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Sep 21, 2014 - Dresden

Eleanora and I opted to use the Hop on Hop Off bus today but stayed on it for the whole trip as the rain came down in the morning although we'd walked into the centre dry. With English commentary it gave us a better idea of Dresden, its suburbs and significant buildings. Some areas have very up market homes surrounded by gardens which were not affected by the bombing. I need to read,up on the bombing and the reason for the destruction of the historic town as it occurred in the Feb of 1945 and the Red Army occupied the city in March. All...

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Sep 20, 2014 - Dresden

Mentioned yesterday that the Altstadt ( old cit) is in the centre and has been reconstructed following the bombing in '45. Today we've visited the Neustadt (new city) which in terms of the buildings is really much older as it was not bombed. It is very much a residential area with small shops and on Saturday morning many people were out doing their shopping and. Any were pushing prams; we've been told Dresden has the highest birth rate in Germany. Our visit to this are was to take a tour called " Taste of Dresden" which was meant in both...

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Sep 19, 2014 - Prague to Dresden

Off to catch the train after breakfast and enjoyed the trip which followed the Elbe river. The five of us quickly found a large taxi and transferred to our hotel which is very modern, right opposite the World Trade Centre. No free WiFi but the girl at the desk kindly pointed out that there is a hotspot just outside the hotel in the covered shopping arcade which connects the hotel and trade centre. Didn't take us long to settle into our rooms have coffee and a snack, work out directions and head into the old city. Now this is where it gets...

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Aug 31, 2014 - Dresden

This has been by far and away, the least enjoyable day of the trip. There have been less glamorous destinations, but I'd hate to say, the people in Dresden are the rudest, most selfish people I have come across on any travels. I've seen some people with a lack of respect before, but these guys take the cake. Our morning started with a lovely breakfast at the Steinberger hotel (who are all completely immune from my description of the people in Dresden. They were fantastic at their jobs). The morning was rather wet as it had rained reasonably...

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Aug 3, 2014 - Sun and Rain and sore feet

We got up about 8:15 and went to breakfast provided by the hotel. Not the best selection or the best tastes. But it was OK. The usual scrambled eggs and ten kinds of bread, plus cereal and lots of cheese. I had a good meal – Alice not so much. Then back to the room to gather our supplies and off to “Hop on - Hop off” tour bus. We bought the ticket then walked down to the Elbe to board the bus. The first tour was about two hours – we first went along the Elbe and the opera house, the water gate palace, and the Eissporthalle – a tobacco...

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Aug 2, 2014 - Dresden

Up about 8:15 and breakfast. Some final packing then down to the lobby and check out. Local city tax not included in tour so an extra 12 euros. Taxi to the train station was not a problem, then down to platform one to wait for the train. We were about 45 minutes early so the platform was pretty empty but filled up quickly. On platform two a train came and everybody ran after it – but it was the wrong train so a few minutes later they were all running back the other way! We tried to figure things out – we were in car 258 seats 31 and 32....

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Jun 1, 2014 - Dresden Day 1/2

Taking the train from Berlin to Dresden was very simple. The hotel I stayed at was called the Ibis Bastei and it was just a few minutes walk from the train station. The hotel is perfect location on the main pedestrian walking street that will take you straight to the Old City which was incredibly beautiful even though it is all reconstruction since Dresden was completely bombed in WW2. Tip: Go to Cafe Prag for the best pizza. A huge slice and beer was only 4,90 Euro. Another must have is the finest chocolate ice cream bar from Feinstes...

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May 1, 2014 - Day 29 – Thursday 1 May – Munich to Leipzig

Today we had our longest train trip being from Munich to Leipzig taking 6 hours. I know I have said it before but Train travel has been so good. We had a 5 minute walk from our hotel, waited for the train departure of about 15 minutes, we had a booth with spacious leather seats, a table and huge window, very fast internet access, really great countryside, and only about 4 stops. For morning tea and lunch we went down to the dining car for a la carte meals. We had time to update Facebook and journal and message the girls and we even did a...

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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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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

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