Trip Start Dec 30, 2011
Trip End Jun 28, 2012

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Flag of Germany  , Saxony,
Monday, January 16, 2012

We have done an awful lot of walking around Dresden, seeing many places. 

We had a tour of the Semper Opera House which was an interesting place to visit. Neither of us really rated the tour, we think it was the tour guides last tour of the day and she was obviously keen to leave (out the door before we were!). The Opera House itself was in my opinion a bit of a fake! While it was very beautiful, with marble floors and columns and wooden panelling, it was all fake! It was actually concrete and plaster, made to look like wood or marble. The opera house burned down many years ago and supposedly when it was rebuilt after the fire, the architect refused to use any wood in the building again. Seeing an opera here would be lovely though.

We also went to the transport museum, where we saw an exhibition about the bombing in Dresden and Coventry during WWII. This too was interesting. The entire city of Dresden was levelled. I can't imagine what it would be like to live through something like that. 

The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is a beautiful church in the middle of Neustadt Market Square.  

The Zwinger Palace was undergoing renovations and the gardens would make the Palace a beautiful place to visit in spring. Nearby we saw a mural on the wall that is made entirely of tiles. It depicts all the Princes of Saxony over time and is 102m long.  
I also bought my first pair of shoes!!!   

For lunch we dined at one of the many Currywurst places that are scattered all over the city. You get a chopped up frankfurt that is drowned in tomato sauce with curry powder sprinkled over the top. Added to this is a serve of chips drowned in mayonnaise. It was a disgusting as it sounds. We must of looked like idiots too as we ate it. At that particular time the snow was driving sideways and from the window where we bought the delicacy there are a few huts where you can stand to eat! There we are standing in the driving snow, eating our lunch when we turned around and saw that you can sit inside in the warmth!

  On our final morning we went and had a tour of the VW factory. Wow was that amazing! The whole factory smelt like a new car, there was very little noise and no mess. The mechanics all wore white overalls! The entire floor of the factory is made out of wooden floorboards in a beech colour, except one small section where the car are test driven for the first time. The wooden floorboards here are a darker cherry colour (in case the tyres mark the floors when they are driven!!). If you buy a car from here, the client may opt to accompany the car around the factory from start to finish and watch each part be assembled. All the mechanics have high communication skills in order to explain and answer any questions the client may have about each individual process! To build one car, it takes about 4-5 days from start to finish.

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abbeyn on

Took you bloody long enough to buy shoes!!

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