Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 1995 In front of the collapsed Berlin Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall was announced by the East German government on November 9, 1989, in a statement that could be taken as "de facto travel liberalization" in a statement declaring a substantial deregulation of travel and immigration. After the Berlin citizens flooded the wall and the border checkpoint was opened in the turmoil, the wall removal work began on November 10, the next day, and the history of the east-west division was virtually ended. 

The Communist Party governments were overthrown in Eastern European countries one after another, and the east-west Germany was virtually unified on October 3, 1990 the following year.


Five years later, our tour members set foot on the eastern side of Berlin, the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, looking at the collapsed wall of Berlin and touching it with their hands. 

There were many old and dark buildings in the eastern part of Berlin at that time, and it was not a glitz, and although it was supposed to be a tourist spot, I couldn't find a cafe nearby to interact with the locals.


As of 1995, when we set foot, I think that even if East-West Berlin unified into Berlin, the atmosphere of the city and the expression and appearance of people were still different between the west and east sides. 

After all, for 28 years, it has been partitioned by walls, and people have lived under different political systems.


I think now, at that time, I would like to step into the west side of Berlin and see the difference between East and West Berlin with my own eyes.















Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 1995 Meissen Porcelain Factory

Our first place to stay on our "Baroque Road and Danube Excursion" pack trip, which left Narita on the itinerary from September 13 to September 23, 1995, was Dresden.

And the next day, we visited the Meissen Porcelain Factory after a tour of Dresden.


At that time, Meissen porcelain was unfamiliar to me, and I only knew that it was porcelain that was greatly influenced by Jingdezhen kiln in China and Imari ware in Japan.


So, to write this, I searched on the web and summarized the background of the birth of Meissen as follows.

In 17th-century Europe, Chinese porcelain and Japanese Imari ware were so popular that it was not possible to create pure white, thin, hard and glossy porcelain in Europe at the time.

European royal aristocrats and traders at the time were competing to find a way to make hard porcelain.


In such a situation, one of the leading oriental porcelain collectors, August King of Saxony, Germany, was not satisfied simply by decorating the castle with the collected porcelain, and made the alchemist imprisoned to study the secret method of porcelain production.

The imprisoned alchemist finally made something similar to porcelain in 1708 after suffering hardship, elucidated the white porcelain manufacturing method the next year, and in 1710 of the following year, made Europe's first hard porcelain kiln ``Meissen''.


By the way, I haven't visited all the processes, but at that time, the Meissen porcelain factory that I saw was subdivided into processes, and the impression is that it is a craft rather than an art. Compared to Imari, Meissen porcelain could not feel the human touch.


I wanted to buy a small vase because I came to Meissen far away, but I had to give up because it was too expensive.

That's why the picture is Imari ware that makes my eyes entertaining.





























Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 1995 Woman boarding first class seat

When the members of this 11-day Eastern and Central Europe packed tour met for the first time in the airport lobby before departure, among the members including me in blouson, cotton pants and sneakers, only women who seem to be around 60 years old Had a different look. 

Her outfit is a wide-brimmed hat wrapped in colorful ribbons, a chic suit and a brightly printed scarf, large branded handbags in the hands, and elegant medium-heel shoes. And at her feet were two suitcases with the "LV" logo.


It's almost like the opening scene of the movie "Orient Express Murder Case." But in this movie, it was the porter's job at the station receiving the chips to carry the elegant Madame’s 'LV' suitcase. 

However, on our tour, a tour conductor will play the role of this female porter.


In subsequent self-introductions, I found out that the woman was the only first-class passenger on the tour.












Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 1995 Multi-Visa

Taking advantage of the two-week vacation system of 1995, I decided to take a packed tour of Dresden/Prague/Budapest/Vienna from September 13th to September 23rd.


Also, at this time, it was necessary to apply for a "multi-visa" that combines several countries into one, and as a condition for the application, a passport remaining period of 5 to 6 months was required. I had no choice but to renew my passport, which had remained for three months. 

I couldn't handle such a complicated visa application, so I decided to ask the travel agency to pay a fee, and sent the newly obtained passport and the latest photograph taken for the visa to the travel agency.


However, after a few days, I was stunned when the travel agency told me that the application was rejected by a Hungarian examiner. The reason was that the passport photo and the visa application photo cannot be seen by the same person. 

Sure, in my passport photo I was in a cool neck sweater, and in the visa photo I was in a standing collar cotton shirt, but the time difference between the two photos was less than 3 weeks, and the shortcut hairstyle was the same. No matter who checked it, they could be judged to be the same person. 

Persuading myself, "I can't beat a crying child and a foreign examiner," and I sent a photo taken back to the travel agency wearing the same clothes as my passport photo.


Speaking of which, my first application for a visa was when I took a vacation tour during the year-end and New Year holidays in 1977 with a friend on a packed tour of the US West Coast and Hawaii. 

There was also such an era as "Applying for a visa for American tourism?"


The photo shows two visas.



















Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 1994 Portugal (Extra) Movie "Lisbon Story"

"Lisbon Story" was filmed in 1995 by Director Wim Wenders in response to a request from the city of Lisbon for a "movie with the motif of Lisbon City", while a recording engineer rotated around and took pictures with the camera. , Some cases develop. 

I had just finished my Portugal tour in May 1994, and I could see the city of Lisbon, which has a lot of slopes, and the impressive TEJO river again through the screen. I went to.


And I knew through this movie. Unlike the fado that expresses the dark and heavy feelings that Amalia Rodrigues has symbolized, the appearance of a new fado that features strings of a young orchestra and creates a clear melody. 

I got the soundtrack CD immediately and listened to it many times, but in particular, Teresa Salgueiro, who also starred in the movie, sings with a clear voice, the title roll song "AINDA" and TEJO river theme "O TEJO" heals me.


TEJO river




From the cover of the soundtrack CD "MADREDEUS AINDA"











 そして、私はこの映画を通して知った。これまでのアマリア・ロドリゲス(Amália  Rodrigues)が象徴していた暗くて重い情念を表現するファドとは異なる、若い楽団のストリングスをフューチャーして澄み切ったメロディーを醸す新しいファドの出現を。 

早速サウンドトラック盤CDを入手し、何度も聴いているが、取り分け、映画でも主演しているTeresa Salgueiroが澄み切った声で歌う、タイトルロール曲の「AINDA]とTEJO河をテーマにした "O TEJO" が私を癒やしてくれる。

Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 1994 Portugal (10) Unforgettable children

The highlight of this round trip in Portugal was the encounter with charming children. I've already picked up some of them, but this time, I remembered the friendly children who still have an unforgettable impression 25 years later.













Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 1994 Portugal (9) vase, picture plate, clay pot

One of the headaches I had on my trip around Portugal was to safely bring back the heavy and fragile cabin baggage such as vase, picture plate, and clay pot I bought at my destination.


But it was worth the effort.

I could decorate the vase with a peony flower given to me by my friend for my 70th birthday, the brilliant picture plate relieves my fatigue, and the clay pot devised me a menu. It gave me some fun.






Picture plate




 Scenery around the shop where I bought a vase and a picture plate




 clay pot


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