2. Weihnachtstag in Dresden

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I haven’t seen a blue sky like that in awhile. Driving down to Dresden was an eerie journey through Caspar David Friedrich-ish fog. I wasn’t convinced about the weather report until we hit the city limits and got blinded by the sun.

There was only one Christmas market still open which was a bit like Moscow around the glühwein stand with a few Italians thrown in.

At the Semper Oper, they wanted to charge anyone who took pictures a 2€ fee. I’m still trying to understand this one. I see the Semper Oper every time I turn on the television. Both the exterior and interior… except there’s a Radeberger logo and a bottle of beer superimposed on top of it. So why do visitors have to pay for the privilege of taking photos of a reconstruction of a reconstruction made up of imitation wood and marble (sans Radeberger logo)?

Other than that, the tour was pretty interesting. The weather was lovely even if it was cold. We ended the day trip with a concert in the Frauenkirche, which included unseen sopranos singing from the top floors, the organ!, strings, flute, a harp, and a harpsichord. I think it may have been a bit too much Holy Spirit for one of the audience members because there were some strange noises and then an ambulance drove up as we were leaving the church.

I’ve been wanting to go to Dresden for awhile now. Not on a gee, I always wanted to visit Dresden tip but more on a well, I’m so far east anyway and it’s only 2 hours deal. So it was pretty much the perfect Christmas gift, especially if this is, as I’ve been saying for the past 3 trips, my last trip before she eventually pops out.  Eh, guess I’ll be back in Wittenberg in a couple of weeks… so maybe not.

2 Comments

  1. Rezwan said,

    Tuesday 2 January 2007 at 3:20 pm

    I drove to Dresden on the 29th and the fog was really freaky. The chilly weather cut short our stay. But Dresden has something in it which compels one to return there again.

  2. sattva said,

    Wednesday 3 January 2007 at 11:36 am

    We were also surprised at how cold it was but had the same conclusion… definitely a plan for the spring/summer🙂


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