Leipzig

Trip Start Apr 04, 2008
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Trip End Jul 01, 2008


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Monday, June 9, 2008

Monday 9
The drive to Leipzig was good on the smooth three-lane autobahn.  The only trouble is there are so many large trucks to negotiate.  The scenery was essentially field after field of green wheat.    
 
Our studio apartment about 10 kms from the centre of town was clean, new and fresh and the beds were comfortable.   You could feel the building shudder as the trams went by but it wasn't enough to keep me awake after 8 hours on the road. 
 
One of the most interesting things we did in Leipzig was go to the modern history museum to see the Division, Resistance, Dictatorship exhibition.  It covered the period from the end of WWII to today. I had no idea that after the war the Russians used the German concentration camps to incarcerate Nazi members and anybody opposing them.  Tens of thousands of more lives were lost in the same concentration camps.   The exhibition showed what life was like under the communists and how the Stasi made life so difficult.  It also chronicled the uprisings and demonstrations.  We saw a section of the Berlin wall and watched some videos of the wall coming down and people pouring across the border.
 
There is a lot of construction work in the centre of town around the town hall so we weren't able to take any photos.  As in any European town it has its town hall and town square.  A lot of the buildings are new and alternate with the older ones that weren't destroyed during the war.  While Leipzig is nothing to write home about (disregarding this blog) it is a very pleasant city that reminds us in some ways of Brisbane; or maybe we are just getting homesick.   
 
Wednesday 11
 
Just over an hours drive had us in Quedlinburg; a pretty town with its half timbered buildings and its lovely leaf covered town hall. It is easy to walk around and very peaceful. 
 
We went on the tourist tram and although we couldn't understand a word it was nice to see a lot of the houses.  Some of them look quite rickety and are leaning in toward each other.  The oldest we saw was 1400s. 
 
We had lunch in a pub where the main dishes were very cheap and Danny decided that sausage and sauerkraut is his favourite German dish
 
Thursday 12
Wittenburg is also a nice town with a market square and some nice pastel coloured buildings.  There was a church spire with some big writing around the base but as the tourist office was closed we are none the wiser as to what it means.  There is a small stream that flows through the town.  The six inches of water is directed through the streets in open stone channels.
 
From there we went to Worlitz park.  It is a huge park which is advertised as a garden but is actually just a large park with a huge lake, lots of walking paths and a lot of bridges over the lake tributaries.  We enjoyed the walk and the fauna.  We came across three downy cygnets and three cute red squirrels that were foraging for food on the path.    
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