Friday, September 10, 2010

Breakfast With Hilton

Today we are docked at Bad Schandau, and it isn't bad at all.  Just a little town on the Elbe, but quite cute.  Most of the people on the boat took buses and went to see rock formations but I stayed behind to explore the town.  That took about ten minutes.  I did buy a coffee and a nice crispy pastry though.  Just what I needed after a breakfast of blueberry pancakes, a mid-morning snack of sausages and beer, and lunch.  I just had ice cream and a bit of bubbly for lunch though.  I am cutting down.

But more of that later. I wanted to give you an idea of what our breakfasts were like at the Berlin Hilton.  As I had mentioned it was kind of like a little champagne brunch in Las Vegas.

The Lines Aren't As Long

There was a station where you could get your eggs prepared anyway you wanted them, including omelletes or omelettes or omelets (how do you spell it, anyway?).

One Egg Thingy With Everything, Please

I love smoked salmon and they had two kinds every day, with horseradish.  That and some cheese and dried sausages, a bit of bubbly, the perfect start to the day.

Select Your Salmon

Just Another View Of Brunch

And, as you can see, the Mysterious Chinese Woman was pleased with her breakfast selections.

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

After breakfast we boarded our bus and headed to Potsdam for a little tour before boarding our boat.  Most of you, I am sure, have heard about Potsdam and the significance it played after the end of World War II.  But here is a question for you.  Why do you think this garden was planted with a red star in the middle?

Extra Credit For Correct Answers

And who do you think represented the United States, Britain, and Russia?  If you answered Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin you are wrong.

The boat is pulling out of Bad Schandau now so I am about to lose my internet connection.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for the answers to the above questions (or you can use Google if you can't wait).  Our next stop will be in the Czech Republic.  Although they are in the European Union they do not use the Euro, but rather the Czech crown.  For a lot of extra credit, do you know why?

All shall be revealed tomorrow.