HOT weather, gorgeous city
Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
18Trip End Aug 23, 2013
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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
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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