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Jul 14, 2018 - MotoGP - qualifying

The circuit is only an hours drive from the hotel, so we got there in plenty of time to watch qualifying for a few classes in the Rossi stand. The atmosphere in the stand was amazing and this was only qualifying. Tomorrow is going to be something else!

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Europe by Bentley

Jun 28, 2018 - Along the Elbe River

Dresden lies on the Elbe River which is about 650 miles long, runs through several countries and is one of the major rivers in Europe. Viking Cruise Lines runs small ships on the river. In Dresden, there are state-run steam boats and trams that connect to some of the popular villages along the river. One of these villages along the river is called Meissen - world renowned for manufacturing high-quality porcelain. It once belonged to King Augustus the Strong of Saxony and is now state-owned. Since we have never seen a porcelain factory, we...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Historic Green Vault

We visited the Historic Green Vault Museum located in what was once Dresden’s Royal Palace. Well, it wasn’t a vault like the name implies, but rather nine rooms that house some of the most stunning and lavish collection of objects dating back to the 13th century. (There is also a museum in the same building called the New Green Vault but the treasures there are newer – dating back to the 1700s, not the 1300s) It was Augustus the Strong, the ruler of Saxony beginning in 1697, who had built most of the palaces in Dresden. The historic green...

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Jun 20, 2018 - An Intro to Dresden's Neustadt

We are now in Dresden. It is the capital of the state of Saxony and lies along the Elbe River. Dresden has two very distinct sections – Neustadt (New town) and Altstadt (Old town). Altstadt is where most of the museums and ornate buildings are located and where all the tour buses stop. Neustadt is considered the alternative, quirky section. We got to explore outer Neustadt in a unique way by attending a festival called BRN. The festival was billed as an “alternative” festival so we weren’t sure what to expect. The web site was very vague...

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Dec 13, 2017 - Dresden & Christmas markets

Given we planned meeting with George and Pia in Dresden about 8 months ago when we were still at home, it seems impossible that the visit has now come and gone. It was also interesting to us that seeing them felt like we were just running into them in Pender Harbour, not SIX months ago! I think that is what friendship is all about? Dresden is a beautiful old city that has been completely rebuilt after the Allied forces bombed it to bits in 1945. Looking at the lovely churches, palaces and other stately buildings, it is hard to believe all...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Slaughterhouse 5 - A Cautionary Tale

Welcome - I'm a big fan of civilization. I believe that a Beethoven symphony, played by a full orchestra, is mankind's highest achievement. Of course there's penicillin, a dependable water supply, indoor plumbing, Vanderbilt University, vaccines, the Humanities, Swiss trains ... Oh, and duct tape. Civilization is fragile. Just ask the people of Dresden, Coventry, Nagasaki. Neither was significantly involved in their country's war effort. So the victims were civilian men, women, children. For Dresden a thousand years of civilization ended...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Nuremberg

Today we visited several sites associated with the Nuremberg Trials, all housed within the city's enormous courthouse complex. Called the Palace of Justice, this structure includes a museum detailing the Nuremberg Trials, and still houses several working courtrooms. The most famous of these is Courtroom 600, where German leaders were prosecuted and sentenced for their crimes against humanity. The Palace of Justice was chosen to host these trials b/c it was primarily unaffected by wartime bombing, it held a large prison complex, and the long...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Dresden

Greetings from lovely Dresden where we have just spent 3 interesting days, and are now en route to Wurzburg via a few hours in Leipzig. Although severely bombed towards the end of WW11 the buildings have been extensively restored or rebuilt along the original plans. It’s the fourth largest city in Germany with a regional population of about 1 million. Also one of the greenest cities in Europe with about 68% green cover. It's on the banks of the Elbe River which separates the “new town” or right bank where we stayed from the “old town” or...

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Pam's Europe 2016

Jul 23, 2016 - Dreamy Dresden

It's been an exciting day entirely in Dresden. I wasn't too sure what to expect. Everything was destroyed in WWII leaving a city of rubble. Then they spent the years up until 1990 and reunification as part of East Germany. There are still some of the old grey, Soviet-style utilitarian buildings but evidently it was all that way. Since reunification, it is amazing what it's become. We went on a city tour this morning and she referred to it as "the jewel of the Elbe" but also "Florence on the Elbe." After we completed our tour, one of our...

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Berlin to Budapest

Jul 22, 2016 - Destination Dresden

It was an early start with loading the bus at 8:00 and leaving luggage ready to go by 7:30 this morning plus getting in a good breakfast. It all went well and we managed to have slow going on our way out of Berlin due to traffic. Eventually we got on the Autobahn and had some smooth riding on our way to Wittenberg. Wittenberg means "white mountain" and that is a misnomer. It is some of the flattest terrain to see. In fact, we passed a lot of windmills built to take advantage of the winds. These aren't your old Dutch type windmills but the...

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Berlin to Budapest

Jul 25, 2015 - Dresden

Uh-Oh...I may have shopped a little too much in Prague. I weighed my suitcase and apparently travel sweat and dirt makes your clothes heavier and I just had to have that one last souvenir. I am about 5 pounds over weight. I am going to try repacking everything a little differently when we arrive in Berlin and if I can't get it to the magic number of 50lbs I may have to run out and buy another carry on! We left Dresden about two hours ago after a brief visit. We stayed long enough to have a delicious lunch and walk around the very pretty...

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Sep 21, 2014 - Dresden

Eleanora and I opted to use the Hop on Hop Off bus today but stayed on it for the whole trip as the rain came down in the morning although we'd walked into the centre dry. With English commentary it gave us a better idea of Dresden, its suburbs and significant buildings. Some areas have very up market homes surrounded by gardens which were not affected by the bombing. I need to read,up on the bombing and the reason for the destruction of the historic town as it occurred in the Feb of 1945 and the Red Army occupied the city in March. All...

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