Sat 1 Jun 13 60 °F
we left Dresden about 6:30 this morning and moved to Meissen. This is
another cute little town in Saxony. Around 1708, an alchemist in
Dresden developed the formula for producing porcelain. This was the
first European production of porcelain. To this point European royals
were buying lots of porcelain from Asia, so local production was a
August the Strong used an abandoned castle to set up a facility for
production. The good alchemist was kept in 'protective custody' for
many years [how's that for motivation?]. The Meissen factory stayed in
the castle for about 100 years; then they moved into the town itself.
We toured the factory [saw demos of the various processes] and went
through their museum [featuring pieces from over the last 300 years].
The stuff is beautiful, and the prices were huge; not a lot of
purchases made by our group. We walked around the town from the top of
the town where the old palace is located, down into the town center.
Another very cute town [much, much smaller than Dresden]. Like
Dresden, this is a place that was in serious disrepair after the war;
they have done a lot of repair of old buildings and the town is really
coming back into its own.
This afternoon we have moved down to Torgau. The cruise director is
going to take us on a walk around town after dinner [about 9 PM]. I am
not expecting a whole lot.
It has been another overcast day with light rain. I think the temp
might have reached 60, but not a pleasant day. We are trying to be
optimistic, but the weather has certainly not been nice.
I have been updating my distribution list this afternoon. I am going
to send out another msg in a few minutes to see if anyone got dropped