Travel Opportunities – Germany

from Malva: Benjamin’s life-path hasn’t included typical college or gap-year experiences; his learning-style is best supported by hands-on and experiential opportunities. We are thus expanding his world-view and breadth of understanding through travel and friendship!

In mid-May, along with giving an autism presentation at the Berlin British School, Benjamin and I spent three weeks in Germany, meeting extended family in Berlin, spending time with a close friend in Munich, and taking day-trips to Salzburg and Dresden.

The joy of sharing stories, living and cooking together, cultural excursions, and plenty of walks out in nature… Photos and comments below only scratch the surface of this wonderful trip!

The cuckoo’s call could be heard throughout the forest, foxes and ducks were in view along the shore of the Wansee, and Berlin was blooming – most notably the rhododendrons and chestnut trees…

A wealth of museums and beautiful palaces with their formal gardens…here only a highlight or two:

Sans Souci (above), the summer palace of Frederick “The Great” who enjoyed playing/composing music (see below:  his harpsichord, flute, and music stand)…

(below) Pergamon Museum’s cyclorama of ancient Grecian living was stunning – a singular experience which included soundscape/music/dynamic lighting shifts…not to be missed!

(below) I had no idea that the gateway of ancient Babylon could be found at the Museum Island…

Wonderful times with extended family in Berlin…

A day-trip to Dresden, two hours by train, southward of Berlin…

(below) The famously rebuilt Dresdener Frauenkirche (the blackened stones were rescued from WWII rubble, the beige stones reconstructed from original building design)- a Baroque church with astonishing lightness and grace, almost art-deco in character!

In Munich, staying with a dear friend…

(below) My friend’s workplace, the Münchner Künstlerhaus, supporting artists and cultural events for over a century – and still hosting the famous “Gaukler Ball,” a Mardi-Gras costume-ball, renowned for decades!

Views of the alps and uniquely painted chalets are to be found within an hour’s drive…

(below) Various fantastical palaces of King Ludwig II (“The Fairy Tale King”) and dramatic landscapes, again an hour or so away…

(below) Salzburg, with Mozart’s birth-house and his family’s later residence within minutes’ walk of one another!

I took hundreds of pictures during our three-week stay – this handful is to give only the merest impression of our time there…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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