South of Berlin about 30 miles lies the Spreewald, the heartland of the Sorbs (an ancient Slavic cultural group), known for its bucolic canals and pickles. The land is drained by the Spree River on its way through downtown Berlin to the sea. Eva so wanted to spend a lazy day on a boat floating along a canal. She got her wish.

Spreewald canal boat

Spreewald canal boat

But first we had to get there. While driving along the toll road in Poland we drove under a number of broad over crossings. These were passageways for wild animals to cross the highway, built at considerable expense, but allowing animals to roam their native territories.

Bridge for animals to cross the highway

Bridge for animals to cross the highway

Another animal crossing

Another animal crossing

Along the toll road were a number of gas stations and restaurants, and the like. McDonalds were common, very nicely designed, and usually crowded. As we neared the border with Germany we stopped at a small rest stop, nicely groomed. The toilets were free but were unmarked as to which gender went where. Then I remembered reading in a tour book that triangle meant for men and circle for women. See what I mean?

Polish rest stop with covered picnic tables

Polish rest stop with covered picnic tables

The signless but coded toilet

The signless but coded toilet

We let our car navi guide us to our destination via the fastest route. Once we entered the former East Germany we got onto roads dating from the Cold War days.

A state highway, not yet updated form communist times.

A county road, not yet updated from communist times.

Eva has often remembered red poppy fields from her youth in northern Germany but we rarely see any except for a blossom here and there. Here we found them in abundance, nicely sprinkled with blue cornflowers.

Poppies and cornflowers

Poppies and cornflowers

A European poppy

A European poppy

Wind turbines are common in Germany and Poland. these countries are dedicated to using renewable power and phasing our coal and nuclear.

Wind turbines are common in Germany and Poland. These countries are dedicated to using renewable power and phasing our coal and nuclear.

We were soon closing in on our destination town of Lübbenau but lunch hour was upon us. We stopped in nearby Lübben at a very nice small restaurant decorated in a local theme. It was rather late for lunch so we were the only ones there. The food was as good as it looks.

What a good find

What a good find

A canal boat decoration

A canal boat decoration

We ordered about the smallest items on the menu but we obviously didn’t go away hungry.

Eva's order are the three dishes on the right side. I think this is a fried fish with sauce to the side.

Eva’s order are the three dishes on the right. I think this is a fried fish with mushroom sauce to the side.

My order was fried liver, done exactly right.

My order was breaded fried liver, done exactly right, accompanied by traditional red cabbage and creamy boiled potatoes.

As we walked around town I saw a poster for an upcoming concert by a boys choir from the Polish town we had just left that morning.

Boys choir from Poznan, Poland

Boys choir from Poznan, Poland

Getting to our destination using our car navi did not work so well. Our place was located in the country down some one lane roads. More than once navi said turn left when we needed to turn right. But in the end we arrived.

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