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Quadriga of Victory, the historic horses atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Loved the spirit & history of Berlin.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

This photograph was captured in the very peak of  a German summer’s day. The serene green is deceptive because the heat on that day was almost unbearable, at a sweltering 40 degrees. Captured in the gardens of  Sanssouci,  the  ‘summer palace’ of  Frederick the Great, in Potsdam near Berlin.

I decided to add a touch of drama from Shakespeare’s  Sonnet –

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines…

Guten Tag Berlin!

Berlin, circa 2008…

What I enjoyed about this city –

–  getting to see history at close quarters

–  getting to actually see the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall

–  the graffiti which captures the spirit of the city, carried in an earlier post  Street Art

–  being a part of the 200,000 odd crowd which thronged the Tiergarten to witness Barack Obama’s speech 

–  walking through the famous Brandenburger Tor

–  staying in East Berlin at Prenzlauer Berg,  über cool & youthful spirit,  home to students & artists

–  the sidewalk cafés of Prenzlauer Berg which served those amazing desserts

–  getting to attend George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess Opera…terrific

–  art, history & culture blend in

–  truly Berlin, truly enjoyable.

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