Archive for July, 2014

July 29, 2014

Exploring Potsdam

I had a fun time exploring Potsdam today. I wandered along the cobblestone path, through the castle-like city gate and was on the Main Street dotted with shops. Buskers’ music sounded here and there and all around me people were looking inside the quaint shop windows or sitting at cafe’s people-watching. The sun beat down so I ordered a mango ice cream in 100% German which I was very proud of. I also bought a pretzel, a Potsdam fridge magnet, pink European sandals and a blue handbag. I rested a while, sitting on the rim of a water fountain surrounded by a pool with other people. We dipped our feet in the water and gazed at our surroundings. I looked up to the top of the water fountain which was cascading down with some speed, towards the Brandenburg arch, to shady trees with benches underneath and back towards the shops. I made my way back through the shops and bought some traditional German Black Forest Cake/Torte’ and some red Johannesburg berries: delicious- the sweetness of the cake was complemented by the sourness of the berries 🙂 Lovely day in Potsdam.

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July 28, 2014

A Visit to a Park

Today we visited a park in Potsdam. We walked past silver birch trees and past an old red-brick wall: we were inside the park! Great fir trees stood together overlooking us as blackbirds hopped here and there on the grass and then flitted between the trees. A majestic Marble Palace (not all 100% real marble apparently) stood at one end, flanked by gardens and water fountains. A Great Lake was before us dotted with swimmers, waterbirds and a little boat. Sunbathers and bookworms flanked the shoreline, basking in the summer sun. Apparently a couple of weeks ago the grass of the park was filled with white flowers. We found an Egyptian-looking cafe’. Beside this was a garden with big black and yellow bumblebees busy collecting pollen from the kaleidoscope of flowers. We wandered along the path by the lakeside and I gazed up to the tops of the poplar trees and across the lake to the willows. I remembered such trees from living in Canberra, Australia as a child from exploring the surrounding banks of Lake Burley-Griffin. We wandered along the path further and went home.

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July 27, 2014

Sightseeing Tour of Potsdam

We had a great day doing a sightseeing tour of Potsdam. From the line of the Berlin Wall on the road which had separated East from West, what used to be Russian soldier barracks, a red-brick Dutch Quarter which is now shops and accommodation for all nationalities, gardens, parks, lakes and palaces-Potsdam has a bit of everything! The tour bus had headphones and all I had to do was plug mine into the side of the bus and select “English” as my language. We had approximately three stops on our hop-on, hop-off tour of this historic city. We wandered amongst majestic palaces, sprawling vineyards and colourful gardens. Water fountains soared above us and trees formed a leafy canopy above our heads as we walked over the cobblestones on our adventure. We took the sightseeing bus back to the city centre and had chocolate and marzipan torte’s with apple mineral water (apple juice mixed with mineral water) and a Fanta. We huddled on our bright orange cushions under the great umbrella as rain drops fell and thunder clashed above our heads. An adventurous and thrilling day in Potsdam!

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July 26, 2014

Potsdamer Erlebnisnacht

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We wandered over to Potsdamer Erlebnisnacht which was a selection of markets, street performers, buskers and activities for children. My godmother Kerstin’s daughter Norah and her friend had fun on the jumping castle, making bubbles and walking
on tight ropes. Kerstin even gave them a precious porcelain doll each to look after. The Potsdamer Erlebnisnacht was along the main cobblestoned street which is lined with quaint stores. The architecture is magnificent and the buildings are varying shades of peach and cream. They weren’t too brightly-coloured or neutral but just right. Tall, leafy green trees lined the pathway and we found a musical metal object that made a different sound when you stood on a different square of it. This was a lot of fun. I bought a wrotbrackwurst traditional German hotdog which was delicious. I then had a lime cocktail with ice which was refreshing in the summer sun. The heat shone down but we armed ourselves with sunglasses and hats and snacked on ice creams. I had a mango one with smarties. They mix fresh mango and smarties in front of you. Licking my ice cream contentedly, I made my way towards the church at the end of the Main Street. We found some people salsa dancing and Norah and her friend danced too. A lovely day in Potsdam.

 

 

 

July 26, 2014

In Germany!

I flew into Berlin, Germany a couple of days ago and it was brilliant! We came in over giant, IMG_5894 IMG_5893 IMG_5892 IMG_5891 IMG_5890 IMG_5889 IMG_5888 IMG_5887 IMG_5886 IMG_5885 IMG_5884green pine forests and over green landscapes. It was raining a bit but it was a nice change from the heat of England during the summer. England is currently experiencing somewhat of a heatwave. After landing in Berlin, I found my godmother Kerstin, my mum‘s dearest childhood friend, and together we caught a bus, train and taxi to Potsdam. I could not see much as it was nighttime but what I could see on my journey was exciting. Peering out of the taxi window, I spied old buildings, green, leafy trees and cobblestoned streets. I felt the cobblestones as we drove over them.

Yesterday we went to a giant shopping centre which is connected to the main Potsdam HBF train station. Again, it was rainy and fresh so it was nice to be inside and looking at interesting things along with all of the other people. There were lots of colourful European clothes and I bought some myself. I got some black shorts, a white strapless dress with a floral print near the hemline, a green, tropical top and some blue three-quarter trousers (or “pants” as we Aussies like to call them) with a nice brown leather belt. I passed black forest cake looking tempting through a glass baker window and the scent of big, square pizza slices drizzled with cheese wafted through the air in my direction. We did some grocery shopping, then caught public transport back starting with a tram. You buy your ticket from a machine once you are on board and there are German and English languages displayed on the screen. I could see Potsdams‘s castle-like towering city gates in the distance…And we were gone…