NESTLE ORGANIZATION. MARGAUX AND I SAMPLED THEIR MUSEUM FARE BEFORE WALKING BACK TO THE TRAIN STATION AND RIDING BACK TO LAUSANNE. THE PHOTOS BELOW WERE TAKEN FROM THE LAKE STEAMER

43: VINEYARDS CROWD THE SLOPES DOWN TO THE LAKE WHERE THEY RUN INTO SMALL, PICTURESQUE VILLAGES RATHER THAN WATER. THE LAKESHORE IS AN ARRAY OF SAILBOAT MASTS | THE LAKE STEAMER LEAVES THE VEVEY DOCK FOR MONTREUX AND THE EAST END OF LAKE LEMAN

44: MISS MARGAUX, MY OLDEST GRAND DAUGHTER, AT 24, POSING IN FRONT OF THE VEVEY HARBOUR. IT WAS A COLD DAY SO THE COAT WAS NECESSARY | TWO VIEWS FROM THE FRONT OF THE FOOD MUSEUM LOOKING OUT OVER LAKE LEMAN | THE SETTING SUN ON THE MOUNTAINS ACROSS THE LAKE FROM THE VEVEY SHORE

45: ON SUNDAY, JESSE HAD THE AFTERNOON OFF FROM HIS HOTEL JOB IN OUCHY. I PICKED HIM UP THERE AND WE WALKED OVER TO THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM AND, ONCE THERE, WE WALKED THROUGH THE PARK AND BACK TO OUCHY WHERE THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN. A DAY LATER WE GATHERED IN PENTHAZ WHERE MARGAUX'S BEAU, DIDIER, JOINED FOR AN EPIC RACLETTE DINNER. ALAS, IT WAS THEN TIME TO RETUR N TO BERLIN

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