Berlin March 2016

 

Berlin in March again. There is usually no snow left and it is often warm. We go there just to relax, walk a lot, turf, enjoy the things on offer, see a Mozart opera. I often go to church and take the holy communion. The opera was The Magic Flute performed by the German State Opera. New this year was, however, that we went to the city of Brandenburg-an-der-Havel, west of Berlin. We were there in 2003, but we only visited a supermarket on the outskirts of the town. Before we came to Berlin, we met the former Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt, and I asked him if I could take a picture of him and he said it was ok. Lizette took the photo and the result can be seen as picture number one among my pictures. One of the first things we saw in Berlin was Hotel Adlon's Mercedes Maybach S-Class 600, which is my dream car.

 

Potsdam is always a favorite, and we go there at least once every time we go to Berlin. This year we were there twice as the train passed Potsdam on its way to Brandenburg-an-der-Havel. We saw my favorite palace, Sanssouci, and the Chinese Teahouse, not very far away from it. Sanssouci and the Chinese Pavilion in the Park of Drottningholm in Stockholm are my favorite palaces in the world.

 

We saw that there was a zone in Turf in Neukölln, and it indicated that there was a world heritage zone at that. We went there and saw a block of apartments formed like a horseshoe, hence its German name Hufeisensiedlung. UNESCO decided in 2008 that it should henceforth enjoy special protection, and therefore awarded the building World Heritage Status.

 

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