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Jul 14, 2018 - MotoGP - qualifying

The circuit is only an hours drive from the hotel, so we got there in plenty of time to watch qualifying for a few classes in the Rossi stand. The atmosphere in the stand was amazing and this was only qualifying. Tomorrow is going to be something else!

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Jul 3, 2018 - Leipzig

We dedicated five days for Leipzig and as we near the end of our stay it was enough time. As we did in Berlin and Paris, we took a walking tour to get a feel for the city center. Just like Dresden and Berlin, nearly the entire old city center of Leipzig has been rebuilt primarily after reunification. The architecture is quite impressive however most of the rebuilt buildings are shopping malls, high-end standalone shops and restaurants. We are taking about major shopping! There are at least three malls within the center of Leipzig that...

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Jun 28, 2018 - Along the Elbe River

Dresden lies on the Elbe River which is about 650 miles long, runs through several countries and is one of the major rivers in Europe. Viking Cruise Lines runs small ships on the river. In Dresden, there are state-run steam boats and trams that connect to some of the popular villages along the river. One of these villages along the river is called Meissen - world renowned for manufacturing high-quality porcelain. It once belonged to King Augustus the Strong of Saxony and is now state-owned. Since we have never seen a porcelain factory, we...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Historic Green Vault

We visited the Historic Green Vault Museum located in what was once Dresden’s Royal Palace. Well, it wasn’t a vault like the name implies, but rather nine rooms that house some of the most stunning and lavish collection of objects dating back to the 13th century. (There is also a museum in the same building called the New Green Vault but the treasures there are newer – dating back to the 1700s, not the 1300s) It was Augustus the Strong, the ruler of Saxony beginning in 1697, who had built most of the palaces in Dresden. The historic green...

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Jun 20, 2018 - An Intro to Dresden's Neustadt

We are now in Dresden. It is the capital of the state of Saxony and lies along the Elbe River. Dresden has two very distinct sections – Neustadt (New town) and Altstadt (Old town). Altstadt is where most of the museums and ornate buildings are located and where all the tour buses stop. Neustadt is considered the alternative, quirky section. We got to explore outer Neustadt in a unique way by attending a festival called BRN. The festival was billed as an “alternative” festival so we weren’t sure what to expect. The web site was very vague...

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Dec 13, 2017 - Dresden & Christmas markets

Given we planned meeting with George and Pia in Dresden about 8 months ago when we were still at home, it seems impossible that the visit has now come and gone. It was also interesting to us that seeing them felt like we were just running into them in Pender Harbour, not SIX months ago! I think that is what friendship is all about? Dresden is a beautiful old city that has been completely rebuilt after the Allied forces bombed it to bits in 1945. Looking at the lovely churches, palaces and other stately buildings, it is hard to believe all...

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Oct 17, 2017 - A Musical Interlude

"Without music life would be a mistake." Nietzsche, 1889. Welcome - Leipzig is a comfortable city. Wake up, stroll into Zentrum, grab a bagel with lox at Bagel Brothers. Continue your stroll. Johann Sebastian Bach is buried at Thomaskirche. Other musicians - Robert and Clara Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Grieg, Wagner, various Bach progeny - also contributed to Leipzig being one of Europe's great music capitals. It is currently petitioning to become UNESCO's first World Heritage Music Site. Can Mississippi's Blues Trail be far behind? There...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Slaughterhouse 5 - A Cautionary Tale

Welcome - I'm a big fan of civilization. I believe that a Beethoven symphony, played by a full orchestra, is mankind's highest achievement. Of course there's penicillin, a dependable water supply, indoor plumbing, Vanderbilt University, vaccines, the Humanities, Swiss trains ... Oh, and duct tape. Civilization is fragile. Just ask the people of Dresden, Coventry, Nagasaki. Neither was significantly involved in their country's war effort. So the victims were civilian men, women, children. For Dresden a thousand years of civilization ended...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Meissen

We left Dresden today bound for Berlin. Along the way, we stopped in the small town of Meissen, sometimes called the "cradle of Saxony" because of its early settlement as a German town in 929 AD. Here, we visited the Royal Porcelain Factory, the source of the world's first high-quality porcelain outside of the Far East. King Frederick II of Prussian established this factory in 1763, and Meissen has been producing world-class porcelain china ever since. The actual town of Meissen was also a walk into the medieval past. Blessed with crisp air...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Nuremberg

Today we visited several sites associated with the Nuremberg Trials, all housed within the city's enormous courthouse complex. Called the Palace of Justice, this structure includes a museum detailing the Nuremberg Trials, and still houses several working courtrooms. The most famous of these is Courtroom 600, where German leaders were prosecuted and sentenced for their crimes against humanity. The Palace of Justice was chosen to host these trials b/c it was primarily unaffected by wartime bombing, it held a large prison complex, and the long...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Romantic Rothenburg

Following the romantic road south our next stop was the town of Rothenburg. We have seen many amazing things on our travels including mountains, temples and beaches but Rothenburg will go down as the most beautiful town we have been to. It can trace it's history back many hundreds of years but what is remarkable about it and unlike so many other places is that the old town where 2,500 people still live looks like it would have done some 500 years ago. Our hotel was situated just inside the old city walls and thus we had a great base to...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Dresden

Greetings from lovely Dresden where we have just spent 3 interesting days, and are now en route to Wurzburg via a few hours in Leipzig. Although severely bombed towards the end of WW11 the buildings have been extensively restored or rebuilt along the original plans. It’s the fourth largest city in Germany with a regional population of about 1 million. Also one of the greenest cities in Europe with about 68% green cover. It's on the banks of the Elbe River which separates the “new town” or right bank where we stayed from the “old town” or...

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