You guys probably noticed my absence last week, as the hubby and I took a little break from Wolfsburg (while the kid got to spend 5 days being spoiled by Oma and Opa. Lucky duck.). Despite the big chill, we headed east to explore a few places in my new home country. Later on, I’ll be posting more pictures from Potsdam and Berlin, but in the meantime, here’s an overview.
First up was the Tropical Islands Resort. Yes, you read that right: a tropical island in Krausnick, Germany. Ok, so it’s not really an island. It’s actually an aircraft hangar, but since the ship it was meant to house was never built, someone decided to turn it into a “tropical resort” replete with indoor pools, real vegetation and random birds walking around. Not a bad idea actually.
You won’t be fooled into thinking you’re in Bali, but after the biting temperatures of the recent cold snap, it was fun to walk around in shorts and flip flops. Though the water in the pools was a little cold for my taste, everything else was pretty cool, including the food and the spa services I tried (couples massages, a pedicure and a facial). The Man and I had fun, but I think it’s probably more enjoyable as a family destination. Sadly, I didn’t take any good pictures there, but you can check out the website to get a good idea of what it looks like.
After a cold trek through the grounds, we finally made it to the palace.
Next up, we headed over to Potsdam to check out number four in my 10-castle quest: Sanssouci, the summer palace of Frederick the Great, king of Prussia. It should be noted that summer castles are probably more fun if you visit them in the summer; still, the snow-covered grounds of Sanssouci were absolutely stunning.
One of the many pieces of art inside Sanssouci.
Inside, the castle is super lavish. It’s filled with statues, paintings and richly colored fabrics. Luckily for me, the audio tours were available in both English and German.
The Altes Museen (Old Museum) in Berlin.
We finished out our trip with a quick stop in Berlin, where we wandered through ancient Roman artifacts at the Altes Museen. If you’re a history buff, I DEFINITELY recommend spending a few hours here. It always fascinates me to learn about cultures of the past, how they differed from us while in many ways mirroring us. Or perhaps we mirrored them. Particularly interesting were the artifacts depicting…love in ancient Rome. All I’ll say is that they were VERY creative folks.
Love in ancient Rome.
Oh, and did I mention my lovely Valentine’s Day? The Man is awesome, I tell ya. Awesome.
So that was my trip! Very low-key and relaxing. Where do YOU like to go when you need to relax?
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