|Greeting the Potsdam visitor|
Potsdam, an exhibition in the New Palace named Friederisiko, tries to retrace the Prussian king's life, the title alluding to his frequently playing vabanque when at war. All through his early life, Frederick moaned: I must fight three women, Maria-Theresa of Austria, Madame de Pompadour of France, and Elisabeth of Russia. It is a historical fact that the sudden death of one of Frederick's archenemies, the Tsarina, averted Prussia's total military defeat. Her son and successor Peter, the king's great admirer, agreed to an armistice. This unexpected turn became known as the Miracle of the House of Brandenburg.
Following the peace-treaty of Hubertusburg, Frederick started not only rebuilding his country but also completing the park of Sans,souci. In constructing the New Palace, he wanted to show to the world that Prussia was still not on her knees, even had the financial resources to build such a useless building. In fact, Frederick preferred living in Sans,souci palace, and only used the New Palace for official receptions and for housing his guests. His successors preferred to stay in Berlin, Prussia's capital, and when in Potsdam resided in the cozier Charlottenhof.
|At the entrance to Sans,souci Fredrick's revenant playing traverse flute asks for an obol.|
In the back, the famous historic windmill.
|Sans,souci under thunderclouds|
|The comma behind sans -- does it allude to Frederick's missing virile member?|
It had been amputated in his young years following an infection of gonorrhea.
Historians are still discussing the issue, including Frederick's sexual preferences.
|Our guide honoring Frederick's tomb with a potato as other tourists had done before. |
Fredrick had introduced the potato in Brandenburg, a crop well suited for the sandy ground.
There is the story that Prussian soldiers fed on potatoes fought better
than soldiers of enemy armies still depending on cereals.
|View of Sans,souci from below. The grapes today grown on the wine terrace are Scheurebe.|
At the time of Fredrick, gardeners tried out many different varieties
with the aim of delivering grapes to the king who was crazy about fresh fruit of all kinds.
Frederick was willing to pay a fortune for a handful of cherries in February.
|Apparently the Chinese not only invented, papel, gun powdel, and polcelain |
but also the saxophone!
|Frederick everywhere and in all forms. |
Here with a hat made from porcelain inviting tourists to buy chinaware
made in the Royal Prussian Porcelain Manufactory
|Even in the hotel on our way to breakfast, a plastic sculpture bid us Good Morning.|
|Rheinsberg castle seen from the lakeside with our group standing in front.|
|Young Frederick. His statue in Rheinsberg.|