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Oct 12, 2017 - Readings for Winter Evenings

Potsdam - I highly recommend Susan Neiman's Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin. Berlin being just a short S-Bahn jaunt away. Once you've finished that go on and read both her Evil in Modern Thought before moving on to Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists. If you work at it you should finish by Christmas. I'm not sure which year, but it will be worth it. Professor Neiman proves that it is still possible to do pertinent philosophy in the modern age. Having completed my assignment I spent the day visiting the Gardens and Palaces of...

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Oct 5, 2017 - Potsdam

After arriving in Berlin, we set out for Potsdam, where we embarked on a morning tour of Sanssouci Palace, the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Designed in the Rococo style with plentiful gardens, this palace was built for relaxation so the King could focus on his love of nature and artistic interests. Potsdam miraculously survived WW2 bombings with barely a scratch, and when the war had ended, the Allies chose Schloss Cecilienhof for the Potsdam Conference of 1945 to lay the groundwork for Germany's post-war...

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May 17, 2015 - Potsdam

Potsdam is about an hour by train from Berlin. It is the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg with many examples of stunning historic architecture of this former Prussian royal seat. Beautiful parks and palaces including the Palace Cecilienhof built for the crown prince and his wife in 1917. Used in 1945 for hosting the Potsdam Conference where Churchill, Stalin and Truman hammered out the fate of Germany. It was while here the Truman signed the order to drop the atomic bombs on Japan. They were dropped 4 days after the conference...

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Sep 24, 2014 - Potsdam

A full day outside Berlin at Potsdam, 23 k form Berlin at Sanssouci, the summer palace of Frederick the Great (1740-1786). The palace escaped bombing which was surprising given the numbers of troops stationed in the area but it andit's surrounds are now listed as a world heritage monument. We travelled there by local train leaving the hotel at 8.30 and returning at almost 6.00 so it was a full and long day. The palace is set in extensive grounds in the English Park style and has a number of follies which are gradually revealed as you stroll...

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Aug 5, 2014 - Potsdam

On Tuesday afternoon, Naira and I went for a walk down Potsdam's Brandenburgerstrasse. We first checked out Potsdam's own Brandenburg Gate (see photos), and then went in search of things to munch on. We found a delicious blueberry tart, some ice cream, and I caved and decided to eat meat again in order to try "currywurst", which is exactly what it sounds like: chopped sausage smothered in some kind of curry sauce with onions. It was really tasty! Before we left Brandenburgerstrasse, we saw a tart that intrigued us in a bakery called...

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Aug 1, 2014 - To Potsdam and back again

We stayed in bed late today – didn’t get up until 8:30! We cleaned up a bit then went to the hotel breakfast – not bad but not much either. Good bread! Bad sausage (according to Alice later in the day). Back to the room to grab some stuff then off to the train station. A bit of confusion as we tried to use an automatic ticket machine but soon went to the real person window. I asked for two round trip tickets and she looked quizzical and said “Day Tickets?” Sure. Anyway, for 7.20 euros each we got tickets. To the platform and the train was a...

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May 20, 2014 - Potsdam

Surprise! We went to Einstein cafe for breakfast. This time David Lindsay and Jason had eggs and toast and I had yogurt and fruit....all for the actual goal of the breadbasket. As expected, it was again wonderful. What made it better was our server as he was the same as yesterday. I was humming and hawing so he said I could take my time and proceeded to take 1 step from the table and stare intently at the back of my head. David then asked, 10 seconds later, if I was ready and then I realized the guy was still there. His straight face was...

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Dec 25, 2013 - Day 3 - Potsdam

Merry Christmas! It's a big public holiday here in Berlin, though there are some things opened today (supermarkets appear not to be one of those things). Big day out planned today. We're off to Potsdam. If we can, we're going to try to see the Sans Souci Park and if possible the Ceciliahof, being the location for the Potsdam conference of 1945. Getting to Potsdam is really easy, a quick walk to Potsdamer Platz to find the train was there simply hanging around waiting for us! (I'm sure it wasn't but we'll run with that) and about an hour...

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Sep 4, 2013 - Potsdam

A relaxing day in Berlin and surround Today it's part work part pleasure, so I take some work papers with me to work on as I travel and walk. Last year I was due to give a presentation at the DB conference centre in Potsdam, unfortunately we had to change venue but I was keen to see what Potsdam was like I had read a lot about it, and also the history of the conference centre, All that I had read was true, Potsdam is lovely,tiny streets full of tiny shops, a walk to Sanssouci Park, Sanssouci is the former summer palace of Frederick the...

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German travels

Aug 18, 2013 - Potsdam

Happy Birthday Mum/Nonna!!!!! JOSH: I am reading a book by Anne Frank. It is a diary that was written by a young girl during World War II. Anne is Jewish and she and her family go into hiding to escape the Nazis. The book was originally written but then Anne heard, when she was 15, that the government where looking for records when the war was over specifically diaries. She then thought that some of the things she had written should be changed and made better. So she made a new one by taking her old diary and changing it to make it seem...

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Jul 1, 2012 - Potsdam

Whenever we stay in a major city like Berlin, we always add a day so that we can take a day trip to a nearby town or other attraction. Although there were many choices for day trips from Berlin, the one we chose Potsdam that was a scenic and very pleasant one hour train ride from Berlin. The reason we chose Potsdam was because of the significant event that took place there at the end of World War II, the Potsdam Conference. At this conference in the summer of 1945, the leaders of the Allies – Winston Churchill of Great Britain, Franklin...

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Germany 2012

May 4, 2010 - Potsdam

Weather looked a little better today and we decided to catch the train to Potsdam. Potsdam is known for the treaty that was signed here in 1945 and is also know as the town of palaces and gardens. In July 1945 Potsdam was bombed almost beyond recognition. 856 house completely destroyed, 248 partially destroyed and 3301 buildings damaged, so it was quite amazing to visit the area today and see the beautiful palaces and gardens that exist. After arriving at the train station we first visited Nikolaikirche which faces the old town hall. This...

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