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Sep 10, 2013 - Dresden and the weather changes

Dresden, sorry I missed you in Dresden, Fran, I think I was about a month too late to meet up with you. It would've been fun to catch up, next time. Unfortunately the weather has finally caught up with me and our time in Dresden was marred a little by the cold and rainy conditions. It only reminded me of how I've vowed never to travel through Europe in winter again after experiencing such a beautiful summer in Europe this time around. Dresden is a beautiful ('not so old city' as it was heavily bombed during the war and has since been...

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Jane Lady of Leisure

Aug 14, 2013 - Dresden and Leipzig

I am finding the heavy schedule and hours of journaling quite taxing and I don't even know if anyone (apart from my sister Margaret and friend Ollie is receiving these updates so I may need to close down this section by tomorrow. Just briefly, we visited Dresden and Leipzig where we stayed last night in the Ramada Hotel and had an extremely nice buffet dinner. I think that our group are tiring and tonight in Munich will be the first chance for me to wash clothes at the self service laundry reportedly opposite our hotel. Staying for two days...

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Apr 27, 2013 - Colditz Castle

Poor old Peter, the temperature dropped forty degrees overnight and it started raining. It rained all morning and we spent the morning in Elsie waiting for a break. Peter had a sleepless night and ended up staying another day alongside us. The rain did ease off lunch time and we decided to walk through the woods into Colditz, about one and a half miles. We came out near Colditz castle the famous wartime prisoner of war camp. I wanted to visit the castle as back in 1999 my brother-in-law, Jack, had made two 1/3rd scale replicas of the glider...

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TRAVELS WITH ELSIE

Apr 26, 2013 - Off To Colditz

Time to move on so today we upped sticks and headed back to Colditz in Germany. After filling the water tank, emptying the waste water tank and filling Elsie up with diesel we headed North. A minor navigation problem sent us heading towards Krakow instead of Katovice and added about ten miles to our trip today which was our longest leg so far at 370 miles. It was motorway nearly all the way so easy cruising apart from the first and last twenty miles. It was good to see the temperature outside rising steadily up to eighty degrees, nice at...

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TRAVELS WITH ELSIE

Sep 28, 2012 - First full day

I am now taking some time for me, and today off on a longer train journey. before heading to Hauptbahnhof, i drop the flowrs off at DB tower for carolin to say Thank You for previous 2 days Jeff at work has a great passion for Dresden, so that's my first point of call, the train I am on is Loco Hauled formed for Austrian stock ona Hamburg Villach service via Prague. I settle into a compartment, but soon joined by a Thai couple, as always very polite, even asking if I made that they eat as they had just got a plane, we had a chat en route,...

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Berlin and more

Sep 22, 2012 - Dresden GERMANY

On the Friday we made our way by train (again..... ask me anything about the German rail network and I can probably tell you!) to Dresden to visit my cousin Jürgen and his wife Kerstin. I was blown away by Dresden. It's such a beautiful city and has a wonderful vibe to it. I felt immediately at home here. Dresden is on the Elbe river which starts in Czech and finishes in Hamburg in the far north (in fact we went with a ferry on the Elbe while we were in Hamburg). On our first night Jürgen and Kerstin took us for a walk along the Elbe, over...

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Jul 27, 2012 - Dresden

Friday 27/7/12 Dresden 20ks riding It was an easy ride on cycle paths down hill to the city centre. We were the only ones for the English speaking tour with Susann. She is a history and art graduate and apart from telling us the “history” of the architecture, she gave a really great impression of how everyday life for the common person was like through the ages, and especially in the communist years. Susann was 9yrs old when the wall came down and how her life changed with reunification. From photos we could see how Dresden was obliterated...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Dresden

Thursday 26/7/12 Dresden Felt lazy with the heat, but it was too hot to stay in the tent for a lie in. Peter talked with the cyclists ( a couple in their 60’s) in the tent next door, about their Ortlieb panniers. The guy couldn’t fault them, (he had Ortlieb everthing) and told us there was a big outdoors/equipment store ”Globe trotters” in the city. We rode the bus into the city and walked through the new shopping centre. Lots of familiar brand names and sales galore, very tempting. Globetrotters is a huge 4 level store, and would have just...

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Jul 25, 2012 - Nebocady to Dresden

Wednesday 25/7/ 12 Nebocady to Dresden 78ks While waiting for the tent to dry we tried to “stuff” ourselves with breakfast buns and coffee as breakfast was supplied by the camp….we enjoyed talking more with the German family we met last night who had cycled from Hamburg and were going the opposite direction to us..to Prague. Very scenic along the Elbe, quick easy riding. Had to stop at a little café close to the border to use up our Czech money , enough for an icecream each and some rocker fuel Fanta. We took our photos at the “totem...

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Jul 2, 2012 - Dresden

After Berlin, we headed south toward Munich where we would depart from Germany. On the way, we had two more stops, Dresden and Nurnberg. Dresden is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. The town blossomed during the 18th century when it became a cultural center and built many beautiful buildings. Almost all of these were completely destroyed during the night of February 14, 1945 when British and American air forces mounted a vast carpet-bombing raid on the city. Today, meticulous restoration work is in progress to return the historic city...

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Germany 2012

Jun 25, 2012 - Leipzig

Our next major destination after Frankfurt was Berlin. However, since it was a 375 mile trip, we decided to select a city about halfway between the two. The city we selected was Leipzig as it seemed to offer the most in terms of hotels, cultural and historic attractions, dining and shopping. Photos 1,2,3 Leipzig is not only one of Germany’s leading commercial towns, it is a center of culture and learning. It is the home of the German national library and is proud that Johann Sebastian Bach was a past choirmaster of the Thomanerchor Boys’...

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Germany 2012

Jun 4, 2012 - Day 18 A day in Dresden

Up early, showered, breakfasted and ready for family to call on FaceTime. It was good to see Pete, Kylie, Scott and kids and to have a bit of a chat. Sounds as though all is going well on the Perth end. We then set off to find the main train station so we could start our journey to Dresden. We have found the Berlin train station very challenging and even though I thought EU countries are supposed to display signs in the home language and English (and make announcements the same way), there is a distinct lack of that here. They appear to...

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