S: Germany 2010
FC: Germany 2010 July 21-August 5, 2010 Potsdam Germany and Surrounding Areas
1: Our Trip to Potsdam, Germany
2: BUGA Park, Potsdam, Germany
3: Anna's Circus in Buga Park | These young girls were performing after only a week of circus lessons.
4: Downtown Potsdam
6: Downtown Potsdam included beautiful churches (this page top left and bottom right), the Dutch Quarter (build 1737-42, right page, brick buildings) and beautiful streets made of brick and stone.
9: St Peter Paul Catholic Church. | This church, as well as other churches in the Potsdam and Berlin area, is a functioning church which allows tourist to visit at no charge during the week.
10: Traveling in Potsdam with Aaron and Anna.
11: Almuth and Thomas Barta's Home
12: Spreewalder Home to storks, beautiful canals, gardens, and a brewery/restaurant.
17: While we were in Spreewalder, we went on a boat/gondola ride which weaved in and out of canals for nearly two hours. It was very relaxing and peaceful and allowed us to see beautiful scenery such as the two pictures above, right.
18: Mmmmm.. | German food served at Spreewalder's brewery/restaurant: Potatoes are a traditional side dish for many meals. Joy had fish with potato salad (Bottom left) and Bruce had chicken with boiled and seasoned potatoes (Top right).
19: This beautiful greenery dome, located at Spreewalder, is used for weddings. From the outside, it appears to be a huge grouping of bushes, but from the inside, it is a beautiful display of agricultural architecture.
20: Storks | All over the town of Spreewalder, these storks live, making their nests on poles and chimneys.
21: Country Church near Spreewalder
23: This yearly festival/carnival celebrates and honors the United States for their involvement in the Berlin Air Lift. Each year the theme of this carnival is based on a famous U.S. state or city. This year marked the fifty year anniversary of the Berlin Airlift and so th theme was "50 States, 50 Years"
24: This carnival had a wonderful mix of American and German themes, rides, and food. It was a wonderful time with Anna and her parents Thomas and Almuth.
25: This page shows some of the California themes celebrated at the "50 States 50 Years" carnival. | "50 States 50 Years" | Below Left: Famous Bridge where hostages were traded during WWII. Below Middle: Path marks where the Berlin Wall once was. | This path was the first place that we encountered where the Berlin Wall had once stood. To be able to walk along this path was humbling and exhilarating.
26: Potsdam, Germany: Sanssouci Park... Next 7 pages.
27: This building, also called Orangery Palace, was built in 1851-60 to store tropical plants in the cold season. The Orangery consists of almost 100 meter long halls with glass windows. The three wing complex is about 300 meters wide and is beautifully decorated on the outside with statues.
30: Top left: Beautiful statue in front of Orangery. Left column: Windmill in Sanssouci Park. Bottom left: The flute player, plays at the entrance of Sanssouci Palace rain or shine all year long.
31: Schloss Sanssouci (Sanssouci Palace) was built by Frederick the Great as a summer residence . "Sanssouci", meaning "free of care", was completed in 1748 and became the favorite residence of the king. Famous guest of the king include the French writer and philosopher Voltaire, who stayed from 1740-53. | Sanssouci Palace is a one-story, three-wing complex located high up on a vineyard which was specially created for it.
35: Downtown Potsdam
36: Bruce's 31st Birthday | The day was filled with fun, music, laughter, games, and Orange Chicken and Chocolate cake for lunch.
37: Our first day in Berlin..
42: Bruce standing where the Berlin Wall once was. | Brick line shows where the Berlin Wall used to be. | Checkpoint Charlie. | Near Checkpoint Charlie
43: Checkpoint Charlie
44: Day of relaxation: We took a break from all our sightseeing to spend several hours just relaxing at a café. We ate wonderful food and played the game "Bang". This morning like many others, was filled with laughter.
46: Every yard and café had beautiful flowers. | These birds were watching us from a safe distance as we relax at a local café.
47: We thought that we would pick up unicycle riding much faster than we did. Unfortunately we were horrible at it, although we had a blast trying something new.
48: Left and Right Page: Cecilienhof Manor Cecilienhof Manor played a special role after the end of WWII as the meeting place of the victorious powers. Truman (USA), Stalin (Soviet Union) and Churchill (later replaced by Attlee from th UK). It was here that Germany was divided by the Allied Powers, creating the divisions that would later be seen by the world as evidence of the Cold War. From these divisions came the blockade of Berlin which was answered by the Berlin Airlift and the Berlin Wall.
50: The Neues Palais (New Palace) was built by Frederick the Great directly after the end of he Seven Years' War (1763-69). This palace is the larges within Sanssouci Park. It is known for its lavish rooms, marble halls and grotto hall (pictured on the right).
54: Aaron and Anna's church in Berlin
55: Berlin Airlift Memorial. Germans refer to the Airlift as the "Air Bridge", this monument is of a bridge reaching into the sky. At the base are the names of the pilots involved.
56: Berlin Airlift/Air Bridge Memorial | Above right: the eagle, the national bird of Germany. Below right: airport used for Berlin Airlift. Building was designed by Hitler.
57: This airport, which is located in the center of Berlin, was re-designed by Hitler during his reign of power and was later used by the U.S. for the Berlin Airlift. Now the airport is closed down and is used for recreational activities
58: The back side of this airport is now used for bicycling, picnics, and kite flying. One of the planes used for the Berlin Airlift has been left behind in remembrance.
60: Last day in Berlin