A (wet) stroll around the city

Trip Start Jun 26, 2011
Trip End Jul 18, 2011

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Today we woke up to pouring rain. No, not in our hotel room (fortunately!), but outside. It was wet, windy & all to British. But we were not going to let a bit of rain dampen our spirits. So after breakfast, we gathered together our coats, caps, shoes & city map & headed out into the centre.

First stop was Starbucks – the closest place for a coffee that wasn't in the station. From there we
moved onto Tourist Information & picked up a “Leipzig City in a Day” guide, then it was into the nearest café (not Starbucks this time) to get out of the rain & plan our route round the city.Somewhat regardless of the rain, we strolled our way around Leipzig, taking in the cultural & history of the place. The city centre is fairly small, just 1 square kilometre, but is packed full of history. We stopped off at Auerbach's Cellar (made famous by Goethe's Faust poetry), admired
Riquet House (which used to house chocolate & oriental goods), and then (just as the heavens opened properly) came to the Nikolai Column. This is a copy of the columns of St Nikolai Church & was erected as a memorial to the peaceful revolution in 1989. The peaceful revolution started on October 9th 1989 in the courtyard outside Nikolai church & were for reforms of the political system. The demonstrators chanted “We are the people” and “No violence” (hence peaceful revolution) and they led to the end of the GDR regime & the unity of Germany. By this point we were soaked, so decided lunch in the nearest café was in order to wait out the downpour.

Post lunch we continued, and thankfully the rained had eased. Our next stop was the City Tower. This tower is the tallest in Leipzig, standing at 142 metres high. From the 29th (top) floor, where there is a restaurant, you can make your way up to the roof for the viewing platform. We paid our 3Euro entrance fee & climbed another 3 flights of stairs to walk out onto the roof. It was high. Very high. But the views (even on a cloudy day like today) were amazing. Whilst Lisa snapped away with her camera, I paid my 1Euro to get a squashed coin souvenir that you can only get up on the roof.

We ventured on, the weather was beginning to brighten up by this point, and after a stroll through
various streets of architectural interest we came to St. Thomas Church - the final resting place of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The final leg of our walk took us to the most famous coffee shop in Leipzig “zum arabischen Coffe Baum” (at the Arabian Coffee Tree), which is the oldest coffee temple outside the Arabian world is located (or so the guidebook tells me!). This coffee museum is a little more hype than substance, but after walking through 3 floors of the house we noticed that the building is on a slant, which we found entertaining! We then strolled along Hainstrasse, which is the oldest street in Leipzig, up to the main station (to get train information for our journey to Dresden tomorrow) and back to the hotel just in time for the France Canada match to kick off.Tonight will see us watching the Germany Nigeria game in our room, packing & resting, as it's not just a travelling day tomorrow, it's game day too! So no blog tomorrow, but you can watch the game either on the red button on BBC or on Eurosport – cheer your hearts out for the girls.Come on England – We Believe!
Big loveS&L xx
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