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Seattle & 99 Bottles of Root Beer on the Wall

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or if you follow Kita and/or Peabody‘s blog then you know that I spent the beginning of last week with those two ladies in Seattle. Naturally, it involved a lot of food.

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Berlin

After a short adventure in Prague, we then took the train up to Berlin where the ISHAM conference was being held – the main reason for our travels over the Atlantic. But we were still able to escape during free time to explore the city and some surrounding areas.

Berlin Cathedral – where the royal family went to church when their palace was across the street

Our first sight-seeing trip was done with Fat Tire Bike Tours, where our super knowledgeable guide, Kate, told us everything we wanted to know about the buildings and history we were seeing in Berlin (if only I could remember all she said). We even had a lunch pit stop at a biergarten.

Brandenburge Gate – most popular landmark in the city

TV Tower – highest tower in the city

Formerly Prince Henry’s Palace. Also where 1933 Nazi book burnings occurred

Brick lines throughout the city showing where the Berlin wall used to stand

Section of the Berlin wall that remains – protected by it’s own gate

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Victory Column in the Tiergarten

Reichstag – German Parliament

We also took the train out to Oranienburg to visit the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, but I am only sharing a photo of the memorial built within – I don’t think anyone really wants to see the camp itself. I will share one blurb I read from a resident of the town at the time, who said she only thought it was a prison. She had no idea what was really going on.

Soviet Liberation Memorial

After the first bike tour, we were convinced that it was the best way to to sight-see so we all signed up for another one touring the nearby town of Potsdam – where the Prussian kings and German Kaisers lived until 1918.

Palace built to house visitors

Servants quarters across the street

Frederick the Great’s “modest” residence – Sanssouci

One interesting thing about Potsdam is that since the people could not travel all over the world to experience different cultures, interpretations were brought to the city and as you can imagine didn’t get it quite right. How can you know what something is supposed to look like without ever seeing it before?

“Chinese” tea house

And of course back in Berlin we had to immerse ourselves in the excitement that is the Eurocup! We joined the masses on the Fan Mile outside the Brandenburge Gate for a viewing of the Germany vs. Netherlands game.

Blending in

There is still so much construction going on in Berlin, I would love to come back in a few years to see how much it has changed!

Skyline view from on top of the Reichstag

One year ago: Zucchini Bread

Prague

I have returned to you, my faithful readers! Hopefully you didn’t miss me too much due to the stacked deck I had of guest bloggers during my absence. But where was I all this time? First I traveled up to Independence, OH (near Cleveland) for the wedding of two of my very good friends from undergrad – that I hadn’t seen in 5 years! Unfortunately I did not bust out my camera much during that event.

The day after I drove back to Memphis from Ohio, I was whisked off to Europe. My first stop was Prague, Czech Republic! It had been at the top of my “to visit” list along with Greece for years (one day I will get there) and was incredibly stoked to finally have the opportunity to venture over there. I was only able to spend 2.5 days there, but managed to take almost 200 photos in that time. And now I will shower you with a few select photos from this beautiful city in the country where my father’s side of the family descended from.

Pretty buildings along the river

I love all of the buildings in Prague. So unique from anything I’ve seen elsewhere.

Astrological Clock

One view from top of the clock tower

The skyline is dotted with several fantastic buildings

View of St. Vitus Cathedral from the river

I just couldn’t get enough shots of the St. Vitus cathedral. Every view point was different and beautiful!

Vanilla and caramel cream pastry

Most of the traditional foods there were very heavy (and yummy), but this cream puff-like dessert was a dramatic contrast with it’s delicious fluffiness.

Palace and St. Vitus at night

Garden near the observation tower

View of Palace and St. Vitus Cathedral from the observation tower

Gorgeous city of Prague

Palace guard

Pictures were not allowed inside the palace without a photography permit – boo.

St. Vitus Cathedral up close and personal

Insiders view of St. Vitus

One set of organs inside St. Vitus

Locks placed by couples wishing for eternal love – on the Charles Bridge

We conquered the city on foot all day every day for the 2.5 days. Definitely want to go back to Prague one day and explore some of the surrounding areas. I’ve heard about a bone church nearby that I would have loved to see – guess there’s always next time! Have you ever been to Prague?

Tomorrow I will share photos from my time in Berlin, Germany.

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