Not much have been happening today it has been mostly driving since a rainy day is no fun for exploring, and Mom looks at the sky and says :It looks brighter that way.............and off we go.
I wish there were places to stop and take pictures of the beautiful landscape we're driving through, rolling mountains and deep valleys. It's mostly farmland and all the squares that go from brown, yellow and different greens remind me of a quilt.
This is the only picture Mom snapped while driving,
A very common sight are these family bathroom brakes next to the road, (quite disgusting I might add) and think in America the big question is if transgender should be allowed to use the ladies room
Mom is doubling over the steering wheel laughing at the little guy's no hands approach.............and as she's doing that the horn blows, and she's caught taking a picture......................quite embarrassing I may say
only a few feet away is rest rooms with self-cleaning toilets, but that cost 50 c according to Mom that's worth it
Don't know what's up for tomorrow, just hoping the weather will be as good as it has been this evening
Waking up real early in a small quiet town called Halberstadt and it's raining again. I mean Mom is up I'm not, I think at least another 2 hours before I'll get up.. ....
Thinking about Berlin and what impression we got about the city that we were so longing to visit. The overall impression was depressing, gray and dusty. Of course, the constant drizzling didn't help but I can't picture it any "happier" with sunshine.
Anyway, we continued south a few miles and Mom is extremely impressed by German drivers. The traffic is fast as hell, but it works. EVERYBODY use their blinkers changing lanes and to get on the ramp, it's pedal to the metal and go, rest assured traffic behind you are moving over one lane and they do NOT stay in left lane, they all get back to the right. WOW
The church bell tower just rang 5 am so yes another couple of hours of sleep will be ok
This town is surrounded by churches and yesterday they all rang together but it didn't do much I think, because this town is completely deserted.
We had a difficult time finding the RVparking lot until finally an old man waived and asked if we needed help. Pretty obvious I guess since we passed him for the 4th time. He spoke no English, but Mom seemed to understand anyway.
He gave directions, a small road that Mom thought was for pedestrians only
as soon as we parked we went to explore, and this time by foot. At first, I was hoping for the carriage, but after walking on these streets I understood why not. I bet no ladies in this town wear heels
Here was a lot of interesting buildings, but no people ? although we did hear music from a church
we also found a restaurant that was open, no guests except us ? Mom ordered a pork chop with mushroom gravy and fried potatoes. It was very tasty she said, but oh my so much butter..........I tasted a little but wasn't too impressed
Smart cars are very popular here, they buzz around like little bees, and here's a model that looked pretty cool
this house would be awesome to celebrate Halloween in
this jeweler's store name gave Mom the giggles,
on the way here we made a rest stop and I met a guy that even I had a hard time finding the front of.
He was a cotton mop something............
German bread looked good but this tasted like cardboard, was loaded with butter and hardly any meat, so no more of that.
this is where we spent the night
whats next ?? who knows .............the weather gods have not been with us, and it does not look good in the next week either. Lots of flooding south of us, so we may have to choose a different direction now.
all is well
So Mom got up real early and she seems to be ok despite yesterday's challenge.I'm not surprised she's up this early because last night she was out cold the minute her head hit the pillow.
To continue the story of yesterday.
As we're getting closer to the city this was the first monument that welcomed us.
The Victory Column. In 1939, as part of the preparation of the monumental plans to redesign Berlin into Welthauptstadt Germania, the Nazis relocated the column to its present site at the Großer Stern (Great Star), a large intersection on the city axis that leads from the former Berliner Stadtschloss (Berlin City Palace) through the Brandenburg Gate to the western parts of the city. At the same time, the column was augmented by another 7.5 metres, giving it its present height of 66.89 metres. The monument survived World War II without much damage. The relocation of the monument probably saved it from destruction
Surrounded by a street circle,with millions of little cars speeding around the column is also accessible to pedestrians through four tunnels. Via a steep spiral staircase of 285 steps, the physically fit may, for a fee, climb almost to the top of the column, to just under the statue and take in the spectacular views over the Tiergarten including the Soviet War Memorial.We didn't bother doing that. Berliners have given the statue the nickname Goldelse, meaning something like "Golden Lizzy".
parts of the city has separate bike path with their own light which feels pretty safe
other parts we had to share with city busses, which was pretty scary at times
Berlin TV Tower is a television tower in central Berlin close to Alexanderplatz in Berlin-Mitte, the tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the administration of the German Democratic Republic . It was intended as a symbol of Berlin, which it remains today, as it is easily visible throughout the central and some suburban districts of Berlin. With its height of 368 meters, it is the tallest structure in Germany, and the second tallest structure in the European Union (by a half-metre).
all those pink pipes you see, is for water ? in some areas they are painted blue. Like I said before, there is construction everywhere.
Humboldt, whose university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities. In 2012, the Humboldt University of Berlin was one of eleven German universities to win in the German Universities Excellence Initiative, a national competition for universities organized by the German Federal Government. The university has educated 29 Nobel Prize winners and is considered one of the most prestigious universities in Europe overall as well as one of the most prestigious universities worldwide for arts and humanities.
Berlin Cathedral is the short name for the Evangelical (i.e. Protestant) Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church. It is located on Museum Island in the Mitte borough. The current building was finished in 1905 and is main work of Historicist architecture of the "Kaiserzeit". The Cathedral has never been a cathedral in the actual sense of that term since it has never been the seat of a bishop. I think they should invest in some power washing equipment to clean all the black soot, and of course, there was scaffolding on this building too.
Graffiti seems to be a big thing here, it's everywhere and posters are plasters on every flat surface.Homeless people sleeping in the streets are also part of the picture.
Domino pizza delivery, wow...............I wonder if it's free if you have to wait 30 min. Mom tried to ask, but I guess her school German speaking wasn't good enough for this person to understand the question.
Mom is checking the map and continuing pedaling determined to see all the tourist sites despite the rain and crazy traffic.
The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. the Wall completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992.[ The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip") that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc claimed that the Wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that had marked East Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period
The Gallery on the Berlin wall consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990.
It is possibly the largest and longest-lasting open-air gallery in the world.The paintings at the East Side Gallery document a time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better, more free future for all people of the world.
A 23-meter section was scheduled to be removed on March 1, 2013, to make way for luxury apartments. None of the artists whose work will be destroyed were informed of these plans. The demolition work actually started on March 1, 2013. Authorities were not aware of the start of the demolition. Due to the involvement of protesters, demolition was postponed until at least March 18, 2013.
Two-thirds of the paintings are badly damaged by erosion, graffiti, and vandalism. One-third has been restored by a non-profit organization which started work in 2000. The objective of this organization is the eventual restoration and preservation of all the paintings. Full restoration,
particularly of the central sections, was projected for 2008. Remediation began in May 2009.The restoration process has been marked by major conflict. Eight of the artists of 1990 refused to paint their own images again after they were completely destroyed by the renovation.
A long stretch was behind a fence to stop the graffiti painters.
On opposite side, there were life-size pictures of the destruction from current wars in middle east, and stories from survivors.
The Oberbaum Bridge is a double-deck bridge crossing Berlin's River Spree, considered one of the city's landmarks. It links 2former boroughs that were divided by the Berlin Wall and has become an important symbol of Berlin’s unity.The lower deck of the bridge carries a roadway, and the upper deck of the bridge carries trains.
Since 1999, the traditional rivalry between the two boroughs is played out in the annual "water battle", where residents from both areas, organized in groups pelt each other with rotten vegetables, jello, eggs, flour and water and try to symbolically "reconquer" by driving their participants from the bridge.
Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of East and West. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced each other at the location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
After the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and the reunification of Germany, the building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction with actors in uniform.
Not sure I wanted to pose here, but oh well............being a tourist, and Mom made me do it
Look at this group of kinder garden kids getting around the busy city, many of them do not look very happy. I bet they are daydreaming about a greener pasture ;-)
The best way to see the city is by bike, so there's a lot of rental places like this, just pop in your credit card and off you go. We of course, have our own
what a crazy looking hot dog stand ? this must get heavy towards the end of the day ?
typical tourist souvenir crap, Mom didn't buy one thing except food and a water all day...........unbelievabe I thought.
Pigeons must be at least bilingual, the sounded exactly the same as in New York
The Neptune Fountain in Berlin was built in 1891 and very impressive. The Roman god Neptune is in the center. The four women around him represent the four main rivers of Prussia at the time the fountain was constructed: the Elbe (with the allegorical figure holding fruits and ears of corn), Rhine (fishnet and grapes), Vistula (wooden blocks, symbols of forestry), and Oder (goats and animal skins). The fountain was removed from its original location at the Schlossplatz in 1951 when the former City Palace there was demolished. Eventually, after being restored, the fountain was moved in 1969 to its present location between the St Mary's Church and the Rotes Rathaus.
The story of the Buddy Bears started with an artistic event in Berlin in 2001. Inspired by the idea of bringing art to the streets of a metropolis like a cow parade in Zurich and New York, the initiators of the Buddy Bears, Klaus und Eva Herlitz, decided to start a street art project in Berlin.
It was quickly agreed that a bear would be the ideal sculpture for the backdrops of the German metropolis. The bear - Berlin’s heraldic animal with a high level of public appeal – was envisaged to capture the hearts of Berliners and their guests in various different designs.
Funniest bar bike I ever saw ? a bunch of guys had to keep on pedaling to have the beer contiuing to flow............haha
Marx and Engel
there are so many statues and memorials so, at the end of the day, Mom was tired to write down what they all are and represent, the top picture is of Bismarck but the bottom one ????
The Soviet War Memorial is one of several war memorials here. It's erected by the Soviet Union to commemorate its 80,000 soldiers of the Soviet Armed Forces who died during the Battle of Berlin in April and May 1945.This memorial was erected within a few months of the capture of the city. Early photographs show the memorial standing in a wilderness of ruins, the Tiergarten having been destroyed by incendiary bombs and then stripped of timber for firewood during the last months of the war. Today, it is surrounded by the extensive woodlands of the reconstituted Tiergarten. Although the memorial stood in the British sector of Berlin, its construction was supported by all the Allied powers. Built in a style similar to other Soviet World War II monuments once found all over the former Eastern bloc, the memorial takes the form of a curved stoa topped by a large statue of a Soviet soldier. It is set in landscaped gardens and flanked by two Red Army ML-20 152mm gun-howitzer artillery pieces and two T-34 tanks. A large Cyrillic inscription is written underneath the soldier statue, which is translated as "Eternal glory to heroes who fell in battle with the German fascist invaders for the freedom and independence of the Soviet Union". The Soviets built the statue with the soldier's arm in a position to symbolize the Red Army's putting down of the Nazi German state............
Mom was doing great following the map on our way back to Lucy, but the problem was that our map didn't show the entire route. So at the end she just improvised, and that didn't turn out so well.
But when lost you get to see places that weren't intended, like this shanty town which probably had the best location in the entire city.
All in all, it was an exciting day, but Mom feels like she inhaled 3 packs of cigarettes from car fumes and so many German smokers. She said we will not visit this city anytime again soon. We are both ready for some nice countryside, enough of big city stuff for a while.
It's now 8 am and I'm ready for my breakfast and walk. Then it's time to load up the bike, pack up and continue south. It's sunny and not too hot, so it'll be a great day.
all is well
OH. what a day, so much to see and we got lost..............Now Mom is mad at me for squealing but I think deep inside she's a little proud to have biked from 9AM this morning to 5.45PM with only one stop for lunch. We had pasta carbonara at this place, very good food but the ambiance wasn't that great
The weather has not been very good, it has been raining off and on all day. Not heavy rain only fine wet stuff, so I've been damp all day but since Mom wasn't complaining neither would I
What about Berlin? well, First I have to tell you that the every single monument, every single street, every single attraction we wanted to see was either covered with scaffolding or like at the Brandenburg there was tents and a stage put up, getting ready for a party
The Brandenburg Gate is the only remaining gate which people used to enter Berlin. It was built between 1788 and 1791. During the Cold War, the Reichstag was in West Berlin and the Brandenburger in East Berlin
The Brandenburg Gate has twelve columns, six on the entrance side and six on the exit. The columns form five roadways, citizens originally were allowed to use only the outer two.The central roadway is reserved so that royal and important traffic is not delayed. On top of the gate is the Quadriga This is Viktoria, the goddess of victory driving a Quadriga, a type of horse-drawn chariot.
After 1806, when Prussia was defeated, Napoleon stole the Quadriga and took it to Paris. When Napoleon was beaten in 1814 Prussian General took the Quadriga back to Berlin, the olive wreath was changed to an iron cross. The Goddess Viktoria became Nike goddess of victory
When the Nazis came to power, they used the Gate as their symbol. The Gate was damaged but not destroyed during World War II. The governments of East and West Berlin restored it but it was closed when the wall was built in 1961. The gate was in the middle of the death strip
In 1963, U.S President John F Kennedy visited the Brandenburg Gate. The Soviets hung large banners across it to prevent him looking into the East.
In 1986, President Reagan gave his famous speech "Tear down this wall" outside of the gate.
and just like on Manhattan, here's the poor horses working
We should have one of these bikes, it would keep us dry
Mom is beat,and I can't blame her, she wants to go to sleep. to be continued tomorrow morning
Another short drive and we arrived in the city where our ferry to Germany is. We got there too late for visiting the office (Mom didn't want to buy tickets before making sure I didn't have to stay in Lucy on the ride over) so we found a great campsite right on the ocean where we stayed the night.
We explored the city and this fountain is one of the prettiest we have seen.
Here's another statue with water that we really liked, sure picture a typical Swedish summer
we had parked at the wharf, and we watched some kids fishing, catching a herring almost as soon as they put out a line. Mom felt sorry for the little guy so she went out and gave him her small fishing rod, that seemed more suitable for him. He was so excited he was jumping up and down, we didn't stay long enough to see if he caught anything.
In the morning we went for a long walk on the beach and on the boardwalk, here I am waiting for Mom to climb up from her swim
haha, I'm lying, can you see her shadow taking the picture of me ? Mom is NOT about to get in the water unless it's at least 75 degrees, and these waters are not.
It's a little windy today, and maybe we're going on a ferry ?
This ramp is for people in wheelchairs,Great idea something to think about at our beach
At noon (seems like Mom never is in a hurry in the mornings lately) we went to the ferry office and was told I can go anywhere I want except the cafeteria, so Mom bought us a ticket, and here we are waiting to get checked in. You can see an itty bitty piece of Lucy behind the big truck
Mom got her seasick medicine and off we went
We were directed to get up on the top floor,made Mom a tad nervous because it was a very steep ramp. There was a great view but nobody is allowed to stay in your vehicle, so we found a nice reclining seat for me to nap, and Mom read a book that she almost finished on the 6-hour long ride.
It's amazing how many trucks,cars,RV,sand trains the boat took in
We finally arrived in Rostock Germany at 9pm. The sky looked amazing, but Mom just kept driving hoping the lady in the box on her dash would give correct directions.
We are not on autobahn but traffic is fast, the speed limit is 80 miles,but many drive much faster than that. Mom stays in the right lane because Lucy is most comfortable in speeds around 55miles. Faster than that she wants a lot more fuel and Mom want to look around too. We see a little black dot in the rear view mirror, a second later the dot is a BMW next to us, which in next second disappeared in the distance.
We stopped around midnight to sleep at a rest stop. Mom got up early and woke me too ............not sure why ?
we are now on the outskirts of Berlin. Lucy is not allowed into the center because she has a diesel engine and the Germans have strict emission laws in big cities. No worries, we do plan to bike in tomorrow, it's only about 8 miles. Today we rode around a little bit, so Mom found a place to buy a new sim card for her new modem that works in Germany for a week............no excuses for not updating my blog.
this place is in the flight path of a busy airport, so we're hoping no planes will leave at night ....but that may be wishful thinking
Ove and Elvy, look what I found !!! this must be a relative to your guy, right ?
the place we are at is not super nice, but the price and location are very good, so it'll be ok. The rest stops here in Germany is worth mentioning, though. Next time Mom goes to the bathroom she'll promise to bring a camera because the self-cleaning toilet seats are amazing, no sprinkle on the seat. It cost 50 cents but with this service it's ok. You can even pay to get a bubble bath or a shower at these stops too. Maybe even a dog bath ?
ok, tomorrow will be an interesting day with lots of pictures and stories to tell.
miss you all
PS. Mom didn't want me to tell, but I think she got her first speeding ticket in this town. The limit was 30 and driving along all of a sudden there was a huge flash, a camera recorded her speed.............oh well
I'm not sure what's up with Mom but we sure aren't getting very far every day. She stops a lot, rests a lot, and now Lotta gave her a book that she HAD to finish, which meant she read and I napped. Book is finished but I know there's a second to continue and it's just a matter of time..........oh well, I don't mind napping.
Looks like we go to a lot of churches lately, but don't worry, Mom has not changed her ways, she just happens to think a lot of them are beautiful buildings. Another good thing is that they usually have big parking lots that aren't used, and a perfect place to park overnight for free and every small village seems to have an old church. This one was designated the most beautiful church in Sweden 2000,and is a Neo-Gothic church from 1869.
We slept great there and continued on early in the morning to next town called Hörbo, and here Mom bought a new modem. As things turned out it wasn't being in the country that prevented Mom from having wifi, it was the modem gone bad. There should be no more excuses for not updating my story from now on. Well, see what happens when we get to a different country................if we ever do ?
waiting for the store to open we went for a walk and somehow this machine measured Mom's ???
only a 3, I could have sworn it was at least a 9 ...
these birds are pretty, but staying close to a harbor they have a way to keep you awake buy partying all night.
these guys aren't very quiet either, but at least they don't stay up all night
you know you're in the most southern province of Sweden when all you see is giant farms and rolling hills growing wheat, and Dad, No it's not dead when it's yellow.
Next city we stopped at is Ystad another small town with 18,350 inhabitants.The settlement dates back to the 11th century and the town has become a busy ferry port, local administrative center, and tourist attraction. we parked Lucy at the harbor and went for a long walk.
I noticed Mom getting real nostalgic when she saw this motorcycle, leaking oil just like the old days
there was in the middle of town a well-preserved medieval monasteries
The town was extremely busy since there happen to be a food festival. Mom carried me a lot and wished we had the stroller with us, but the small wheels would have been difficult on these cobbllestone streets.
there was also a craft fair,and here's a guy protecting his Mom
We are now back in Lucy, me resting and Mom says we have to drive a little bit, even though she too feel like resting........
Oh well, it's not very far to the city with ferries to Germany, so we'll see you never know what else Mom comes up with
I'll keep you all updated,
This is an outrage.......................I had to wait 4 days to tell you the surprise I got when we came to Lotta's house.....but what else is new? The excuse, this time, was no wifi...................well nothing to do I just have to remain patience.
In the morning we followed the policeman's suggestion to drive a small scenic road. We got to the ferry and I didn't have to worry, it was one of those small freebies that's part of the road and took about 5 min to cross.
Looking north it looked like rain so Mom wanted to turn south real quickly, but since we had already driven on there was no return.
this was a very pretty road,narrow and winding through many fields, so I do understand why the cop who was driving a motorcycle suggested it. Even though I love Lucy very much, she definitely does not take the curves very well.
WE got to the end of the road and another even smaller village. This place was mostly for people with sailboats and people who want to dress fancy and eat out. It started to rain so Mom decided to try to drive away from it...
By the time we got to Lotta's house(and the surprise) it is sunny and warm.............................the surprise was the cutest little kitten named Sarah
I don't think she had seen a dog before because she was scared and hissed and spat at me. haha, I'm used to it, doesn't bother me. You know who I grew up with ? I decided to make her understand I was nice and she had no need to be scared of me.....................I succeeded ofcourse
following day we went on a day trip with Lotta and past this unusual looking church,
so we stopped to see if anyone was home.
and there was
we did get invited to stay for "fika"(coffee and cake).....................there was none ? so we left shortly
we continued on to a great bed and breakfast place. Mom was longing for their potato pancake, and that's what she had.
we ate in the garden and after we went for a long stroll looking at flowers as usual
Last night I had to kitten sit while Mom and Lotta went to a theater in the park. I think it was good because they both came home giggling.
I taught Sarah to be a great kitten wich I think she already was, but a little tweaking from me didn't hurt.
we are now on the road again still driving south following the east coast. Tomorrow we should arrive at the most southern end of Sweden.
see you later
Yesterday morning we woke up to a serious rainstorm, that was so bad not even the ducks came out. It was so loud on the roof Mom couldn't hear the phone and I were so scared I was shaking. We changed plans and stayed put until it was all over, so Mom could hold me tight and soothe me. ........spoiled little brat Mom said........
The plan was to make it to Lotta's house where there is a surprise waiting for me? Hint: it's not a squeaky toy.
Storm let up in the afternoon, so we packed up everything and left the ducks fending for themselves. (Mom fed them a lot of bread)
On the road heading south, Mom all of a sudden changed her mind(she does that a lot) when she saw the sign for TROSA, which is a small town she heard a lot about, but never been to, so now is a good time she thought.
Rosa, translated means pantie,wonder how many jokes people living here heard about that. As a matter of fact, this town is also called "the end of the world", and had something to do with the seafarers back in the old days.
We parked at the marina with many other RVs, twice and 3 times bigger than Lucy,but she doesn't care one bit, we have what we need (my treats) inside her little body.
never before have I seen this kind of camping ?
After a bite to eat we went for a long walk to explore the city, and it is an adorable quaint town, with channels, bridges and lots of climbing roses. Mom checked out the real estate office because this would be a great town to live in. She quickly realized that'll never happen, the prices was astronomical..............Well, it'll suck in the winter anyway.
I read the menu, and this restaurant had a few tasty things,and free seconds but Mom said we had food in Lucy we had to finish
Trosa became a city in 1610and this is the town hall built in 1985 which is a replica of the second version built 1725. The first town hall was built 1711, but the Russians burnt it down when they invaded 1719.The second building was torn down 1883
In the old days Trosa had a flourishing fishing industry, but nowadays plays host to hundreds of yachts and cruisers of summer visitors.
Mom chatted with a police officer and he gave her advice and wrote down a different route on the back of a ticket that'll be more scenic than the big road.When he mentioned ferry I thought oh noooo that's so scary, but this is a short one he said and we will both stay in Lucy for the ride.
Look at this little boys face, the happiness he feels to sit on a cops motorcycle is shown all over his face.
we bought strawberries at the market and headed back to Lucy for supper.
In the afternoon I had the most gorgeous cutest twin sisters visiting me. They were cute 2-year-olds but a little bit too close and touchy for my comfort. They kept wanting to hug me and put all of my toys on top of me. ........oh well,as usual, I'm patient and they were the cutest little girls,Mom have ever seen.
Mom took lots of pictures and canät decide which ones to post, so there are many.
You never know but today we're supposed to get to Lotta's house, and I'll get my surprise.........wooohooo I can't wait.
Weather is great and all is well, but unfortunately the rapport for a few days ahead does not look good, but with a little luck, we may be somewhere it doesn't rain.
be good you all