I had the chance to visit Potsdam, and I was truly enchanted by this small super important city in the land of Brandeburg. Architecturally there’s something for all tastes: some egyptians buildings, some spanish churches and big french palaces, mixed with typical Nordic buildings and even Dutch districts. Not to forget the chinese touch for the tearoom in the park of Sanssouci!
The farest park from the city center hosts the hotel in which Truman, Churchill (with his successor Attlee) and Stalin met on July 1945, – the first conference after the end of World War II – , to decide upon the destiny of the world.
The relationships between those leaders were to change considerably: following Yalta’s conference held on february, Roosevelt had died in april and his place had been taken by the Vice-president, and the result of British’s elections was to be known as a surprise effect during the same conference. The Labour Party won over the Conservative and Churchill was no longer prime minister. Differently from former president Roosevelt, the Soviet policy was to change; Churchill himself since the early 1940s believed Stalin to be ”a devil-like tyrant leading a vile system”, and Truman was likely to agree. So, walking through the garden, it’s less likely to imagine Churchill smoking his cigars kidding. After a month the atomic bombs were thrown by US on Japan, and the Cold War was the new reality.
I am quite sure though that the leaders didn’t taste the leaves of the flowers in the courtyard nore they had lunch with Falafels 🙂
After the funny lunch and a hot coffee I traversed the little Brandenburg Gate dating MDCCXXV and I went in the park near l’hotel Sanssouci. The name of the hotel is taken by the palace that Frederick the Great ordered to build in order to rest Sans Souci (=without worries). There you can understand why Potsdam is also called la petite Versailles! The park was declared patrimony by the UNESCO. In the Neuer Palace was signed the declaration of war by Wilhelm II in 1914.