Treats in Germany and off to Budapest

Yesterday was another lovely day in Europe.  The sun was warm and most people had a day off because of Pfingsten (Pentecost).  We started the day with a breakfast that included apricots, peaches and pears.  These are fruits that are definitely not available in Papua New Guinea so I was very excited.  They were absolutely scrumptious.  I can’t wait to enjoy more pit fruits this season.  I guess I will miss the abundant tropical fruits but this is a happy change for now.

I have been seeing lots of Berlin so after breakfast we decided to head outside of the city.  Our adventures took us to Potsdam which is not that far but already in Brandenburg.  We walked around the SchlossPark (Castle Park) which lived up to it’s name because of all the great buildings that were residences and summer homes for Kings.  The gardens are beautiful too and if you get off the main paths, there are even some places to sit and just enjoy the day without hordes of other people.  It would have also been interesting to see the inside of some of the Castles but maybe that should be a cold or rainy day activity when being outside isn’t really an option.

It’s amazing how ornate all the buildings are.  The time and craftsmanship that went into constructing these palaces is kind of astounding.  Artwork has obviously changed but the stone carving and metal work is still really impressive.  It was also fun to see that fruits were considered a treat then too.  There were places for figs to be grown and a giant green house to take care of exotic plants in the winter and other fruits like oranges.  For you German readers, here is some more information on Potsdam Park Sanssouci.  And for those of you who don’t speak German here is some less detailed information in English but even you can still enjoy the pictures on the main site.

After visiting the park we walked into downtown Potsdam which has lots of interesting gates and a comfortable main walkway that’s car free and enjoyable.  Since it was warm and we had already eaten a small park picnic, we decided that ice cream would be a good afternoon treat.  I ordered Spaghetti Eis which is literally Spaghetti Ice Cream.  But only in looks not in taste.  It’s vanilla ice cream, strawberry (or in this case mixed berry) sauce and white chocolate shavings.  Delicious.  I appreciate the over-the-top ice cream treats in Germany.

And now today I am repacking for my evening flight to Budapest.  This next week is going to be an adventure getting to Slovakia by train and seeing another very different part of Europe.  But i’m excited to see what will happen.  No doubt there will be some good stories in the making.  I don’t know about my internet connection so we’ll see when I can post next.  Until then I hope you, no matter where you are, get to enjoy some summer treats.

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