We visited Schloss Sanssouci yesterday, walked for hours (literally - we came there at 11.30 and left at 18.20 and spent most of the time inbetween walking) taking in the gorgeous buildings, the large park and all the flowers. Especially the Chinese house
impressed me; though it was very, er, goldy it still looked beautiful. Not as overwrought as some of those gilded castles and things end up (but pretty darn wrought, for all that)
There were a lot of different gardens out there, I especially love the smell of different pine trees together. But everything was beautiful and interesting, it's also so cleverly built that you start spotting things from a while away. Oh, what's that there, let's go look! and so on...
We took coffee and cake at the Drachenhaus, a very cute little building which nowadays houses the café. And yes, there are dragons there, cutest little things ever perched on the roof and the inside of the ceiling is painted with stars.
Then we continued to the actual Sanssouci castle, where I bought a souvenir spoon for my grandmother and Virre fell in love with tiny coffee cups with peacock patterns. It was a very nice pattern, mind, and I completely understand he
All in all, a lovely day. And in the afternoon they called my dear Miko-chan with a job offer! This caused some frantic running around Potsdam to find a telephone card, but we managed to find one. And because Germany still has public telephones, she could call back and book an interview for next week ^^ Ganbatte, Miko-chan!
Then we had pizza - I felt I had to try and get into the spirit of thing and ordered a "WM 2010" pizza. Pretty good, lots of veggies and nice chunks of meat.
On that topic, the football fever here is quite insane. Every evening and afternoon, we pass people sitting outside cafés, restaurants, internet cafés etc following the games on TV's and there are many cars and windows decorated for football. I'm almost getting a bit caught up... almost.
The football does however have some really good sides - the karaoke place we went to yesterday offered half price on all rooms during a game ^_^
I was a bit disappointed in the amount of German songs, but I at least got to sing Die Ärzte's Schundersong. Also tried my luck on Nena's 99 Luftballons and Zehn kleine Jägermeister. Fun night and we got burning drinks! Whoo!