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Berlin Part V

James Andrew at Das Chinesische Haus.

Ever since I heard Nicky Haslam describe the magnificence of Potsdam, I’ve been very much wanting to explore the beauty of these royal grounds. Just thirty minutes from the center of Berlin, I could devote an entire day, which one really needs, to tour what many consider to be the Versailles of Germany – needless to say, I’m thrilled I did. Thank you Nicky!

After some extensive research, I established an itinerary for seeing the palaces I most wanted to see, focusing primarily on the smaller ones. The following are a few of the highlights of our tour.

We began with a tour of the elaborate Neues Palais, the largest Palace in Potsdam, then off to Schloss Charlottenhoff, which was built in 1826 as a summer residence for the Crown Prince. It was designed by Schinkel (the architect and interior designer of choice to royals of this time) in the style of a classical villa. We then made our way through the glorious Schloss Charlottenhoff gardens.

I’m standing (top) in front of the Chinese Pavilion, one of the structures I was most anxious to see. Located in the gardens of the Palace of Sanssouci, it’s a delicious Rococo fantasy fulfilling an 18th century European appetite for all things Chinese — obviously our architect has taken some liberties here, much to our delight!

The central entrance to Sanssouci from the garden facade.

Sanssouci – meaning “without a care” was designed as a place to enjoy life’s pleasures — music, friends, and food. More “maison de plaisance” than palace, it was created on a scale that one might consider livable by today’s standards — of course it is still quite a bit more opulent than one might be accustomed to!

Golden Suns, symbolizing enlightenment and humanitarianism, adorn the ornamental pavilions on either side of the palace.

Perhaps my favorite Palace in Potsdam was Die Neuen Kammern. Originally constructed as an Orangery — and I’ve had a long standing fantasy to live in an Orangery by the way — it was later transformed to accommodate guests and host lavish banquets.

Die Neuen Kammern.

We were somehow able to see almost all that we had wanted before rushing back to Berlin for our farewell dinner at the legendary Paris Bar restaurant, an iconic establishment, and a must while visiting Berlin.

We later treated ourselves to dessert and a provocative — and rather intimate — performance piece at Salon K — all very Berlin!

For our day of exploration, I’m wearing a Michael Bastian fair isle woolen sweater, Tom Ford white and navy cotton plaid shirt, Gucci chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle, black leather tote and aviator style sunglasses, Diesel skinny jean, Lanvin high top sneakers in greens and black suede my fragrance is Creed Bois de Portugal.

11 Comments

  1. Karena says:

    Sanssousi, oh my fabulous images, and you are dressed perfectly James!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  2. jon stone says:

    This is perhaps one of my favorite of all your blog entries.

  3. very good shots, especially Golden suns!

  4. Love the shoes and also the ornamental outdoor pavillions.

    Best,
    Scott

  5. Brian Cook says:

    Wonderful combination!! I will be looking in my closet to find something like this to wear!

    Brian

  6. DeanFarris says:

    Hi James,

    I adore Sans Souci… and I really like those DIESEL jeans on you !

    Dean *****

  7. Monaco Girl says:

    OMG, Sans Souci is so beautiful, I was there once!

    you look great!

    love,

    Monaco Girl

  8. Christiane von Könemann says:

    ich hab in Potsdam für eine Zeit gelebt, es war wunderschön…….

  9. Christian Fuchs says:

    OMG i was in Sans Souci when I was 16! lovely experience, I am glad u had a nice time there!

    hugs,

    Christian

  10. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Ich war dort auch, es war unvergesslich!

    LG

    Mara

  11. Lola Montes says:

    Me encanta, qué fotos más lindas de Potsdam, pronto estaré por allá, tú luces magnífico como siempre!

    cariños,

    Lola

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