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.)
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.
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.