I’m enjoying a full mug of hot kaffee in our Dresden apartment.  This is a lovely city.  My mom told me that this was one of her favorite spots in Germany and not to miss it.  I have to say, she was right (again).

We had an enjoyable train ride through the countryside from Berlin to Dresden.  Tif and I knitted on the trip; me knitting socks and Tif knitting mittens.  We shared and sampled delicious pastries purchased by Cameron and Michael for the trip.  We sang a bit of “Hot Chocolate” from The Polar Express when the agent punched our tickets.  (I’m sure they get that a lot here.  Maybe not.) 

After locating our apartment and our first trip over the magnificent Elbe River bridge, my family indulged my love for yarn and walked with me to Nach Strick und Faden.

It is a sweet yarn shop with a most helpful shopkeeper and a wide selection of German yarns and notions.  I chose two skeins (a Zauberball and Wollmeise) and an Addi 9-inch circular needle.  

Next, we hopped on board the bus and headed for the main square.  Again, the view of the city coming across the river is breathtaking.  After a luncheon of potato soup and pretzels, we walked to Dresden Frauenkriche, The Church of Our Lady, rebuilt in 2003.  All of Dresden was decimated in WW2.  Recovered stone used in the new church is easy to see because it was blackened by the bombing and fire.  

I am so thankful that several in our group insisted that we take the tour up the dome of the church.  So thankful.  

We watched the sun set over Dresden from the dome.

Once down from the dome of the iconic church, we wandered into the Christmas Market.  We quickly found a warm fire and steaming cups of Gluhwein.  We also found more Springerle molds!  Wandering carolers and horse drawn wagons passed by.  The church bells rang at 6:00 pm.  

We once again got the chance to talk to several interesting folks and especially enjoyed a chat with the merry-go-round operator and woodworker, who hosted the fire we sat around.  Alexander gave us a German’s perspective of Dresden history and it was fascinating.  

This is our happy place.


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