Inspirational City - Favourite so far

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

Flag of Germany  , Saxony,
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hey Guys, We have had a wonderful time in Leipzig. I think it is one of our favourite places so far! In addition to being a hugely significant city musically this has been one of the most beautiful places that we have seen so far.

We arrived midday on Saturday and straight away started off on a bit of a Music Trail visiting the famous places that we have studied about. First stop was the Mendelssohn House. Amazing to think back to Columba times when I played the Mendelssohn Trio and to now find myself sitting in Mendelssohn's own private salon where he gave chamber music concerts with friends. We went straight on from there to the Schumann House where Robert and Clara Schumann lived when they were first married. This house also had a lovely salon where to this today, chamber music concerts regularly occur. We then dropped by the Wagner memorial in the middle town.

We had a great room in our Leipzig Hotel, really big with room for a table and chairs and a little kitchenette. No air conditioning, so it was VERY hot and hard to sleep. We bought some salad and ham and cheese and had a do-it-yourself dinner in the hotel then spent some time reading our books.

Next morning was one of the highlights of the trip. We went to the Bach Museum, St Thomas’ church and the Nikolai Church, all the places where Bach lived and worked. In the Museum they had an old organ console that Bach had played on as well as manuscripts of lots of famous pieces. I was particularly interested in the cantatas which I spent a whole year studying for my finals at University. Tom loved the fact that we were so close to where Bach had worked, composed and played music. The churches were huge and so inspiring to be in. The Nikolai church was particularly beautiful and ornate inside.

In the afternoon we saw the Alte Rathaus (Old Townhall) and the Stasi Museum. Temperatures were getting pretty high (about 33 degrees) so by this stage we were really hot! The Stasi museum had been largely kept in its original condition (no changes in décor etc.) apparently some people have said that it still smells the same as it did when it was used by the secret police. After spending time in the museum we headed for the central square to get a cold drink and spend a bit more time reading our books. Home for another salad dinner.

Had a wonderful time here and would love to visit again. Internet connections at the moment are pretty bad and it took AGES to load these photos. We will load the rest when we get a chance, but here is a taster!




Lots of Love,

T&E

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Comments

Glenda Kimpton on

It is a real blessing to be able to read your entries, party on over there guys it sounds amazing - we are praying for you both!

Jessica Shields on

nice one!! interesting that the heat actually becomes a bit of a limiting factor in travelling - you get so tired with heat exhaustion you don't want to do much. nice to hear you're counteracting this with relaxing :)

Dorothy Johnston on

Just wonderful reading of your travels. The names and the composers that we have studied and played their music. Take care of yourselves in the heat . Love you both.

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