POTSDAM, RAIN, CASTLES HOW BEAUTIFUL

Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
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Trip End Sep 02, 2009


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Flag of Germany  , Brandenburg,
Friday, July 10, 2009

It is sunny and feels warm. We are in shorts and short sleeve shirts and going back to Potsdam to have a look at their parks and castles. 

We catch the bus to Wannsee and train to Potsdam and the bus downtown to the market place to have a Bratwurst for lunch.  Mmmm good.  We buy some more cherries to eat on our walk through the town. 

It is now cold with storm clouds threatening, we each buy a sweat suit.  The rain begins and we help them cover up their clothes.  Then it stops and the sun is out and nice and warm.

We visit the old gate to the city and the Dutch area, here, the houses are small red bricks, wooden shutters on the windows and different from the homes in the other areas of the town.  We walk back down the pedestrian street towards their Brandenburg Gates and the tourist information centre.

We make it to the information centre and it pours again.  It clears up and we go through Sanssouci Park.  There are several castles here, mid 17 hundreds, Sanssouci Palace, the New Chambers, a historic wooden windmill, and the New Palace, beautiful gardens and a Chinese House.  It is really an enjoyable walk.  There are lots of bike paths, if only we had bikes.  We have now walked our feet of for over 3 hours, time to head home.

We make it back to the information centre just in time, another storm passes through.  When it is over we go to the grocery store and pick up some goodies for super and then catch the train back home. 

We eat and clean up before the next storm goes through.  Yikes it is wet.

We spend the evening talking with the couple from Holland and having a little Brandy.  They both work in Amsterdam for the over 65 senior work force.  She teaches Dutch to new immigrants and he works at the Marriott in Amsterdam. They are busy with holidays in Paris and surrounding areas to pickup some nice French wine.  They are in a huge tent, 2 folding chairs and a table, they make tea and eat out.  They brought their bikes and ride to the train station and back to the camp site.  We learn he is 75 and she is 70.  I sure hope we are as fit as they are when we reach that age!

It was a great evening and we really enjoyed our time here.
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