Orchids forum: Some pics from our Germany trip, July 2015

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jul 28, 2015 7:37 AM CST

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Where to begin?! Smiling
On this trip we spent lots of time with our family, took long walks together ( those former East Germans never quit walking, and my Fit Bit was smiling all day... Smiling ) in and around Berlin, in and around and yes, also above the area of Leipzig, and then moved over to Thuringia around the area of Saalfeld, Rudolstadt, where we all came together to celebrate Klaus's cousin's 75. birthday. And boy, do they ever know how to celebrate... Thumbs up , what fun. Finally we took a couple of trains to Koblenz to visit my brother and his growing family living in that area.
I will concentrate mainly on the walks through parks, gardens, a great walk looking for Orchids and similar.

These pictures now were taken on a cool and blustery day at Oranienburg near Brandenburg.
And yes, we did get wet eventually. This park was very pretty and children could play in it.
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And this lovely place near Kremmen, Brandenburg
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 28, 2015 7:43 AM CST

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next -
not really botanical, but did you ever eat Chinese food in a place like that? It was totally gorgeous and way over the top and the food was truly very delicious. We ordered a bunch of different dishes and shared them all.

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Much much more to come!! Stay tuned! Smiling

Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Jul 28, 2015 10:31 AM CST
Delightful pictures, Ursula. I am enjoying this!

Jim
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drdawg
Jul 28, 2015 11:11 AM CST
Keep'um coming, Ursula. Did you answer my question or comment about my Kiel Canal experiences?
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 28, 2015 1:31 PM CST

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Oh sorry Ken. Yes I did see that and no - we were never in that region of Germany. I read your account of the Germans waving the American Flag and my thought was that most Germans are usually more reserved, so this was certainly very friendly, how nice. Smiling
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 28, 2015 1:43 PM CST

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next - we tooled around Berlin and surrounding a bit, saw Die Schöne Helena at the Komische Oper in Berlin, which was delightful and a bit of a hoot. Much enjoyed!
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Jul 28, 2015 1:56 PM CST
Wonderful pictures, especially the one of you, Ursula! Thumbs up

Jim
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jul 28, 2015 2:11 PM CST

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Thanks so much, Jim!
The hardest part is selecting some fun pictures, I certainly do have the means to bore everybody to death, I took over thousand pics!!

On to Leipzig via Vockerode where we used a so called Draisine. Two people peddle along the track while the other two sit comfy on a bench in-between. We all took turns peddling! Too bad we can't post videos, since it seems the Draisine lent itself to take video clips. Nice countryside!
And you saw Phals everywhere you looked. The climate seems perfect for them, und they were thriving and blooming everywhere in windows.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jul 28, 2015 2:17 PM CST

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Btw, looking at my picture, I should have seen this coming- my glasses lost a screw and I had to use straight sunglasses or no glasses for a couple of days. No problem, they got fixed in Leipzig, free of charge.
Name: Melissa
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shadytrake
Jul 28, 2015 2:30 PM CST
Hubby and I love German wine. I hope you were able to enjoy some while you were there! Lovely photos. Is that railroad part of the old concentration camps? If so, what a peaceful transformation. I really want to go someday.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jul 28, 2015 3:22 PM CST

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No, until 1990 this track was used to transport Brown Coal. And now it takes you over lovely landscape for ca 40 minutes.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jul 28, 2015 5:32 PM CST

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next - a view from the balcony and a fun walk through the Botanischen Garten in Leipzig
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more tomorrow as we take to the air and more....

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 28, 2015 6:02 PM CST
Ursula these are wonderful pictures of flowers and gardens. You can't possibly bore us with that subject matter. (through the beauty of online viewing we can see as many or as few as we want anyway). It's nice to be able to see others' travel photos, for sure.
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hawkarica
Jul 28, 2015 6:28 PM CST
Lovely photos, Ursula. I think it is nice to tour a botanical garden no matter where it is.

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shadytrake
Jul 28, 2015 6:30 PM CST
NICE!
Name: Ursula
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Jul 28, 2015 6:55 PM CST

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Thanks guys! Smiling
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901Bertwood
Jul 28, 2015 7:08 PM CST
I'm Glued and loving the installments, btw my dtr was born in Bad Cannstadt 1972.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jul 29, 2015 7:11 AM CST

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Dtr? Roberta, I am not familiar with this one.

A couple of impressions of Leipzig, one of my favorite towns.
Take a closer look at the lovely fruits and vegetables, I particularly went for the Black Currants, so delicious.
I took some pics of the Phals for sale, dirt cheap I would say!! And looking great!!
And the Kosacks are still around playing songs from the 1960s or so. Smiling There were street musician everywhere in the center of town.
Playing scrabble in German is great - Löschwassereinspeisung/ Water Hydrant.
And there are the numerous Olitätenrundwanderwege (round path to walk about amongst certain plants) out in the country! Hilarious! I love that one!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 29, 2015 7:43 AM CST
All those bikes remind of downtown Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Brussels. There are piles of bikes everywhere. It is said that in many W. European countries, there are more bikes than people!
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Name: Ursula
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Jul 29, 2015 7:55 AM CST

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Ken, these Bikes were in front of the student library in the Musician viertel. Normally you didn't see THAT many. These is a very vibrant city for sure, with Musicians/Concerts everywhere. The Thomas Kirche is nearby, where Bach was in charge of composing as Kapellmeister and the city is still alive with his memory.
At a house party we were invited to go upstairs into one of the apartments for what I thought was a friendly piano recital. What I didn't expect was a jaw dropping, Carnegie Hall worthy Piano concert. I was truly floored. Everybody sat, stood and listened, even the smallest children.
When I mentioned how much I loved it, the gentleman gave me a CD with his recordings, his name is Alexander Meinel.
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Unexpected pleasure! Smiling

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