The adventure of day two was overtaken by fatigue and the commentary on day two of Dresden is just now available for your enjoyment. Wonderful breakfast at the Bulow Residenz, yummy egg salad, unique and tasty trout salad, fresh pineapple, strawberries, grilled eggplant, crunchy wheat raisin seed roll, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, and a double espresso in a room fit for royalty. Champagne, eggs to order, muesli, variety of cheeses and cold cuts, assorted croissants and pastries are also choices available to the guest.
Met with my tour guide, Al, for a walking education of Dresden. The tour covered three major attractions. 1) a overview of the Zwinger, with it's baroque and Rocco architecture, the complex holds a prominent place in art history and was used only for royal entertaining and festivals in the time of Augustus the Strong. He had another Palace for his residence. Well, Why not? 2) the "Furstenzug"' a 100 meter long mural wall with hand painted Meissen ceramic tiles depicting the members of the House of Wettin, rulers over Saxony from 1127 to 1913. 3) guided tour and history, restoration lesson on the Church of Our Lady. Al was a fantastic guide and just my
luck, I was the only English speaking tourist, so I enjoyed a private tour. Along the way I was charmed by carriages drawn by Clydesdales, outside cafes, accordion tunes played by street musicians and the glorious warm and sunny day.
Lunchtime led me to the Allmarkt, an open air market with permanent buildings, all decked out in their finest Bavaian accents. Guess what the prominent purchase was . . . You guess bier, you guess right. All kinds of traditional German cuisine, fried potatoes, sauerkraut, sausages of any type, pickled herring. You choose. I made purchases from several merchants; 1) the "Fuller Brush Lady" had brushes of every sort. Brushes to clean your refrigerator coils, brushes to clean your nails, brushes for your shoes, brushes for your hair, brushes for makeup and brushes to clean your brushes, to name a few 2) a" Spitzenstadtplauen" vendor, go ahead tell me what that is and the first correct response gets you a sample of her wares. 3) the undergarment lady.
Then off on the public bus to discover the Pfunds Molkerei (dairy). Two brothers made so much money in dairy the shop is Art Nouveau with figures and ornaments painted
on Villeroy & Boch ceramic tiles, an amazing background for an extensive selection of gourmet cheese.
Returned to my hotel to dress for the Opera. The SemperOpera is a beautiful building restored to it's full grandeur after the complete destruction in 1945 . Popped into the Grand Hotel Taschenbergpalais, adjacent to the Opera House for a pre-concert Craggenmore (scotch). While I understood nada of the story, the music, atmosphere, singing and revelry of it all was stirring.
Still on the Dresden to-do list: the Green Vault, the Frauenkirsche interior, the Museum of Hygiene (Loie, thst's for you) and The see through Volkswagen factory. Too many sights, so little time. This place is screaming Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. Another full, fulfilling fun, and satisfying day in the heart of Saxony. Isn't God great? Thank you Lord for everything!!
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