Two chapters in The Heraklion Gambit are set on Berlin's Wannsee, the general name given to a group of connected waterways and lakes on the southwest side of the city. When I lived in Berlin I often headed out to the Wannsee just to be near the open expanse of water. No matter the weather the water has always had an attraction for me, and during the three years I lived in Berlin I got to see the Wannsee in brilliant sunshine, pouring rain, driving snow, and freezing cold. After a light snow one day during the winter of '83-'84, I took the bus out to the Wannsee (I recall it was a double-decker) and, with my Kodak 110 Instamatic camera in hand, snapped a few shots. I'm definitely a hacker when it comes to photography (as you can tell from the camera reference), but a couple of the shots that day came out just right. And while I'll never miss Berlin's winters, I must confess that the picture below has a nostalgic pull that leaves me wishing for an hour or two, any time of the year, wandering around the Wannsee.