Waaayyy off the beaten path

Trip Start Mar 18, 2012
Trip End Apr 25, 2012

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Flag of Germany  , Saxony,
Sunday, April 1, 2012

We made it back to Germany today via the train.  We are staying a week in Saxony in the former East Germany (DDR).  We have a REALLY cool apartment in the outskirts of Chemnitz, an old industrial city known as Karl-Marx Stadt during the DDR times.  This part of Germany is experiencing a depopulation as the younger generation moves to bigger cities in search of employment.  Chemnitz is not necessarily a place one thinks of for vacations; I chose it because it is central to a lot of castles, the Erzgebirge region that had a lot of old mines in the 1600s (very historic) and also near Dresden which has many old churches (or at least ones that have been reconstructed historically after the city was destroyed in WWII).  Because of the hard economics, it is a relative bargain for travellers.

We are in the coolest apartment; it is the entire upper floor of a house in a suburban neighbourhood with creaky wooden floors and lots of rooms and little tiny side rooms under the dormers where I can stash Jerry when he gets too annoying (or vice versa).  Nice new wood furniture to match the wooden doors on each room.  The couple that own the house are our age and from Bulgaria; they have been here 22 years and are very nice and accommodating.  We didn't do too much today other than travel by subway to the main train station in Prague, take a train from Prague to Dresden (about 3 hours travel time), then take the S-Bahn (local train) to the airport where we picked up our rental car.  From Dresden airport, it was maybe a 45 minute drive to here.  Unpacked, rested, enjoyed some of the complimentary sparkling wine from our hosts and then went to a totally cool OLD Gasthof (restaurant that also offers rooms-I think the nearest equivilent in English is an Inn).  Out in the countryside, no Engish menu so I am really glad that my German is really not that bad since I could read the menu and order with no problems.  I enjoyed "Oma's Sonntagbraten" (Grandma's Sunday Roast) and Jerry had "Koppelzaun" or "[farm animal] pen fence" which was tender pork ribs; all served with delicious sides of potato dumplings (2 very large home made dumpling the size of a tennis ball with some meat in it) and some sauerkraut for Jerry and mix of parsley/red cabbage kraut for me-washed down with good beer on tap for me and Spezi for Jerry which is cola mixed with lemonade.  I also enjoyed an old style herb liqueur for a digestiv afterward.

No pictures to share except for our lodgings; I think a true bargain for 35 Euro a night; about $50 US for 2 bedrooms, kitchen, dining room with view, private bathroom and several smaller nooks behind doors where a family could easily sleep children. No washing machine but our hosts said we could use their machine when we need too. We also have Satellite TV in the living room and bedroom; I am going to enjoy this!
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ck on

Loved strolling in Prague with you! Great art nouveau buildings and views from the tower...and of course, loved the Dancing Buildings! Snow??? I love your apartment in Chemnitz...so cool!

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