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Visiting “Guidebook” Dresden

Visiting “Guidebook” Dresden

(Tales Told From The Road continues its month-long virtual European journey.)

Yesterday we stumbled upon some unexpected treasures while roaming about Dresden.

Today we’ll check out some of the “must-see” places highlighted in our guidebooks.

The first of these is right out the front door of our apartment in Old Town: The Frauenkirche.

The “Church of Our Lady” was heavily damaged by Allied bombers in February, 1945, but has now restored to its original exterior beauty and is open to the public.

Frauenkirche CollageUnlike many large churches and cathedrals in Europe, this church is not built in the traditional cross-like pattern. In fact, except for the altar, the entire space within the church sits beneath its lofty dome. And unlike most churches that have straight as an arrow pews on either side of a main aisle, the pews in Frauenkirche are curved to match the pattern of the dome above.

Although Catholicism was prominent in southern Germany and Austria, in Dresden we find a statute Protestant reformer, Martin Luther, in the plaza surrounding the Frauenkirke.

After spending a delightful half hour or so just sitting in the pews, we’ll light a candle in remembrance of those who died here in the Allied bombing of 1945, and head off to the Zwinger Palace.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Signs of Culture

Travel Photo Thursday: Signs of Culture

Signs, big and small, can tell you something important about the culture of a place. Keep your eye out for them during you travels so you can capture them with your camera.

Store Mural 1 Petersburg

This mural painted on the side of a store in Petersburg, Alaska, denotes the important of commercial fishing to this small community founded a century ago by a Norwegian immigrant who established a cannery here, and today often referred to as “Little Norway.”

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The Trabant—perhaps better known by its nickname, “Trabi”—was manufactured in East Germany during the “Cold War” period, and for a about a year after the reunification of Germany in 1990 and the destruction of the famous Berlin Wall earlier that year.

Today you can drive this “classic” (if not classy) car Pot Starter Kit IMG_4113through the streets of Dresden (where this photo was shot) or Berlin on a “Trabi Safari.” The Zebra stripes presumably were not painted on this Trabi at the factory in East Germany.

Sometimes you’ll find a “sign of culture” on packaging.  This “Dutch Cannabis Seed Starter Kit” on sale in an Amsterdam canal-side flower market loudly proclaims Netherlanders fondness for “home grown weed,” not just their country’s famous tulips.

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