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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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Mar 30, 2010 - Saxony and Bad Schandau, Germany

Okay, here’s how the day started. Actually let’s backup a bit to last night. We’re trying to cool our cabin down so, with the help of the Program Director, we get the top portion of the window open. Since it was about 35º outside, that worked great. Back to this morning. I had gotten dressed and had wandered into the hallway for a moment when I heard a yelp from Joye (okay, honestly, it was a “#*!*#!!”). I stuck my head back in the cabin (Trust me, you always do these things ve-rr-yy carefully.). Luckily Joye had just gotten out of bed...

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Mar 15, 2010 - Dresden, Germany Mar 15-16

March 15 Arrived at the Kangaroo Stop Hostel at 3am, what a walk from the station. Firstly I walked the wrong way out of the station and I had to pee. Consider heavy backpack and needing to pee, plus cold weather not a happy girl. Stopped at a hotel and a nice young man gave me directions, yah finally made it, napped a bit and then surprise, my new Aus friend Rob was there so we headed out for breakfast and a bit of secondhand store shopping. Dresden is a pretty city, we walked around the streets for a bit and then stopped of for beers and...

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Dec 25, 2009 - Christmas in Germany

12/25/2009 7:28 pm Depart Facility Leipzig, Germany 1:22 am Processed at DHL Location. Leipzig, Germany 1:08 am Transit through DHL facility Leipzig, Germany What a lonely Christmas day, on my own in a very cold Leipzig. An overnight flight to the US cheers me up somewhat.

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