|Our views of beautiful Potsdam - were they|
all to be obscured by raindrops or by fog?
|Inner courtyard of Cecilienhof - note the impressive chimneys (just some of the 55)|
|One wing of the Cecilienhof - building|
work and renovations are proceeding.
|Sansouci - the garden façade of the summer palace of Frederick the Great|
|Details on the central bowed section of the garden façade.|
|Decorative emblem (reminiscent of the French "Sun King") on a plant enclosure.|
|Emblem on a garden structure. The king maintained a renowned orchestra, and was an|
ardent flute player and a technically competent composer (if not a particularly profound one).
|This simple stone marks the burial place of King Frederick the Great of Prussia.|
The strewn potatoes recall the King's wisdom in ordering peasants to plant
potatoes to provide food during periods of great crop failure.
|Frederick's crypt is below the furthest slab.|
The others mark the burial places of his greyhounds.
|Judy admires the view (eyes in the back of her head?) |
to the north of the palace of sans Souci.
|An old windmill stands not far from Sans Souci.|
|The New Palace, Potsdam. Well, actually these are the|
kitchens, service areas and servants' quarters.
|One wing of the servants' quarters and service |
facilities facing the New palace, about 100m away.
|The dome of the New Palace|
In a brief break in the rain there was a little time to see a few more interesting sights.
|Ceremonial arch in Potsdam|
|The Film Museum, Potsdam from the window of a bumpy bus.|
|The Nikolai Church, Potsdam - across the river and through the fog|
|The entrance to Schloss Charlottenburg with the central cupola above the original wing.|
Gloomy skies, drizzle and some fog could not detract from the elegance of the palace.
|Equestrian statue of Friedrich Wilhelm I, Elector of |
Brandenburg and father of Frederick the Great.
Above and below - the New Wing. The exterior was kept quite simple but the interior decorations and fittings were lavish. They are still impressive, but not quite as extravagant as the excesses in some palaces we have visited. This wing contains the state apartments of Frederick the Great and houses several collections, particularly of paintings and of royal household artefacts, silver and gold.
The rooms of the New Wing are just gorgeous. Opulent? Yes! Lavish? Yes! Vulgarly and excessively extravagant? I don't think so. As you progress from room to room you are impressed at each doorway by what lies beyond.
|After many rooms dominated by "gold" it was both novel and refreshing|
to find a room where the objects and decorations are of silver.
|How's this for a drinking tankard?|
|A simple table setting with silverware (gold was for more formal occasions).|
The table was reset for every course so that the table was not too cluttered.
Only what was needed for each course was provided and then removed.
|A ceremonial plumed helmet for those occasions |
when a bit of extra pomp and pageantry was needed.
|Charlottenburg as night falls.|
Paul & Judy