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Jun 20, 2018 - An Intro to Dresden's Neustadt

We are now in Dresden. It is the capital of the state of Saxony and lies along the Elbe River. Dresden has two very distinct sections – Neustadt (New town) and Altstadt (Old town). Altstadt is where most of the museums and ornate buildings are located and where all the tour buses stop. Neustadt is considered the alternative, quirky section. We got to explore outer Neustadt in a unique way by attending a festival called BRN. The festival was billed as an “alternative” festival so we weren’t sure what to expect. The web site was very vague...

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Dec 13, 2017 - Dresden & Christmas markets

Given we planned meeting with George and Pia in Dresden about 8 months ago when we were still at home, it seems impossible that the visit has now come and gone. It was also interesting to us that seeing them felt like we were just running into them in Pender Harbour, not SIX months ago! I think that is what friendship is all about? Dresden is a beautiful old city that has been completely rebuilt after the Allied forces bombed it to bits in 1945. Looking at the lovely churches, palaces and other stately buildings, it is hard to believe all...

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Oct 17, 2017 - A Musical Interlude

"Without music life would be a mistake." Nietzsche, 1889. Welcome - Leipzig is a comfortable city. Wake up, stroll into Zentrum, grab a bagel with lox at Bagel Brothers. Continue your stroll. Johann Sebastian Bach is buried at Thomaskirche. Other musicians - Robert and Clara Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Grieg, Wagner, various Bach progeny - also contributed to Leipzig being one of Europe's great music capitals. It is currently petitioning to become UNESCO's first World Heritage Music Site. Can Mississippi's Blues Trail be far behind? There...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Slaughterhouse 5 - A Cautionary Tale

Welcome - I'm a big fan of civilization. I believe that a Beethoven symphony, played by a full orchestra, is mankind's highest achievement. Of course there's penicillin, a dependable water supply, indoor plumbing, Vanderbilt University, vaccines, the Humanities, Swiss trains ... Oh, and duct tape. Civilization is fragile. Just ask the people of Dresden, Coventry, Nagasaki. Neither was significantly involved in their country's war effort. So the victims were civilian men, women, children. For Dresden a thousand years of civilization ended...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Meissen

We left Dresden today bound for Berlin. Along the way, we stopped in the small town of Meissen, sometimes called the "cradle of Saxony" because of its early settlement as a German town in 929 AD. Here, we visited the Royal Porcelain Factory, the source of the world's first high-quality porcelain outside of the Far East. King Frederick II of Prussian established this factory in 1763, and Meissen has been producing world-class porcelain china ever since. The actual town of Meissen was also a walk into the medieval past. Blessed with crisp air...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Nuremberg

Today we visited several sites associated with the Nuremberg Trials, all housed within the city's enormous courthouse complex. Called the Palace of Justice, this structure includes a museum detailing the Nuremberg Trials, and still houses several working courtrooms. The most famous of these is Courtroom 600, where German leaders were prosecuted and sentenced for their crimes against humanity. The Palace of Justice was chosen to host these trials b/c it was primarily unaffected by wartime bombing, it held a large prison complex, and the long...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Romantic Rothenburg

Following the romantic road south our next stop was the town of Rothenburg. We have seen many amazing things on our travels including mountains, temples and beaches but Rothenburg will go down as the most beautiful town we have been to. It can trace it's history back many hundreds of years but what is remarkable about it and unlike so many other places is that the old town where 2,500 people still live looks like it would have done some 500 years ago. Our hotel was situated just inside the old city walls and thus we had a great base to...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Dresden

Greetings from lovely Dresden where we have just spent 3 interesting days, and are now en route to Wurzburg via a few hours in Leipzig. Although severely bombed towards the end of WW11 the buildings have been extensively restored or rebuilt along the original plans. It’s the fourth largest city in Germany with a regional population of about 1 million. Also one of the greenest cities in Europe with about 68% green cover. It's on the banks of the Elbe River which separates the “new town” or right bank where we stayed from the “old town” or...

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Pam's Europe 2016

Jul 23, 2016 - Dreamy Dresden

It's been an exciting day entirely in Dresden. I wasn't too sure what to expect. Everything was destroyed in WWII leaving a city of rubble. Then they spent the years up until 1990 and reunification as part of East Germany. There are still some of the old grey, Soviet-style utilitarian buildings but evidently it was all that way. Since reunification, it is amazing what it's become. We went on a city tour this morning and she referred to it as "the jewel of the Elbe" but also "Florence on the Elbe." After we completed our tour, one of our...

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Berlin to Budapest

Jul 22, 2016 - Destination Dresden

It was an early start with loading the bus at 8:00 and leaving luggage ready to go by 7:30 this morning plus getting in a good breakfast. It all went well and we managed to have slow going on our way out of Berlin due to traffic. Eventually we got on the Autobahn and had some smooth riding on our way to Wittenberg. Wittenberg means "white mountain" and that is a misnomer. It is some of the flattest terrain to see. In fact, we passed a lot of windmills built to take advantage of the winds. These aren't your old Dutch type windmills but the...

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Berlin to Budapest

Jul 25, 2015 - Dresden

Uh-Oh...I may have shopped a little too much in Prague. I weighed my suitcase and apparently travel sweat and dirt makes your clothes heavier and I just had to have that one last souvenir. I am about 5 pounds over weight. I am going to try repacking everything a little differently when we arrive in Berlin and if I can't get it to the magic number of 50lbs I may have to run out and buy another carry on! We left Dresden about two hours ago after a brief visit. We stayed long enough to have a delicious lunch and walk around the very pretty...

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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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