Berlin, Germany

When I went to Egypt earlier this year I did not expect to see Queen Nefertiti. I had already seen her. In Berlin. The Neues Museum in Berlin houses Egyptian Art, Pre-Historic objects, and Classical Antiquities. The museum re-opened in 2009 after extensive renovation. I was there in 2011. Photographs are not allowed in the chamber where Nefertiti is displayed. She sits in the middle of a beautiful round room. It is quite stunning.

All the postcards are in German so I’m not sure what this is but it is Egyptian:

The Gate of Ishtar was also impressive. It was the eighth gate into the City of Babylon in Ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq). The gate was built by Nebuchadnezzar II in 575 BC. The bricks are glazed and decorated with bas-reliefs of aurochs (extinct species of cattle) and dragons (aslo extinct? just kidding). The gate was excavated by a German archaeological team from 1902-1914 and reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin in the 1930s.

Detail from the Throne Room in Babylon

Baalbeck, Lebanon

April 1972

Dear Va

Thinking of you as we travel with Mary and David (Rome, Algiers, Tunis, Beirut). They go their own way for 2 1/2 more weeks starting Fri – and we head for a week’s work in Nairobi, planning to stop in Athens on our way home.

Loved catching up with you all during Bill’s visits. Hope everything was fine in Wis. How we enjoyed the reports of your new home – and your young folk’s worlds. Sure do miss you but you are one of our best correspondents – Gracias.

Fondly, Lowell and Mary

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