| 29 August (Mon.)
Retreating from the humid and hot summer in Karatsu, I arrived at Prague
in the evening of 29th of August.
The weather there was much warmer than I had expected. U Klenotnika hotel I checked in is located near Mustek Metro station. All buildings in the city seemed very old and attractive. I was surprised to hear that the ceiling of the entrance hall of this hotel had been painted in the 18th century. Prague is 7 hours behind from Japan. I laid down at 7pm Prague time
Old Town Square
30 August (Tue.)
At 3.30am I awoke. I tidied my suit case and killed the time till breakfast.
The scenery of the Vltava was picturesque. Walked round Stare Mesto and
reached the Square. Many people were waiting for Orloj(Astronomikal Clock)
to start ringing. I also waited for the clock to toll 11AM, and moved to
Jewish Quarter. It was my first experience to go into the Synagogues. Got
a 1-day ticket at the metro station, and started the vehicles-trip in Nove
Mestro and Mala Strana areas. At night I listened to Czech Collegium at
Smetana Hall in the municipal house.
31 August (Wed.)
In the morning I went to the Prague Castle. Spent several hours there.
At St.Vitus's Cathedral I walked 285 steps up the Tower and saw the whole
city of Prague. After lunch I enjoyed looking in the small stores in Golden
Lane and walking through the Royal Garden. Late afternoon, I went to Mucha
Museum. I had never seen Alphonse Mucha's works before-so impressive. At
night enjoyed Marionette at National Theatre.
1 September (Thu.)
Took 7.31 EC178 at Prague-Holesovice station to Dresden. The view along
the Elbe was pretty. The train stopped at Decin(border town of Czech, bigger
than I had expected) and Bad Schandau(border of German side). Arrived at
Dresden Hbf at 9:52. Walked directly to Bruhische Terrasse. Seeing the
Elbe I recollected my journey there in 1997. I had expected how much FrauenKirche
was rebuilt. I found it almost finished and its square under construction.
They use hands to make a ground with lumps of stones. I admired the procession
of Dukes was covered by 25,000 Meissen porcelain tiles. Zwinger and Semperoper
are also great. EC176 left DresdenHbf at 14.04. Reached to Berlin Ostbahnhof
at 16.16. Stayed over night at Intercity Hotel.
|2 September (Fri.)
As I wanted to see the new districts of Berlin, I went to see Hackescher
Markt, Alexander Platz and Friedrichstr. where many new hotels and buildings
were found. Then I checked in Fjord Hotel near Potsdamer Pl. It had been
difficult to find the way to this very cozy hotel in the quiet place. After
lunch at a good restaurant At Karlsbad near this hotel, I walked to Potsdamer
Platz. The Sony Center was the most impressive. The big glass buildings
are situated around a huge oval square, the Sony Plaza, with cafe, restaurants,
stores and movie theaters. Then to Holocaust Memorial, which consists of
about 2700 steles of variable heights in a field of 19000 square meters.
It is supposed to remind of the six million Jews killed during the Third
Reich. At Reichstag-German Parliament, its incredible Dome struck me immensely
for the combination between the old architecture and the new one. I also
enjoyed Berlin-Panorama. In the evening I had a fantastic time at Berlin
3 September (Sat.)
In the morning I spent a lot of time to find out Vitra Design Museum in vain. But on the way back it was wonderful to have a chance to see a German wedding. In the afternoon I visited Judisches Museum. Its building is very impressive. After the long underground corridor and stairs one can reach to the exhibition halls. There are three axes symbolizing the history of Judaism in Berlin. I studied a lot and deeply considered many things. In the evening I happened to see the festival of Blackleather people in the streets. And there, I found a Japanese Sushi bar TAMPOPO. Had a light supper with a glass of beer, and enjoyed a long chat with the Japanese owner, Mr. and Mrs. Sato. Stayed at Fjord Hotel.
4 September (Sun,)
Moved the hotel to Air in Berlin near Zoologischer Ggarten. Spent the morning
at Bauhaus-Archive-Museum. In the afternoon I did the Sunday-market hopping
. One was Kunst and Nostalgiemarkt which was held near Pergamon museum.
The other was Troedel and Kunstmarkt which was done at Str.des 17.Juni,
between Ernst-Reuter-Pl.St. and Tiergarten St. Then I walked round Tiergarten
Park and consequently I came out at Zoologischer Garten.
Troedel and Kunstmarkt
5 September (Mon.)
Left ICE 1618 at Zoologischer Garten St. at 7.45. Arrived at Hamburg Hbf
at 9.15. Leaving my baggage in the hotel near the station, I took 10.05
train and arrived at Lubeck at 10.54. Lubeck has many old buildings and
the World Heritage. Lunch at Haus der Schiffergesellshaft which was built
in 1535. I had a short trip to Travemunde, the summer resorts on the Baltic
Sea. I returned to Lubeck and caught 16.32 IC and got back to Hamburg,
then checked in the hotel Elysar. In the evening I took a walk around St.PauliLandungsbrucken-Pier.
The big sunset over the Elbe was very impressive.
Haus der Schiffergesellshaft
6 September (Tue.)
Got a Hamburg card. Galla Tour started at 10am at the Northern exit of
main station.The bus guests were all German except me. The conductor was
so kind. He explained in English for me. Along the huge Aussenalster lake
there are upperclass houses and parks -so beautiful. There are many shops
and hotels around the small Binnenalster. The Hambourg harbor is the biggest
container center in Europe-I saw Russians' and Koreans' and other countries'.
Near St.Michaeliskirche in Alt Hambourg there is the Krameramtswohnungen-17th
century old houses -souvenir shops in a tiny lane-fun to see. At 12.20
back to Hbf.. After lunch with Mr.Conductor near Hbf I went back to the
Rathaus area and made shopping there. In the evening I walked An der Alster
sides of the big lake and appreciated the beautiful sunset on the lake.
Sunset on the Elbe
7 September (Wed.)
Checked out, but left my luggage in the hotel. I got EC23 at 7.46. Arrived
Bremen Hbf at 8.41. Took a tram to near the Rathaus. I had a quick tour
around the Market Pl., Boettcherstrasse and Schnoorviertel. Then I took
IC2124 at 11.15 back to Hambourg. Got the luggage and took ICE589 at13.12
and got to Hanover at 14.23. I walked round along the red mark of the town
and took ICE546 at 16.31. Arrived at 18.23. at Bochum. Matthias Appel was
waiting for my arrival at the platform. I was very glad to meet him after
4 years. He was so kind to have reserved a very good hotel. I checked in
Park Inn Bochum. We drove to a very pretty Park. There, to be surprised,
I found 'KACHI-GARASU'-a magpie-the special bird of my Saga prefecture,
which, we believed ,would live in only this part of Japan. He introduced
me to his girl friend and we had a special dinner at 9 pm. We had a very
good reunion and an enjoyable time thanks to them.
Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten
(The Bremen Musicians)
8 September (Thu.)
I slept a good sleep. I checked out the Hotel at 10.30. I took ICE517 at
10.49 at Bochum Hbf. Arrived at 11.49 at Koeln. Visited ROM. Then to Roemisch-Germanisches
Museum. At its basement the very Mosaic is there which was made in about
2nd century. The glass ware made in around that time still looks modern.
Took ICE813 at 16.16 and arrived at Wiesbaden at 17.29. I had thought I
could see the Rhein in the train. But this train made a short cut through
lots of tunnels. That was my only mistake in this time trip. Checked in
Klee am park in Kurpark. Wiesbaden is a famous hot spring resort, I went
to Kaiser Friedrich Therme, which is like a Japanese Ofuro.
9 September (Fri.)
Around noon I checked out and went to Frankfurt Airport. I had a plenty
time before departure. I left my luggage there and got one day ticket to
Frankfurt at Regional Bf and went to the downtown. I bought a souvenir
for my wife at Kaufhof. KAL left the airport at 19.45. I had a happy flight
saying Danke schoen and Auf Wiedersehen to those whom I met in Germany.
Matthias and his girl friend
10 September (Sat.)
KAL arrived around 13.30 in safe. I was waiting comfortably at the transit
room until the plane start to Japan at 17.40. Arrived at Fukuoka Airport
at 19.00. Took the subway home around 21.40. I am very much content with
this trip studying a lot and greatly appreciate my wife Harumi to let me
take this vacation.
Den in Germany