S: Moldova and Germany 2012
BC: DEPARTED | Germany | 6 June 2012 | DEPARTED | Moldova | 29 May 2012
FC: Moldova and Germany 2012
1: May 15-June 5, 2012 14 days in Moldova 7 days in Germany Playing Second Fiddle
2: The history of Chisinau, Moldova's capital, goes back to the 15th century
3: The history of the Republic of Moldova as an independent country only goes back to 1991
4: May 15—a layover in Munich
5: Folks in Munich enjoy their beer!
6: May 16-celebrating Mike Gorman's six months of volunteer service with Invest Credit
7: May 17-19 CSC (IFES Moldova) Conference and Job Fair
8: faces of student ministry in Moldova
10: Milesti Mici World's largest wine cellar 250km 2007 Guinness World Record
12: A very special time with Valentin, his wife Natalia and their daughter Eva
13: (clockwise from top left) dinner with Mike's landlords Valeriu and Eugenia and son Mihai; almost 9 months; bbq master Ghena at work; Tim Vickers and Mugurash; Invest Credit staff making annual plans
14: A | One of the joys in Chisinau is walking in the city's many parks. The huge "Parcul Dendrariu" is like an arboretum and especially beautiful.
15: An evening with Rodica in the Parcul Dendrariu
16: Changes in our old Riscani neighborhood included a new Afghan war memorial, an elegant high-rise and small shops replacing street vendors on Str. Matei Basarab
18: New... | ...old
19: On to Germany...
20: BERLIN | Mostly destroyed in WW II and with the East a drab place until the Wall came down in 1989, Berlin is a city filled with new buildings amid a few classics
21: (clockwise, from top left) Reichstag Museum Island Brandenburg Gate Government Offices
23: Potsdamer Platz Site of Hitler's bunker | Neue Synagoge on Oranienburger Str.
24: The rebuilt Hotel Adlon, a short distance from the Brandenburg Gate, captures the splendor of the original, which was a gathering place for celebrities and journalists in the 1930s
25: Holocaust Memorial
26: Walking in former East Berlin | 1—Mauer (Wall)—Bernauer Str. exhibit 2—Our hotel 3—Main train station (Hauptbahnhof) 4—Neue Synagoge 5—Museum Island 6—Reichstag 7—Brandenburg Gate 8—Holocaust memorial 9—Potsdamer Platz, Wall exhibit 10—Bugatti dealer on Friedrichstrasse 11—Checkpoint Charlie 12—Jewish Museum | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
27: Potsdamer Platz Wall remnant and exhibit | Soviet-era building near our hotel
28: Walk down Friedrichstrasse to Checkpoint Charlie... | Then... | ...now
29: ...and the Jewish Museum
30: A Jewish cemetery adjacent to the 18th century Sophienkirche on Grosse Hamburger Str. | Wall remnant and no man's land exhibit at Bernauer Str
31: Museum Island
32: Next stop: Halle (Saale) birthplace of Handel home of our friends Martin and Dagmar Petrick and their sons Fritjof, Valentin, Tilman, Benjamin
33: We had a great time together in beautiful Wurlitzer Park
34: Wittenberg | Luther's Church | The 95 Theses | Luther's Home
35: Music everywhere...from a dress rehearsal in the main square of Wittenberg for a live broadcast of a church service... | ...to the streets of Halle where, on a Sunday afternoon the music of Handel came from several churches
36: High water marks that go back centuries mix with graffiti on a building in Halle
37: "George Fredric Handel" talks with visitors to his birthplace | We would love to have more opportunities to be with Martin and Dagmar!
38: Last stop in Germany was Frankfurt, where our travel schedule gave us time to discover that this city had a lot more to offer than one of the world's busiest airports (and did our hotel provide a hint of future travel?). | It isn't just in Munich where folks enjoy their beer...
39: The streets of Frankfurt were ALIVE!
40: Is there any place that is not "occupied"? | Cruising on the River Main
41: ACCrui | Buildings on Romerburg plaza were rebuilt after being largely destroyed in 1944 | European Central Bank headquarters under construction in Frankfurt's Ostend | Alte Oper concert hall
42: The Palm Garden | A plant paradise in the heart of Frankfurt