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The signature landmark of Dresden is the Frauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady. It is one of the most talked about German buildings in the recent past.
In World War II, air-raids wiped out Dresden, destroying many historic buildings and churches. Among them was the Frauenkirche, which collapsed into a 42 feet high pile of rubble; the ruins were left untouched for 40 years, a reminder of the destructive powers of war.
Dresden was on our way to Prague so we thought we would look at the old city, and the church they had to rebuild after the serious bombing during the war. We had a walk around, saw some great historic buildings and had a beer. It was a lovely city but me and Roy were both hot now, so we pushed on to Prague to find a hotel.
We thought about camping but wanted easy down time.
Also climbed a few steps in the church to have a look at the old city from above!!!
Joined the cycle brigade one day and rode to a village 26km away down the river Elbe. Nice ride although it was a bit hot (the weather has improved and its now 30+ degrees). The town – Meissen – is known for its famous porcelain. And its cathedral and castle!!! Quite a medieval town with cobbled streets. You can do ...
... that followed. An estimated 35,000-135,000 people were killed, with the figures so broad due to the unknown thousands of refugees in the town fleeing the Russian advance that were also killed. It's a very controversial element of the war as the town had no economic, strategic, or resource worth and was full only of civilians. It took two weeks to openly cremate all of the victims. Horrific. The town is now very beautiful, with ...
... Blenheim. Some rooms were decked out in eighteenth century style; the kitchen complex had been thoughtfully and splendidly recreated and the dining room with yet more Meissen porcelain was pretty fine ( you'd think that they made the stuff around here ). The chapel was unusually under-stated, with paintings illustrating the life of Mary and featuring heated seats: literally the Hot Seat to God.However, the rest is more of a quasi-museum set inside the rooms of ...