After visiting Görlitz we loaded back into the car and drove the short 45 minutes into the heart of Dresden, Germany. Fox's new "thing" is to not wear a shirt so he doesn't get "too hot" and have his exorcism tantrums. Whatever buddy, you're so funny.
The key to my hotel happiness is having a separate room for the kids to sleep. That way we can put them to bed and have a couple of hours to ourselves to wind down and watch shows. Sorry kids, love ya to pieces! But mommy and daddy need mommy and daddy time :)
Plus, and this was just the icing on a ginormous chocolate fudge cake, they had a HUGE playroom! All Fox wanted to do was play here our entire vacation, so it was hard to pull him away, but the pros definitely outweighed the cons.
After getting settled we walked down the street to a little bakery and got some dinner.
I had a sandwich and the kids split a brat and fried potatoes.
Goodnight Dresden! Can't wait to explore!
Ornate lamp posts everywhere. Details up close of the Opera House.
Across the square from the Opera House is the Hofkirche. All the buildings in this square are thoroughly reconstructed. The originals were destroyed on that night in February 1945 by Allied bombings. Only walls and sometimes just foundations were left standing.
For more than 60 years Dresden has been rebuilding.
Cute from far, but far from cute statues! Creepy!
Hello pretty buildings!
We made it inside!
The kids were being particularly unruly... we don't last in museums very long.
Pictures inside weren't allowed so these are from the internet, just so you can see how over-the-top this collection is!:
The Katholiche Hofkirche.
Why does Dresden, a stronghold of local boy Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation, boast such a beautiful Catholic cathedral? When Augustus the Strong died, his son wanted to continue as king of Poland, like his father. The pope would allow it only if Augustus Junior built a Catholic church in Dresden. Now the mere 5% of locals who are Catholic get to enjoy this fine church. Somehow we missed going inside here... Next time!
The statue of Martin Luther shows him holding not just any bible, but the German version that he personally translated so that regular people could wrestle with it directly - basically what the Protestant Reformation was all about. Toppled in the bombings, Luther has been cleaned up and back on his feet again. | And here I am in front of the towering Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady - every city has one :) ) that dominates the Neumarkt.
This church is the symbol and soul of Dresden. When completed in 1743 this was Germany's tallest Protestant church (310 feet high). Its unique central-stone-cupola design gave it the nickname "the stone bell." While it's a great church, this building garners the world's attention primarily because of its tragic history and phoenix-like resurrection: On the night of February 13, 1945, the firebombs came. When the smoke cleared the next morning, the Frauenkircke was smoldering but still standing. It burned for two days before finally collapsing. After the war the Frauenkirche was left a pile of rubble and turned into a peace monument. Only after reunification was the decision made to rebuild it completely and painstakingly following carefully considered guidelines: rebuild true to the original design; use as much of the original material as possible; avoid using any concrete or rebar; maximize modern technology; and make it lively venue for 21st-century-style worship. The church was fitted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle, with about a third made of the darker original stones - all placed lovingly in their original spots. The reconstruction cost more than €100 million, 90% of which came from donors around the world. It reopened to the public in 2005.
A big hunk of the bombed rubble stands in the square as a memorial.
Since it was Sunday there were services taking place all throughout the day, but the church opened up for just one hour during lunch and we were able to go inside and take pictures.
Pastel themed, perfect for upcoming Easter!
I would have LOVED to climb to the top and get a good view, but it simply wasn't open. Next time :)
Just a few yards away from the Frauenkirche is a huge area still damaged from the war so many years ago.
We got a good view of the Augustus Bridge which connects Dresden's Old and New Towns.
We walked back across the bridge, walked back to where the tram dropped us off, bought a tram ticket (cuz we didn't have coins to buy the family pass in the morning, don't tell!) and rode back to the hotel.
If you buy a Phaeton here, you can set yourself on the platform (BYO folding chair) and follow it through every moment of the 36 hour "birth" process. The parts are delivered to a logistics plant on the edge of town then transported to this manufacturing plant by "cargo trams" instead of trucks to keep traffic congestion down.
These babies retail for over 136,000 Euros or 188,000 dollars. Wowza!
They gave the kids chocolate, how "sweet" :) I'm punny.
We couldn't figure out how to get out of the gated parking lot but as we were debating what to do next the arm lifted and we were able to get outta dodge for free! Thank you VW!
The happiest-go-luckiest building in Dresden! They gotta spruce up the communist buildings somehow :)
When I first googled images of Dresden I saw lots of pictures of the old mixed with modern Bundeswehr Military History Museum and wanted to see it with mine own eyes. So we did!
For dinner we walked to a pizza/pasta/ice cream house and I got a Hawaiian pizza that was sprinkled with cinnamon that I can't stop thinking about!
And then, funny things like this seem to happen a lot lately, after the kids went to bed Chris chose to watch National Treasure, of all movies. There's a part where Benjamin Gates (Nicolas Cage) first meets Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) and he asks about her accent, "Pennsylvania Dutch?" And she replies, "Saxony German". OF ALL THE PLACES IN THE WORLD and OF ALL THE MOVIES WE COULD BE WATCHING, it references Saxony Germany. Too funny. Must remember this, so I wrote it down :)
What a marvelous, fun-filled day!