Monday, July 16, 2018


My love affair with a yellow dress intensified dramatically with the appearance of not one, but two Royal Duchesses in bright lemon..
I loved both these looks.

The wearing of yellow divides the masses - many hate it, and/or feel they cannot wear it. It seems to depend on the particular shade, and I love my yellows bright and sunny.  A brownish gold mustard leaves me looking sallow.
Do you like or wear yellow?

In other royal news, Prince Louis looked adorable, full of smiles on his Christening Day.

I liked the way Duchess Catherine has continued her own tradition of dressing in cream to match the Royal Christening robe.  A new style of hat too.  I thought she looked lovely.
Meghan has quickly developed her own chic look, here in an unusual olive green.  Now that is a colour I definitely cannot wear...

I was definitely taken with her navy Audrey Hepburn look for the Centenary of the Royal Navy, especially the flirty hat.  She has the Princess look already.

For those not completely over our trip to Eastern Europe, This is the Elbe from Konigstein Fortress, in an area known as Saxon Switzerland for its stunning peaks and scenery.

German Romantic artists including Casper David Friedrich were inspired by these mountains.  We enjoyed their painting at the Albertinum in Dresden:

Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) The Cross in the Mountains (The Tetschen Altarpiece) 1807/08

Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) Dolmen under Snow c. 1807
Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869) Memory of a Wooded Island in the Baltic Sea (Oak trees by the Sea)
Carl Gustav Carus (1789-1869) Woman on the Balcony 1824
Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) Two Men Contemplating the Moon 1819/20

While we were travelling, sometime in the middle of June, Blogger stopped sending me notifications when comments were made on the blog.  It took a while before I noticed this because we were so busy with the tour there was no time to download photos or read or write blogs.

Apologies to those readers who left comments on earlier posts and which received no response or reply.  I have only read them yesterday!
After I returned home, I began trying to fix the problem via the Blogger Help Page.  That is a weird nightmare place if ever there was one...
I put in my little help request, and discovered hundreds of people were having the same issues.  Blogger sent an unintelligible explanation how to fix it.  Over about a week I then received lots of other people's suggestions none of which I could manage to do.  Then I was saved by a post by a freelance Blogger tech support technician, who posted simple instructions on the Help Page which worked immediately, and began to send me the comments.
If any of you are having this problem, if you mention it in a comment I will try to help you as I was helped.


Friday, July 13, 2018


Cruising along the Havel and then the Elbe Rivers, we came to Magdeburg.
We explored the Cathedral, the oldest Gothic church in Germany:

and I was fascinated by the Hundertwasser Citadel:

Designed by the Austrian artist/architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a building for commercial and residential use, and known also as the Green Citadel, it was built in 2004/05.  The quirky architecture surprises from every angle, and includes courtyards, shops, and 55 apartments.  Hundertwasser believed in the existence of a close relationship between architectural design and the wellbeing of those living within a building.  Concepts include 'tree obligation' and 'window rights' - there are even trees growing out of windows, and wildflower meadows on the roofs and slopes.  

We found a model of the entire Citadel in a coffee shop.  It covers about one city block:

Back on board...

and on to Lutherstadt Wittenberg:

Wittenberg University was made famous by its teachers, religious reformers Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon.

The Reformation started here on October 31, 1517, when Luther reputedly nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the wooden doors of the Castle Church:

We explored the preserved University and home of Luther and his wife Catherine..

who apparently are still walking around the city...

His personal hymn book

The lectern of the University..

The City Square...

And there was Luther on the river bank as we sailed on to Dresden...

Dresden, it is well-known, suffered much destruction of its Royal Palace and historic buildings during the last few months of World War II.

After German reunification, reconstruction began on the palace,the beautiful Frauenkirche, the Opera House, and the city centre..

including this fantastic mosaic mural of the Kings of Saxony


and its beautiful interior..

The Semper Opera House, originally opened in 1841, razed to the ground in 1945, and opened again after reconstruction in 1985.

The dazzling interior, where we enjoyed The Marriage of Figaro

and so to bed....


Saturday, July 7, 2018


The Glienicke Bridge across the Havel River connects Berlin with Potsdam.
During the Cold War, and until the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bridge was a point for exchange of imprisoned secret agents.
It became known as the Bridge of Spies, and features in a Steven Spielberg movie of that name released in 2015.

A frisson of excitement went through our tour group on the bus as we crossed this historic place, and went on to see Potsdam, formerly the jewel of the Prussian Empire and the home of Kings and Kaisers, their most famous palaces and their vast armies.

We went to Sans Souci, the former summer palace of Friedrich the Great (1712-1786) and, following the reunification of Germany in 1990, his final resting place.

More like a large single story chateau, this dainty Rococo style palace has just ten principal rooms, all styled in Friedrich's personal taste now characterised as 'Frederician Rococo'.

As I lover of pink, I was entranced by its sugar-candy sweetness and style...

After a walking tour of the historic centre of Potsdam we enjoyed the contrast of a visit to the Museum Barberini, Potsdam's very new fine arts gallery, where I enjoyed some fine Kandinskys:

At evening we embarked on the Elbe Princesse, our floating hotel for the next week...

Drifting into the sunset along the Havel River towards the Elbe..

and on into the night.

We had the river to ourselves, and never saw another cruise boat.