Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Last Day Berlin
Well,it flew by and I can not believe it is almost over. Today we traveled to have round table with the Commissioner of the District of Lichtenburg on issues if immigration and migration. We learned that the issues surrounding this topic are interwoven with the forced relocation during the GDR time. So in essence the immigrants came from communist nations. Surprisingly, North Vietnam. The commissioner was an inspiration for her philanthropy and devotion to young people and helping them succeed.
We then traveled by train to Potsdam for a bike tour. The bikes were even different and I was given one much to large for me, so I took a tumble. After a new bike we had a great bike tour. The only problem was the rain, in fact pouring rain. The bicycle tour to Schloss Cecilienhof and Sanssouci, and ended in Potsdam Altstadt (old city). Potsdam had the status Windsor has in England. It was the residence of the Prussian kings, and thus the German Emperors, until 1918. Around the city there are the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, the German rivals of Versailles. The Potsdam Conference, the major post-World War II conference between the victorious Allies, was held at another palace in the area, the Cecilienhof. Schloss Cecilienhof was the last palace to be built by the Hohenzollern family. Wow! I walked in the footsteps of history. You will see some images here from the conference as it is preserved today.
Our last dinner, a cruise on the river Spree was a bust. The restaurant cancelled to reservation without calling, I know crazy. And the boat had left. We ate there, had some free appetizers and sparkling wine, but not the same. Thank goodness I was sitting under a canopy as the Sky opened up. The meal was great, but bitter sweet.