21 June 2009

Hello from Berlin!

The Grand Duchess asked if we could drop by an internet cafe after dinner this evening, so here I am, making an unexpected entry to the GD of S blog. Almost two weeks into my visit, and things have been great. We got back from our anniversary trip over to Bremen and L├╝beck earlier today. Neat to revisit both areas, but things have really changed in the 20 plus years since I was last in these two smaller cities. Among other sites of interest here in the Berlin area, we have also visited the old Spandau citadel on the outskirts of Berlin early on as well as Sans Soucci Palace and the extensive gounds around it in Potsdam, both of which were fascinating.

On the figure front, The Holger Eriksson cavalry, mentioned in a previous post, are lovely, and the Garrison Prussian artillery crew were waiting on our kitchen table thanks to our landlady, Frau Grossmann, who picked them up at the past office while we were away last week. Equally wonderful miniatures there. I will take and upload a few photographs in early July once I'm home again. Next weekend, we are off to Usedom on the Baltic coast, to visit the experimental rocket site, where Werner von Braun developed much of the know-how that was later used in the space race of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Best of all, my German is improving by leaps and bounds. The Grand Duchess and her friends here in Berlin have been instrumental in this regard. I'm nowhere near fluent of course, but lots of new vocabulary every day, and the German way of constructing sentences has finally started to make sense. Plus, I find myself understanding quite a bit on TV, radio, and in conversation, even if it is still a bit difficult to say something appropriate! All great fun really, and something that will help to make this trip particularly memorable.

10 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Stokes,

It is great to hear from you. Glad that you and the lovely Grand Duchess are enjoying your holiday.


-- Jeff

Capt Bill said...

Wasn't Sans Soucci Palace wonderful? Lynda and I really enjoyed our visit! I recently ordered a paper model of San Soucci from a German company that does castles and building. I'll post a photo when I build it someday. Have a great vacation...

Fitz-Badger said...

Sounds like a great time!

OttoMunoz said...

that sounds like a cool trip/vacation!

My 'forgotten' Spanish improved greatly when I visited family in Mexico a few years ago so I know that feeling of a language coming back. ha

Otto

Prinz Geoffrey said...

Wonderschon, Ich wunsche Sie ein gutes Siet. Danke fur Seiner post!

Der Alte Fritz said...

I'm sure that you have already visited the Berlin Zinnfiguren store. Also visit the Zughaus to see some 18th century uniforms. Pick up a small bust of Frederick from one of the street kiosks. Visit the Pergamum Museum. Berlin is a fun town to visit.

Martin said...

Hello Stokes,

Glad to hear that you made it across the puddle safe and are having a great time in the Old Country! Savor every moment that you and the Duchess are there!

Martin

tradgardmastare said...

Good to hear your "Letter from Berlin."
best wishes
Alan

A J said...

I'm glad to know everything is going well. Have a wonderful time!

littlejohn said...

nothing but envy from across the pond!... ;)

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