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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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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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May 1, 2014 - Day 29 – Thursday 1 May – Munich to Leipzig

Today we had our longest train trip being from Munich to Leipzig taking 6 hours. I know I have said it before but Train travel has been so good. We had a 5 minute walk from our hotel, waited for the train departure of about 15 minutes, we had a booth with spacious leather seats, a table and huge window, very fast internet access, really great countryside, and only about 4 stops. For morning tea and lunch we went down to the dining car for a la carte meals. We had time to update Facebook and journal and message the girls and we even did a...

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Jun 25, 2012 - Leipzig

Our next major destination after Frankfurt was Berlin. However, since it was a 375 mile trip, we decided to select a city about halfway between the two. The city we selected was Leipzig as it seemed to offer the most in terms of hotels, cultural and historic attractions, dining and shopping. Photos 1,2,3 Leipzig is not only one of Germany’s leading commercial towns, it is a center of culture and learning. It is the home of the German national library and is proud that Johann Sebastian Bach was a past choirmaster of the Thomanerchor Boys’...

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Germany 2012

Dec 20, 2011 - On to Leipzig

We were doing a short drive today to get to Leipzig. Based on what we've read about Leipzig and Dresden (the next destination), we decided to do one day in Leipzig and two in Dresden. My cold was getting worse, and I had enough energy to do a bit, but not too much when we got there. The weather was overcast and cold, and there were a few spits of snow. Once again, though, we thank the weather gods for not giving us the winter Europe had last year. We have just a few more days to go to have dodged a "snow bullet." The drive to Leipzig was...

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Sep 28, 2011 - Goodbye Austria...hello Germany

Vienna...the city of music, the seat of the once powerful Hofburg ruling powers, is a bustling, modern city. We walked through a busy street market, with colorful fruit and vegetable stands, bread and pastry shops, meat and fish markets, stalls with jams and jellies, cheese shops, clothing and scarf shops, and touristy trinkets. Gene bought some unusual cheese and I bought an apple cinnamon roll iced pastry for our lunch picnic later. Then on to the old city area. First, to the Albertina Art Museum where I saw three more Monets and a number...

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Jul 1, 2011 - Back in more familiar territory

From Wroclaw I attempted an early start for the border only to discover I had a broken spoke before I'd even left the hotel. Must have been the cobbles on the way in. I replaced it, but once on the road found I had gear problems. I knew the chain would need replacing eventually but it had gone from slipping once every couple of days to being virtually unusable in a few miles. I had no option but to stop at Legnica, I guessed the last major city in Poland with bikeshops. It was Sunday so I couldn't get a replacement immediately, and so I had...

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Reboot Tour 2011

May 25, 2010 - Leipzig

After another generous breakfast we left for Dresden. Located along the Elbe river it is a center for fine art and china. It is the home of the “Frauenkirche” (Cathedral of our Lady) occasionally referred to as “The Lutheran St. Peter’s”. Reflecting Lutheran theology, the church’s altar, chancel and baptismal font are in clear view of the congregation. It too was destroyed by the Allies who on Feb 13/14, in 1945 firebombed the entire city. This was a controversial action at the time because Dresden was not strategically important and had no...

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Our Germany Trip

Dec 25, 2009 - Christmas in Germany

12/25/2009 7:28 pm Depart Facility Leipzig, Germany 1:22 am Processed at DHL Location. Leipzig, Germany 1:08 am Transit through DHL facility Leipzig, Germany What a lonely Christmas day, on my own in a very cold Leipzig. An overnight flight to the US cheers me up somewhat.

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Jun 22, 2006 - Leipzig, karaoke time

I had a really great time in this smaller city which used to be a part of the old East Germany, it was a short 2-day stop and I only went for the football match I was going to there but it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable visits I have had so far and the reason for this is the amazingly friendly, welcoming and generally legendary local people I met. I arrived after a relatively short journey from Berlin and made my way to the hostel, it was a fair way out of town and the rules there made me feel like the Iron Curtain was still up-...

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Mar 6, 2006 - Catching up with Katja, Leipzig

Well, I finally made it back to Leipzig to catch up with Katja! On the 3 March I flew to Altenburg, near Leipzig. It had snowed heavily as you can see from the airport photo. I made my way to Leipzig by bus, then caught a train to Delitzsch where I was met by Katja and we drove to her parents initially before heading back in to Leipzig to go to the flat she shares with her boyfriend, Enne. I first met Katja last February when she stayed on my couch in Brisbane for a few days during her trip to Australia. 'Couch surfing'...

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Nov 2, 2005 - Leipzig und Bachiana

We left Torgau with regret, but soon were under the spell of the bucolic German countryside. However, Leipzig is a hell hole, traffic wise. The place was badly bombed out during the late unpleasantness, and 50 years of poverty generating "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" gives it the patina of a long buried egg. There are spots of urban renewal which are quite interesting and not without some beauty. As it happened, it took us an hour to get from the underskirts of the city through the miles and miles of...

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