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Jul 1, 2011 - Rothenburg

Rothenburg germany is a lovely little town that Eric and I went to after our long 15 hour journey to get there. We believe that if we had a car, it probably would have taken us perhaps 3 or less hours to get there. But that is the life of a backpacker, you must depend on the resources given to you wherever you are. But the little placed that we stayed in, as stated before, was adorable. Exactly what you would imagine a German hotel or b&b to look like. With frilly curtains, hand painted watercolor paintings of the town, light colored wood,...

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Jun 30, 2011 - 15 hours

15 hours of traveling...13 hours on a train...15 hours of frustration and bad luck. that could sum up this blog. We started off our day out of cesky krumlov early so that we could catch the train to get to Rothenburg, Germany. We ate breakfast quickly, if at all, so that we could make the train at 830 but breakfast started at 8am and it was a 40 minute walk. we decided though that we had kronor that we needed to spend and get rid of because to convert it into euros, well we would lose money. so we got a cab and got to the train station with...

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Jun 8, 2011 - Rothenberg

yes this is long overdue! We hit the ground running and have not slowed down long enough to write. This morning we are in Rosenberg which is a walled city that is very unique. last night we toured the city with a night watchman which looked very much like Gene Wilder! We laughed at all his medieval jokes and joined him after the tour at a place called Zur Holl. Google this and you will be surprised to learn what it means! Rosenberg has cobbled streets and lots and lots of shopping which Pam and I pounced upon. Our hotel is over 750 years...

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May 17, 2011 - Dresden and Berlin

Dresden Okay so a little bit about Dresden. I dont know much as I will only be here for about a day and a half. The town was virtually flattened during a two day bombing offensive during WWII. Much of the old town has been rebuilt to look old, even though nothing is more than 65 years old. About 20,000 people were killed during the bombings. It seems a cool place, my hostel is really cheap and is on a street where there are a lot of Turkish restaurants, and African shop that also does braids and dreads and a place called Soul Sisters. Not...

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Kia Shnette 2010

May 16, 2011 - Dresden

Arrived in Dresden today safely. I had a bit of drama this morning as I could not find the bus pickup point and missed the scheduled Busabout bus. I had to go to the bus station and pay again to get a bus to Dresden. I was very mad at myself. I am staying at Louise 20 hostel for 2 nights. In other news, my mom is okay and doing well. Thanks everybody.

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Kia Shnette 2010

Jul 13, 2010 - Dresden, Germany

Our second day in Dresden was slightly overcast so it wasn't quite so hot. We started the day with "kaffe & kuchen" then walked down to the Zwinger Museum. I wanted to visit the Old Masters Gallery to see Boticelli's Sistine Madona. One of the bored little angels is tattooed on my shoulder so I feel an affinity for that painting. Since the weather was till OK we decided to go on a double decker bus tour. It took us to the Grosse Garten where we saw the German Hygine Museum and VW factory. We also drove along the Elbe to see some beautiful...

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Orient Express

Jul 12, 2010 - Dresden, Germany

It was another hot night on the orient express. Fortunately we pullded into Dresden around 11:30 and were able to check right into our hotel. After cold showers we headed out to check out the area. We had lunch then window shopped on Prager Strasse. Eventually the road led into the Old Town. A lot of the buildings there had to be rebuilt after we bombed it in 1943 but it is still magnificent. We saw the Semper Opera, Fraunkirche and strolled along the Elbe.

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Orient Express

Jul 5, 2010 - Dresden

Today we drove to Dresden. Along the way from Berlin, it started to rain a little. I can tell you now that it was a pleasant change, as the previous days were quite warm and yuk. Dresden is a part of the Federal State of Saxony. Along the way there, our tour guide, Uli explain the baroque style of architecture, and a bit about Dresden’s history. Dresden was founded by Slavic tribes around the 12th century, however Dietrich, Margrave of Meissen chose Dresden as his residence in 1206 . It was a place where several kings had lived. It’s also...

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May 25, 2010 - Leipzig

After another generous breakfast we left for Dresden. Located along the Elbe river it is a center for fine art and china. It is the home of the “Frauenkirche” (Cathedral of our Lady) occasionally referred to as “The Lutheran St. Peter’s”. Reflecting Lutheran theology, the church’s altar, chancel and baptismal font are in clear view of the congregation. It too was destroyed by the Allies who on Feb 13/14, in 1945 firebombed the entire city. This was a controversial action at the time because Dresden was not strategically important and had no...

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Our Germany Trip

May 6, 2010 - Day 35 - Dresden

The last leg of my journey! Reached dresden...an ancient pretty town on the eastern part of Germany which was comppletely bombed during the WW 2. SOme say it was very unnecessary since Germany had already surrendered. It was pouring in the morning after I reached and I managed to sleep in till noon! After seeing a bit of the town during the rest of the day, I came back to the hostel so that I could cozy up. It ws really cold outside. They had a free dinner thingy in the hostel...so I met a lot of people. After that, they had a night walk...

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My Escapades...

Apr 1, 2010 - Meissen and Torgau, Germany

Set sail early this morning for Meissen (pronounced My-sin). It is a town of 29,000 and was the first center for German rule in Saxony. Some of the first castles in Germany were built in the Meissen area. The region was originally settled by the Slavs in the 8th century but by the 10th century the Germans had gained control. So, Meissen is known as the cradle of Saxony. If the word “Meissen” sounds a rather familiar to you, it is probably because it is the home of perhaps the finest porcelain production in the world. By the 17th century...

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Mar 31, 2010 - Dresden, Germany

It was as we stepped off the ship and headed for our tour of Dresden that it really hit me – again. Hey, this whole cruise is in part of what was called the Soviet bloc – i.e. Czech Republic and East Germany. These countries, and more, were under Soviet domination until the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Just take a minute to think on that. We would never have thought in the late 1980’s that in just a few years the Soviet Union would cease to be and we would now be strolling around just as normal as you please in countries that were...

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