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The First Half of a Long Day - Warnemünde to Berlin

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View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2009 Baltic Cruise & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Prequel

In 1976, my mother took my daughter to Europe. They visited Berlin - both East and West.
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My_grandmothers_photo_of_me_in_1976_Berlin


The above photo shows my 13 year old daughter who was traveling with my mother. She is holding my old Kodak Retina Reflex film camera. They had some problem at Checkpoint Charlie, because my mother's last name was different from my daughter's last name, but they did eventually get through. Initially I wanted to take a private tour and visit this museum, but that did not work out.

End Prequel

19 June 2009 - At some point today, I discovered to my horror that my granddaughter's camera had been reset to take pictures of about 100 pixels instead of the more normal 3000 pixels. I don't think she believed me about it - she kept saying I was looking at thumbnails, but it was true.

20 June 2009
We were supposed to be at the Queens Lounge (i.e. the theatre) at 0700 this morning, so we had breakfast delivered, and as usual, it came 10 minutes before the wakeup call. If I set the breakfast as 0600 to 0630, and the wakeup call to 0540, the breakfast comes at 0530. I can't get it right no matter what I do. I suspect they do our breakfast early because we have no eggs or hot things in it. The only hot thing we ordered was my granddaughter's coffee.
Bow camera picture of the port

Bow camera picture of the port


Anyway we did get up and breakfast and get dressed and up to the Queens Lounge before 0650 to find that they weren't announcing the groups there and that they had already done our group, which was #1. So we toddled right outside, and there was a tall girl with the number one sign and she gathered all of us together in several parking places marked off on the pavement. It turned out that we were walking across to the train.
Granddaughter's photo of the train

Granddaughter's photo of the train


My granddaughter really likes trains.
Crossing the tracks to the train - granddaughter's

Crossing the tracks to the train - granddaughter's

Poppies by the tracks

Poppies by the tracks


The guide made us go into the compartments in the order that we arrived at the train and in our compartment there were already four people, two by the window. I wanted to go into the next compartment so I could take pictures, but the girl wouldn't let me, and none of the people would move.

The guide said there was nothing to take a picture of but forests (which wasn't true).
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Warnemunde Train station


So we sat next to the corridor. It actually turned out to be good as we could go into the corridor easily and put down the window to take pictures of things like the big electricity generating windmills
Windmills from the train

Windmills from the train


cows and fields.
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Fields


We were also in the last car in the train which meant B could go out and take photos of the train tracks behind us.
Granddaughter's photo out the back of the train

Granddaughter's photo out the back of the train

Tracks beside the train

Tracks beside the train

No feet

No feet

Train control panel

Train control panel


She also took a video. Her camera has been restored to regular picture size. There was a toilet there at the end of the car, which I used
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Selfie in the train bathroom


and also a dining car a couple of cars forward if we wented it. I took a photo of the corridor, and my reflection makes it look as if I have no head.
Headless pax

Headless pax


Our minder passed out lunch boxes about 0800 which consisted of a sandwich, water
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and a piece of candy called a Haribo Goldbaren which was sort of like gummy bears. Afterwards we got a piece of butterscotch hard candy.
View from the train

View from the train

Berlin train yard

Berlin train yard


Our companions turned out to be two couples who were or had been school teachers in Phoenix - one of whom had a replacement knee and who was almost as slow at walking as I am. One of them commented about graffiti and asked whether it was deliberate. So there was a discussion about whether it was tagging or art. B looked for and photographed some of the "art" graffiti. We have also had an on-going discussion about vandalism. She lumps graffiti into vandalism, and I think that vandalism is more than just graffiti.
Graffiti

Graffiti


Mural

Mural


Apparently I was so disappointed at not sitting by the window that the guide/minder told me she saved a front seat in the bus for me with an umbrella. Sure enough, when we got to the bus, there was an umbrella across the seats that were right behind the guide's jumpseat.
Looking down on the driver from our seat

Looking down on the driver from our seat


We picked up a Berlin guide at this point.Berlin TV tower

Berlin TV tower

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Fountain and Trolley

Canal

Canal

DSCN2409.JPGChurch of St. Mary and Fernsehturm

Church of St. Mary and Fernsehturm

Wheelchair user

Wheelchair user

DSCN2424.JPGBerlin City Hall

Berlin City Hall

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National Berlin Cathedral

Side Dome of Berlin Cathedral

Side Dome of Berlin Cathedral

Mural on the cathedral of Jesus

Mural on the cathedral of Jesus

Alte Nationalgalerie

Alte Nationalgalerie

DSCN2449.JPGTop of the Gallery and Statue of Frederick William IV of Prussia in front of the Old National Gallery

Top of the Gallery and Statue of Frederick William IV of Prussia in front of the Old National Gallery

Humboldt Univesity and statue of Alexander von Humboldt

Humboldt Univesity and statue of Alexander von Humboldt


Archer statue

Archer statue


We were in the old East Germany so we had a tour of the old East Berlin. We saw quite a few Trabi cars which had been - the guide told us - the only cars you could buy in East Germany, and were cheap plastic boxes, which even though they were cheap, you still had to wait several years to get one.
Trabi

Trabi


Trabi car

Trabi car

My granddaughter loved these cars and so we took a lot of photos of the
Zebra Trabi

Zebra Trabi

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About 1030 we got to Checkpoint Charlie and it was clear to me that we were going to get out and walk, so I said I would stay on the bus and I did. These are the photos that my granddaughter took on her walk.
The last Kremlin Flag

The last Kremlin Flag

Statue on top of Brandenburg Gate

Statue on top of Brandenburg Gate


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Feet and cobblestones

Feet and cobblestones


She walked through and along the old wall which is marked on the road with bricks.
Berliner Mauer 1961-1989

Berliner Mauer 1961-1989

Line where the Berlin wall was

Line where the Berlin wall was

Granddaughter's feet on the old Berlin wall site

Granddaughter's feet on the old Berlin wall site


Holocaust Memorial - my granddaughter's photo

Holocaust Memorial - my granddaughter's photo


The bus drove around to meet them on the other side.
Entrance

Entrance


Holocaust Memorial-my photo

Holocaust Memorial-my photo

Granddaughter returning to the bus

Granddaughter returning to the bus


Berlin Victory Column AKA  Goldelse

Berlin Victory Column AKA Goldelse


We passed the Siegessäule on the bus although we did not get to actually visit. It was designed by Heinrich Strack after 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War. By the time it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and France in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71). These were called the "Unification Wars". The statue of the bronze Victoria designed by Friedrich Drake is on the top.

According to internet sites: Built on a base of polished red granite, the column sits on a hall of pillars with a glass mosaic designed by Anton von Werner.

The column itself consists of four solid blocks of sandstone, three of which are decorated by cannon barrels captured from the enemies of the Unification Wars. The fourth ring was added by Hitler after the Battle of France ended.

..In 1939, the Nazis relocated the column to its present site at the Großer Stern (Great Star), a large intersection on the city axis that leads from the former Berliner Stadtschloss (Berlin City Palace) through the Brandenburg Gate to the western parts of the city. The place it originally stood was heavily bombed by the Allies so it probably would not have survived.

The relief decoration was removed at the request of the French forces in 1945, and without a British-American veto, the French would have dynamited the monument after the war. It was restored for the 750th anniversary of Berlin in 1987 by the French president at that time, François Mitterrand. However, several sections remain in France.

You can visit by walking through one of four tunnels under the heavily trafficked circle, built in 1941 according to the plans of Albert Speer. For a small fee you can climb a steep spiral staircase of 285 steps almost to the top of the column, to just under the statue. From this perspective you can look over the Tiergarten including the Soviet War Memorial, 1946, in line with the Nazi proposed north-south triumphal way by Speer and Hitler.

4802669-Detail_of_the_column_Berlin.jpgDetail of the column and Reliefs and entrance door

Detail of the column and Reliefs and entrance door

Victoria at the top

Victoria at the top


Manhole cover with Berlin landmarks

Manhole cover with Berlin landmarks


By 1100 we were at the Brandenberg Gate,
Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate


and I did get out there and took some photos of B.
Granddaughter in front of Brandenburg Gate

Granddaughter in front of Brandenburg Gate

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Boats on the River Spree


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Bundesrat - former Prussian House of Lords in Berlin

Bundesrat - former Prussian House of Lords in Berlin


Then we stopped for another photo op at the part of the wall that remains.
Berlin wall

Berlin wall

Berlin wall

Berlin wall


Then because streets were being blocked off for some kind of bike race tomorrow, we went back to Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie


and this time it was to go to lunch so I did get pictures of B there after all.
Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie


We went to a place called Maximillians where we were to have 'typical' German fare.
Maxmillian's sign out front

Maxmillian's sign out front


Outside Maximilians

Outside Maximilians


Bread and I think the board has the wine list

Bread and I think the board has the wine list


Buffet table

Buffet table


It was a buffet.
Bread and buffet choices

Bread and buffet choices


There were two kinds of salad, chicken paprika and sausages and sauerkraut, roast pork, fish and various vegetables and potatoes. Also soft pretzels which were very very salty.
Pretzel

Pretzel


There was a kind of pudding in a glass with raspberry (or some kind of berry) topping on it, which was very good.
Dessert

Dessert

Bathroom selfie

Bathroom selfie

Parking tag in the bus

Parking tag in the bus


Granddaughter outside the restaurant

Granddaughter outside the restaurant


Then we drove to the dock to get on the ferry
German Museum of Technology with an airplane suspended over it

German Museum of Technology with an airplane suspended over it

100_1934.JPGKaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church



For a Visit to Potsdam

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Tracking The Potsdam Conference

And Returning to the Ship


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Prequel

My mother and daughter went to Potsdam on their tour into East Germany in 1976). They went to San Souci.
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I have a couple of photos my daughter took there.
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SanSouci


They were shown the room where the Potsdam conference was held. My mother (as was her wont) took a photo out of the window. Some of the other people on the tour came to her and said that the guards were upset about the photo as it would show the East German side of "the wall". They said she should make herself scarce. So she and my daughter put on their raincoats, and hid their cameras and got back on the bus. The photo did not show anything remarkable - it was just a bleak landscape. I don't have that photo right now.

End Prequel

After lunch, we got on a boat and rode out to Potsdam
Dock in Berlin

Dock in Berlin

Playground near the dock

Playground near the dock


Dog on the dock

Dog on the dock


Looking back at the stern

Looking back at the stern

Mallard near the dock

Mallard near the dock


4800934-Passing_boat_Potsdam.jpgPassing boat on the left - Guide at the front of the boat

Passing boat on the left - Guide at the front of the boat


Pfaueninsel

Pfaueninsel

Boats

Boats

Moby Dick

Moby Dick

One of the ferry boats

One of the ferry boats


Beach

Beach

House on shore

House on shore

Aid to Navigation

Aid to Navigation

Boat house

Boat house


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It was a nice boat ride (we were on the top deck) and B slept a little bit on the life preserver box.
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Glienicke Bridge from the ferry

4800875-Glienicke_Bridge_Potsdam.jpgGlienicke Bridge

Glienicke Bridge

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Peacock Island Palace

Lower deck of the boat

Lower deck of the boat

Ladies room

Ladies room

Looking out through a window screen or curtain

Looking out through a window screen or curtain


Boat landing

Boat landing


We got to Potsdam about 1500, and walked up to Cecilienhof where the Potsdam Conference was held. Here I decided it would be too much walking for me, so Suzanne (our minder) took me back to the bus. My granddaughter went on with the group. She reported that the tour was was mostly of the gardens
Scene walking up to the palace

Scene walking up to the palace

Still a Red Star in the garden

Still a Red Star in the garden

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Side door with topiary

Ladybug on a leaf

Ladybug on a leaf

4800772-Flowers_and_Flower_Fauna_Potsdam.jpgDay Lily

Day Lily


Spider on a poppy bud

Spider on a poppy bud


and they didn't go into the house. The best she was able to do was to take a pictureure of the window in the room where the Potsdam conference was held.
Window to the room of the Potsdam conference

Window to the room of the Potsdam conference

4800665-Timberframe_construction_Potsdam.jpgChimney Pots of Cecilienhof

Chimney Pots of Cecilienhof


Then we got back on the bus and drove around Potsdam itself
Potsdam medieval wall

Potsdam medieval wall

Gate

Gate


Street in Potsdam

Street in Potsdam

Approaching the Potsdam Filmmuseum

Approaching the Potsdam Filmmuseum

New Palace as we pass

New Palace as we pass

Our bus follows the green line

Our bus follows the green line

Trams and buses

Trams and buses

Obelisk Gate of San Souci

Obelisk Gate of San Souci

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Arch and Column

Ornate top of New Chambers building

Ornate top of New Chambers building


Until we got to Sansouci Park.
Park map posted at Sans Souci

Park map posted at Sans Souci


Finally, here, even my granddaughter decided that it was too much to do so we both opted to stay in the bus area. She wanted an ice cream got to Sansouci Park. but I had only 1.5 euros and the concession stands
Candy land

Candy land


wouldn't take any other kind of money, so she got 1.5 euros worth of the gummy bear type candy.
Gummy Bear type candy

Gummy Bear type candy


Granddaughter reflected in the window

Granddaughter reflected in the window


Then the bus took us back to the train station where we were supposed to take our some seats for the ride back. But apparently the other four people in the compartment decided among themselves that we should have the window this time, so that's where we were. B slept a little. The train picked up the rest of the tour groups in Berlin and then the train took us back to the port.
Back on the train

Back on the train


Granddaughter on trip back

Granddaughter on trip back


Susanne (who is a college student - married - age 26 with a five year old and a 3 month old child) gave us
German chips

German chips


and
Nic Nacs

Nic Nacs


(both very salty) for snacks

WIndmills

WIndmills


We got back about 2030, and after dropping our stuff at the cabin, we went right to the dining room. They were having a BBQ on the Lido deck, but I was not up for that. I had Melon and Papaya slices and B had
Steamed Manila Clams

Steamed Manila Clams


as appetizers. She had double baked potato soup and I had Prime Rib. B went to bed after dinner, but I went out and took pictures of the port area in the dark (now about 2330).
From the deck

From the deck


Looking into a building

Looking into a building


B took almost 500 pictures, and I took 340. They are not all edited.

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