The Divided City

Trip Start Sep 04, 2009
Trip End Sep 26, 2009

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Flag of Poland  , Western Poland,
Saturday, September 12, 2009

Since we arrived in Germany we have been washing our clothes out by hand and would love to find a laundromat - today is not that day.  So sink washing it is.

It is Saturday, so it is market day on Elisabethstrasse in front of the hotel.  All kinds of stuff - clothing, produce, toys, and the usual trinkety stuff.

We walked from Marienplatz to Poland.  On the way we visited the Church of St. Peter and its beautiful organ, the Frauenkirche where people gathered to discuss civil rights before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Church of the Holy Trinity - once a Franciscan monastery, now a school.

In the lower market there was an outdoor art market.  Local artists displayed and sold their pieces.  One artist had her dog with her - made me miss my Maggie.

We had a nice pastry and coffee at the Ratskeller Cafe at the bottom of what was once the city hall in the old town.

Across the bridge and into Poland.  Zgorzelec and Gorlitz were once one town but after WW II the river became the border between Germany and Poland.  So we spent some time wandering around Zgorzelec.  It seems so sad compared with Gorlitz.  We walked up the hill to the Ministry of Kulture and into the building.  The exterior of the building is lovely and the stained glass dome inside was so pretty.  There didn't seem to be anything or anyone in the building except a woman who sort of directed us to the bathroom upstairs.  The building was so empty that when we walked around you could hear our footsteps echoing throughout.  It is too bad that the building isn't really used for something cultural like art.  It would be a beautiful museum.

In celebration of my birthday yesterday, we are attending a German production of My Fair Lady at the local theater tonight.  It was an unexpected surprise - a very professional cast and performance.  The performance was in German but if you know the story you can follow along very nicely.  And the music is universal.
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