I had mentioned to my friends before leaving Australia that I had never seen a palace or a castle. Australia doesn’t have them. Berlin has the recently restored Charlottenburg Palace in the city and Paulo, Ana and I went to have a look. The Palace was actually two palaces that had been built and added onto over several hundreds of years. It was destroyed during WWII and was meticulously reconstructed.
We got the free audio tour and it was very interesting. At the entrance of the palace stands a large equestrian statue of the Great Elector. It was designed in 1698 by Andreas Schlüter and commissioned by king Friedrich I, the elector’s son. At the base of the statue are four chained warriors, symbolizing the four temperaments (which stem from the Antiquity where they were used to describe personalities). The statue was originally located in front of the Stadtschloss at the Museum Island, but during the Second World War the statue was submerged to the bottom of the Tegeler See, a large lake in Berlin. The statue was recovered in 1952 and after a restoration it was moved to the Charlottenburg Palace.
The tour of the palace was very interesting and an insight to how royalty lived
In November 2011 I did my first trip to Europe, specifically Berlin and Bielefeld in Germany and Goes, in The Netherlands. I was going to a Postcrossing postcard meeting and meet other Postcrossers. I was away for 3 weeks and had an amazing time. I took over 600 photos and as I look at the pictures the task of sorting and telling a bit about my trip just seems so daunting that I put it aside ‘for another day’.
Time marches on and it is now 2 months since I went and other than a couple of food item pictures on facebook uploaded while I was away the story of my trip hasn’t gotten any closer. I was talking on the phone with a good friend Debashis about my dilemma and he suggested just do one day at a time. So this is the start, you may get more than one day or several.
I left Adelaide, Australia on a Tuesday afternoon and flew to Singapore, changed planes and then onto Frankfurt, Germany.
I watched the sunrise at Frankfurt airport while I was waiting for my next flight to Berlin.
I was met at Berlin airport by Paulo. I was staying with Paulo and Ana in Berlin for the next 8 days.
Berlin has the most fantastic public transport system, I never realised how poorly Australia does in moving people around it’s cities.. We bought a weekly ticket for me and then went into the subway to go back to their flat.
A lot of the stations have bright beautiful artwork and mosaics on the walls.
I was happy to be in Berlin after a 21 hour flight. My 3 week adventure was just beginning. Only downside of the day was I tripped on the cobbled footpath and fell heavily. Both my knees went numb. My fault, it was dusk (at 4 pm in the afternoon), I was tired and mostly I was too busy talking and chatting to Ana and Paulo.
This was going to have reprecusions in the days and weeks ahead.
Take 12 photos on the 12th day of the month. This is my day on 12th September 2011. Ordinary day with a couple of nice surprises in the mail, some shopping for my upcoming European trip and some cupcake goodness at the Wildlife Welfare Op shop.