HOT weather, gorgeous city

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
Trip End Aug 23, 2013

Flag of Germany  , Saxony,
Monday, July 22, 2013

I think this may have been our hottest weather yet! The afternoon we arrived it was sweltering, so much so that we couldn't do much more than collapse in our air-conditioned room for an hour's nap! We have got to the stage where we feel like we are pros at visiting cities and getting a feel for them. We headed out to explore the old town once the temperatures lowered (closer to 30 degrees!). We visited several beautiful churches including the Frauenkirch and a church called the Kreutzkirche or The Church of the Cross. It is so named as around 1200AD it was apparently given a fragment of the cross the Jesus was crucified on.

The story of Dresden as a city, like so many of the places that we have visited in Germany, is shaped by the events of the second world war. Towards the end of the war in early 1945 there was an allied bombing raid on Dresden in which the city was effectively flattened to the ground. Almost everything we saw was new, but beautifully built, recreating a lot of the feeling of the old town. The churchs were almost completely destroyed and in some of our photos you will see that the original building only survived to a height of around 2 metres and everything above that is reconstructed.

We walked along the Bruehl Terrace, a lively spot along the edge of the Elbe river. There was lots of tourists and also lots of little stalls selling icecream and souvenirs. We then went into the huge Catholic Church and were impressed with the size of the interior - our photo doesn't really capture how big it was!

Later in the evening we opted for a light, shared, salad platter with some German meats and cheeses for dinner. We spent some more time reading our books while we ate (I've finished 3 now!).

On our second day we ventured across to the other side of the Elbe river into the newer area of town. We spent most of the day wandering through the busy streets and markets just soaking up the atmosphere.

We then boarded a train to Prague which took several hours and was incredibly hot and humid! Arriving in Prague this afternoon has been hugely exciting. The city has a real buzz to it and feels like a completely different country with spiralling turrets rising up above the city skyline. Compared to Germany and Northern Europe food and drink seems to be incredibly cheap here! We have got an amazing 3-roomed-suite which includes not only big dressing wardrobes but a bath and a piano (not sure how we managed that!). We are really excited about exploring the city tomorrow.

Lots of love,



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Kate Price on

It's so great following your travels and getting to hear what you are up to guys! Looks amazing- can't wait to hear about Praha :)

Jessica Shields on

hey guys! nice work on the blog entries, it's so nice to be following you guys (almost like being there again myself). back on this side of the world I'm heading off to Wellington for the weekend, and James has an injured wrist so we're hoping to get that sorted out. it seems to be getting warmer here but I don't want to get my hopes up just yet. love the bright colourful flower dress emz, you looked like summer :)

Dorothy Johnston on

You don't mention Dresden China. What a marvellous time you are having

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