Yes I would actually like to go inside, please!

Trip Start May 12, 2007
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Trip End May 27, 2007


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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

At 1pm we had an optional excursion to POTSDAM to see SANSSOUCI PALACE and CECILIENHOF PALACE. And see was what we did in the front and back of Sanssouci. What a damn disappointment. Excuse my English. Evidently when our pamphlets stated SEE it must mean from the outside and VISIT must mean an inside tour. We had a nice guide but we thought we were to go inside but we only walked around the front and back of the grounds.  Southwest of Berlin, Prussian kings lived here and so there are a few palaces in this area. We SAW Sanssouci, also known as Schloss Sanssouci first which is a long, one story building and yellow in color. Being built in the 1740's, it was  the summer home of Frederick the Great, the King of Prussia. We saw the colonnades, gazebos, grave of Frederick and his hunting dogs and the terrace gardens.
Next we visited Cecilienhof Palace, also known as Schloss Cecilienhof which was built between 1913 and 1917 for Crown Prince Wilhelm. The Potsdam conference also took place here in July, 1945. To me, the outside looked like what I imagined a palace in Germany to look like; shades of tan and brown trimmed in black. The interior courtyard had red flowers shaped like a star. Inside we got to tour 9 rooms, including the room where the conference between Stalin, Churchill and Truman took place. Now the palace is a hotel and restaurant. On the grounds, there was a pretty windmill that was reconstructed by Friedrich Wilhelm II in 1791. We got back into Berlin around 5pm where we had dinner at our hotel. My meal of pork and potatoes in cream sauce was pretty good and just under 12 euros. An early night for us as we had a wakeup call for 0600.
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