Trip Start Feb 04, 2012
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It was with some excitement that I departed Hofgarten 1824 this morning, Dresden has been a city that I have been looking forward to for some time. Thel 15 minute walk along the ice covered river to the old part of the city was made even better with The Dresden Dolls playing on my iPod (I thought it was appropriate)....
That was all I managed to write last night before I decided to take a "nap" which ended up lasting 5 hours. Can I still blame it on jet lag or have I aged 50 years since getting into Europe? Anyway continuing on...I reached the other side of the river and walked around the city for about an hour. It is amazing how well it had been reconstructed after the five air raids between the 13th and 15th February 1945 reduced it to a pile of rubble. I reached the Frauenkirche at about 11.55am and decided that exploring the interior would give my face, hands and feet some much needed respite from the cold. Almost the second I passed over the threshold a man thrust a piece of paper into my hand and gestured towards an empty seat murmuring something in German as he did so. Taken off guard I promptly sat down and watched as a pastor walked up the front. Of course I had managed to walk into a church service. As a general rule I don't enjoy listening to church services because as a non religious person I don't really understand them or feel that I am able to participate and a German service was no exception. It was incredibly confusing but I walking out seemed very rude and I therefore sat through the entire 45 minutes. Afterwards a woman took the microphone and began to give a 15 minute lecture on the history of the church in German and again I didn't wish to leave in case it caused offence.
Once I had left the church I went on the hunt for lunch. According to a certain individual I am close to leaving Germany without trying some of the local food is very good form so I sought out a restaurant suggested in Trip Advisor by the name of Coselpalis-Restaurant und Grand Cafe an der Frauenkirche. There I ordered suckling pig, potato dumplings and sauerkraut. The pig and potatoes were very tasty but the sauerkraut did not agree with my tastbuds at all. I will not be trying it again. Blerg. With a full belly I continued with my exploration of the city and decided to mix things up a bit with a visit to the Albertinum Museum which contains an impressive collection of Neue Meister art and plaster statues including 'The Thinker'. I enjoyed the sculpture hall the most but the extensive galleries were also thought provoking. As usual there were pieces which I had no appreciation for such as two large canvases one painted yellow and the other purple (yay?) but the vast majority of the art was of a high standard. I even saw some Monet and Picasso.
It was late afternoon by the time I had seen the museum and the sun was beginning to dip below the horizon. Even though I was walking quickly I did not managed to get back to my room before the sun had set and my god it was freezing. On the bright side the sunset was beautiful.
Until next time,