We are just back to our apartment in Dresden after spending a very full day in Altstadt Centre.  

We started with a delightful breakfast, Dresden style, created by Clay and Tif.  Our Airbnb host also provides fresh fruit and bread daily.  

Catching the bus to the city center, we got off one stop early so that we could walk along the river and cross the Augustus Bridge on foot.

Once across the river, we walked to The Zwinger, the palace complex of the Saxons.

We walked around the palace garden and after securing steaming cups of hot tea, walked around the terrace on top of the palace.  The bells chimed the hour and played a tune as we shuffled in and out of the many student groups touring today.

We walked past the opera house and Furstenzug mosaic toward the Christmas Market.

When rounding the corner, we heard music and followed the sound to find a brass quintet playing under the bridge.  We listened to several festive pieces.

There are several markets within the town proper; one of our favorites was the Stallhof which offered more medieval booths and wares.  Two Bavarian sheepskins may be coming home with us.

Cameron and Michael enjoyed the exhibit of the Gems of the Green Vault while the rest of us toured the Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, an art museum.

My favorite room was the collection of paintings of Dresden by Bernardo Bellotto.

The gong of the docent sent us scurrying outside…

When we exited the museum, it was snowing!

Another walk through the Christmas market led us to dinner and a plate of cookies to enjoy back at the apartment.  

Tomorrow we head for Poland!

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