Tue 28 May 13 - Wed 29 May 13 52 °F
I have gotten lots of notes saying, that the weather will get better.
By yesterday I was thinking that things would never improve. We went
to the national park in Saxon Switzerland [Germany]. A really
beautiful place - it poured!
Last evening we arrived in Dresden. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful
place! We toured the city in the morning and went back into town this
afternoon. JoAnne thinks it has a feel a lot like Paris. I think it is
a jewel, ornate buildings. The Zwinger Palace is a wonder to walk
around in, especially the museum [that features the art works
collected by Augustus the strong [king of Saxony and of Poland]. We
came back to tour the opera house this afternoon and visited the
It rained twice today for short periods, but everyone is carrying
around umbrella and jackets!
Dresden was fire bombed during WWII. This was very controversial [as
there was not real military value to the place]. Then the communist
came after the war and made things worse. Interestingly enough, a lot
of the conservation of the city started under the East German Govt. It
has sped up dramatically since reunification, but it is looking great.
Highly recommend this to anyone coming to Germany, this is also not
far from Prague [the 2 cities would make for a very nice visit.
Tomorrow we travel to Meissen [known for the porcelain] and to Torgu
[where the US and Russian troops met during WWII].
thanks for all the nice notes and please keep thinking of nice weather
for us ...