David recently had a meeting in Potsdam, Germany and I took advantage of the opportunity to join him on the last day and then take a mini-holiday in Berlin, only 24 km northeast of Potsdam. I only spent a late evening and an early morning in Potsdam, but what little of it I saw, I adored. And I didn't even see what makes this city one of Germany's most beautiful, with its twelve Prussian palaces and historic gardens. These sites are certainly on my list to visit next time, including the Cecilienhof Palace, venue of the Postdam Conferene in 1945. What I did see during my short visit was quite special though. The historic downtown and the Dutch Quarter were both indescribably charming and oh-so peaceful. The Germans here were notably friendly too. I had a memorable conversation with an elderly man who was selling the hand-made pottery pictured above. I bought two bright orange mugs from him and I am reminded daily, with each use, of his kind smile and generous compliments on my German(!). Potsdam and its people warm my heart.
Stay tuned for more photos of Berlin!