Our acquaintance with Germany began in Potsdam. The first thing we made - we've settled in this historic German town that will impress anyone who loves nature and antiquity.
Let's start with the fact that parks there are really huge. The largest parks in the city are Neue and Sanssouci Parks. So, at first we went to SansSouci. As for me - it is the largest and the most beautiful park in Potsdam. It is mandatory to attend, but only for those who love to wander a lot and for long periods. Note that the distances here are bigger than it seems in a first time. =)
The first thing that catches the eye - the park is well-groomed and beautiful. There is no corner of the park, that was left unnoticed. Everywhere trimmed lawns, manicured old buildings, bloom, clean ponds, many birds. No garbage. People there smile and enjoy the sunny weather. Even the local German cat came out to greet us. Nicely!
And what a clean air! How fresh and warm it is! After our Odessa December humidity it is quite difficult to get used to the mild European climate - you always walk and think: "warm clothing I should have left at home" :)
But I've talked away... So we wandered through the park until dusk. When it became colder, we went to the center of Potsdam, to the one of the main streets of the town, which is already prepared for the holiday. On the eve of Christmas in the evening almost all Germans go to the fair to eat snacks and drink a glass of beer. The town lives, noise and enjoy the magic atmosphere. Everywhere the lights are burning, music playing, and everuwhere you hear the smell of the famous German sausages.
However, it is not durable and at 8-9 pm a little town empties - responsible Germans go home to sleep before working days, and we became left alone with a fully-lit, quiet and very beautiful city. Honestly, at the end I didn't want to make photos and we just walked around and enjoyed the atmosphere of ancient streets.
I could still lots and lots to write about our impressions of the first meeting with Germany, but I decided to leave it for the next photo reports! Happy viewing, friends! :)