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'Twas some days before Christmas When we stormed German streets Taking to markets For the gifts, crafts and treats There was hype and excitement For the Streitzkmakt fair For a bucket list box Would be ticked off this year. We went many markets Drank of many Gluhweins (mulled wine) Wrapped up all warm And had jolly of times The best of the markets Medieval was themed From the stalls to the banners Even costumes it seemed There ...
Our drive day from Prague to Berlin today passed through Dresden, which is a beautiful gothic town famous for having the absolute bejesus bombed out of it by the Allies in the final months of the Second World War, and making porcelain. Over 80% of the town was destroyed during the bombings, so a lot of their very old buildings are now a patchwork of very old original and slightly newer brick as they were meticulously rebuilt in ...
... thoughts about leaving, however we are glad we went along with Nathan’s
dad wishes. We are all feeling sadness
at the loss of a great, generous and loving man and our thoughts and prayers
are with Nathan’s mother and his sisters and brothers. Nathan will return home for the funeral and
then rejoin Traci and the kids back in Bielefeld.
Dresden is another
beautiful city with ...
... of Military History. The first part was constructed in 1877 and the "wedge" was added in 2011. The overall design with the wedge cutting through the arsenal is supposed to symbolize the eventful military history of Germany. The focus of the displays is not to present a biased view, but rather to challenge traditional perspectives and to inspire public debate on the war and military in the past, present and future.
When I went to buy a ticket, ...
... a place of confinement. Those solid and hefty walls survive today, and what we see in the small fortress at Terezin is essentially what remained in 1945. There has been no attempt at prettyfication or reconstruction, so there is an earthy, authentic and immediate atmosphere. You know that the ground you walk on and the cells you enter are absolutely real.
However, it proved tricky to get in. We faced more baffling bureaucracy, having to join a guided tour that ...