Some of you my recall the sad state my plants were in last year. They were mostly dead. So I’m not sure what happened this year. Maybe it was the horrible heat wave we had. Maybe it was my son’s sudden interest in watering plants. But they are thriving.
The Battle of Berlin marked the end of World War II. It took place April to May 1945 and claimed about 80,000 Soviet lives. Stalin was in a hurry to take Berlin because he wanted to get to their Nuclear research facility before the Americans arrived in order to find out what the Germans had discovered. The Soviet Nuclear program needed a boost. Because Stalin was in such a hurry, mistakes were made and an enormous amount of Soviet lives were lost.
There are three memorials to the Soviet Troops in Berlin. One is the Tiergarten Memorial near the Brandenberg Gate. It is relatively small and compact and was built in 1945. Another is the Schonholzer Heide in the Pankow district. It was finished in 1949 and covers 30,000 square meters (98,500 sq ft). The third is in the Treptower Park. It opened in 1949 as well and was the main war memorial for East Germany. Five thousand Soviet soldiers are buried there.
We visited on a warm summer day arriving after walking for miles and miles not knowing how far it was. The park was lovely and the memorial was impressive, built to a grand scale.
This was a lazy weekend where the weather cooled off and rain moved in. We meandered around one of my all time favorite art museums, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. It is a grand building with pillars and domes and little gardens. At its center is Mercury, the patron god of travelers, the winged messenger.
after Giovanni Bologna Flemish, active in Italy, 1529 – 1608, Mercury, c. 1780/c. 1850, bronze, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1937.1.131
And just for fun …..
These sculptures were created between 1672 and 1674 for a secluded grove on the grounds of Versailles called the Théâtre d’Eau