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Schloss Sans Souci and Windmill

I got up early this morning and met Skot, Jessica's new beau, for breakfast.  He had a sore throat, so was having hot tea with vinegar as a remedy.  It smelled horrid.  Hope it worked!  After a hearty breakfast, I was off to find my way to Potsdam.  I walked over by the Zoo again for a chance to see Knut, the polar bear cub, but the lines were huge and I decided to pass.  I was able to catch the S-Bahn train direct to Potsdam at the Zoo.  It was cheap -- 2.10 euros and a 35 minute trip.

Potsdam is West of Berlin and is where the Schloss Sans Souci (the Versailles of Germany) is located, and is also the place where Stalin, Truman and Churchill met to plan the occupation of Germany after World War II came to an end.

Burial Plot of Freidrich the Great, with roses and potatoes
  From the train station in Potsdam, I caught a bus to Sans Souci (the name means "without care" -- not sure why a German palace has a French name -- maybe something to do with French being the language of diplomacy).  Schloss Sans Souci was the palace of Freidrich the Great.  The grounds here are immense.  I walked for hours.  The palace itself is very ornate and filled with period furniture and art.  Immediately outside the Palace I found the tomb of Freidrich the Great.  Someone had left fresh roses on the tombstone along with potatoes.  Roses I get, but potatoes left me baffled.  I would not solve this mystery until another day!  The rear of the San Souci Palace has a huge set of steps down to a magnificent garden and grounds.
The best lunch ever! Reisling and Blinis in Potsdam
  It has immaculate plantings, many statues, ponds, etc.  This was also once the Royal Hunting Grounds.

The Sans Souci is within a larger area known as the Prussian Palaces.  Various palaces and buildings are all over this area including the New Palace, the Oranagerie (for visiting royals),  Schloss Charlotenhof, the Chinese Haus, and the University of Potsdam.  It is very beautiful, and layed out  -- just a huge place to cover on foot!

After I finished touring the Prussian Palaces, I tried to walk to the Schloss Cecilienhof -- the site of the Potsdam Conference among the leaders of the Soviets, the British and the Americans.  It looked very close on the map, but it was not!  I was starving, and as I walked along, finally found a bier garten to stop and have some lunch.

Schloss Cecilienhof, where Stalin, Churchill and Truman reached the Potsdam Agreement
  It was delightful!  It was tucked away in a very green garden.  I had a blini -- a crepe with meat and onions inside topped with sour cream.  That and a glass of reisling, and I was ready to complete my walk to Cecilienhof!

Cecilienhof was the summer palace of Crown Prince Wilhelm and his wife, Cecile of Mecklenberg.  There is a fairly good representation of how Truman, Stalin and Churchill (and later, Atlee) met here to agree on how to carve up Germany and  Eastern Europe and how to deal with the issue of reparations for the war.  They seem to imply that Stalin got the best of Truman and Atlee, in that Roosevelt had died and Churchill was voted out of office -- and the two of them had the most experience in dealing with the War and Stalin.  I did get to see the table where the conference was held and the private quarters of each of the three leaders.  It's pretty eerie to see history up close and personal like that!

I caught a bus back to Potsdam Central and then the train back to the Zoo stop -- all pretty easy now that I have the hang of it!

 

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Schloss Sans Souci and Windmill
Schloss Sans Souci and Windmill
Burial Plot of Freidrich the Great…
Burial Plot of Freidrich the Grea…
The best lunch ever!  Reisling and…
The best lunch ever! Reisling an…
Schloss Cecilienhof, where Stalin,…
Schloss Cecilienhof, where Stalin…
Schloss Sans Souci from below
Schloss Sans Souci from below
San Souci from front
San Souci from front
View from terrace
View from terrace
Statue on grounds
Statue on grounds
on the grounds of the Sans Souci
on the grounds of the Sans Souci
Statue on the grounds of Sans Souci
Statue on the grounds of Sans Souci
Freidrich the Great
Freidrich the Great
Statue on grounds at San Souci
Statue on grounds at San Souci
Burial plot for Freidrichs Wife
Burial plot for Freidrich's Wife
The Orangerie (Guest House)
The Orangerie (Guest House)
Gate to the Gardens
Gate to the Gardens
Wing of the New Palace
Wing of the New Palace
New Palace
New Palace
New Palace rear view
New Palace rear view
Schloss Charletenhof
Schloss Charletenhof
Romische Bader
Romische Bader
Chinese Haus
Chinese Haus
Schloss Cecilienhof
Schloss Cecilienhof
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