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Three trips planned for the balance of the year. End of September to Branson, MO, to stay in our main timeshare, never been, have to still plan what to see. End of October to Gulfport Miss. to visit with nephew and family. still in planning stages. and then for Thanksgiving flying to Seattle, to be with cousins, there are two places I want to see when there.
 
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our Gulfport Miss. trip is canceled . my nephew will be working on rebuilding the Florence disaster in the various states needed. that is his construction company specialty. He has a crew of guys from all over that arrive and machinery etc. Part of was not too excited about going, something in my gut. This week to finally sit down and discuss concerts to go to in Branson, MO.
 
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Since the last places I showed we have been off travelling again to a number of places. To the English Lake District, twice, which is just a 300 mile drive and our favourite place.

The first time we were also going to a wedding up there so Mrs Bootsy took a car full of flowers from the garden to do the flowers for the wedding.

with some of the left overs she made up a few vases for the place that we stay at. (y)

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We also spotted some of the local wildlife
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And, of course, some of the lakes (and mountains :)).
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We also went to a lot of places in Germany.

Berlin has many churches, museums, monuments and large buildings

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War memorials and information.

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The Berlin wall

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One section of the wall is covered in paintings, graffiti and people are allowed to draw and sign their names on parts of it
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The Brandenburg Gate - a picture of the picture of the bombing in front of the gate.
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Wittenberg, the birthplace of Martin Luther. In that part of the country almost the only religion is Lutheran (Protestant) but we were told that only a small proportion of people were actually religious.

A pretty town
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We also visited a lot of other places:- Meissen, Dresden, Potsdam, The Bastei and then on to Prague. I'll try and find time to show some of it.
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Gosh, sounds like you've been busy @Bootsy! Lovely photos, thanks for sharing them with us :) I've been to Berlin a couple of times, it's a great city.
 
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Potsdam - was also enclosed by the Berlin Wall. This bridge became well known when it was used for the exchange of Francis Gary Powers (pilot of the U2 shot down by the Russians) and the Russian spy Rudolph Abel. They made the well known film, Bridge of Spies, about it (rather inaccurate in places but that's quite normal with films).


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Not too far from there is the Palace of Sans Souci (similar to a scaled down version of Versailles)
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Also nearby is the pretty, small town of Worlitz.
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In the mid eighteenth century Friedrich Franz of Anhalt-Dessau built Worlitz Castle which is now a World Heritage site and in the grounds it has enormous gardens, lake and a river.
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The interior décor is quite ornate
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and he was a very liberal and forward thinking person.

He had the church next door - in the grounds
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and also built a synagogue in the grounds
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He said "both religions had the right to exist. Everybody had to be enabled to decide for himself which belief to follow."

An inscription in a cemetery has a quote of his:-
"Whether Jew, Pagan, or Christian, in death we are all equal; therefore, be and keep being human."
 
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we are off soon again. this Thursday, to Seattle, WA. driving up to stay on the San Juan Islands, and explore for 5 days, then back down south of Seattle, on the way Deception Pass. then on to my cousins house for Thanksgiving and few days to see the area etc.
 
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Thanks for your assistance, @Becky . I was pressing the button for large and forgot which button I had hit. In the past just hitting the top for all large does not seem to work, or maybe its me. It is a beautiful place indeed. The cost of living there is nuts though. Example a dozen of eggs are $8.00. And, one might say, well get chickens. but chicken feed costs lots. I did not really see much fields of grain, corn etc. did see cows. So not sure all the issues. Understand from the B&B they have some interesting regulations there. But only there three days, so no real need for detail understanding of those. Anyway, a neat place to visit if in that area for something else. Would I say, yes, you have to go there in your life or your missing a real treat---Nope would not say that. But, again, a good area to attach to a visit of the Northwest coastline. I also love the Oregon Coastline, and the Washington State Coastline, both have seen twice, now that is an area to must see.
 
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Been twice on the Oregon coastline, loved , loved it. Usually I fly into Eugene, Oregon, rent a car then head West until the coastline stops me then go North following the coastline road. Its so beautiful. driving through small town, and I mean small census under 500 people small. and the fishing towns, the ruggedness in places. quaintness. etc. One place I cannot pass up to stay is in Newport. http://www.sylviabeachhotel.com/ its the best, usually stay there about 4 nights, sweet little town. then I head way up still, stay in Astoria, that is a close proximity to touring the the coast of Washington state, again beautiful, lots of bird preserves etc. Lavender fields, cheese making stuff. Stay in Astoria about 3 nights, again a nice town. Both places have decent to good restaurants. Then I head toward Seattle, WA. where my cousins live. Next time, I want to divert to Portland, OR. And if you look at a map at the boarder of Washington State and Oregon about mid way over there are Eleven Falls to see, not a big tourist trap at all, just a park type road as you curve through the area. Loved that trip. Hope you can do it. @Becky. I have stayed at two different B&B each time in Astoria, both were fine, but neither that I would go crazy over, not like the one in Newport, but both in Astoria could be a good return too if needed, nothing against them.
 
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Got back late last night, have some shots to upload . But in the meantime. I took this shot with my cell and sent it to facebook when there. Kinda neat the shot, if I do say so myself. More later. Oh, yes, one more I can get quickly, its a sunset at a Fish fry on the beach party, with storm clouds moving about.
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