Sunday, 3 June 2012

Touring with Da Mom!

On Wednesday night (at around 20:00pm) I was waiting at Dresden Hauptbahnhof, looking for a bus on its way containing a surprise... And believe me, it was a nice surprise. After spending over three months in Germany, to see a family member's face was quite comforting. My mother came to visit me in Dresden.

And before I knew it, I became the tour guide for Dresden.

I had about three days to show her Dresden.... where to start? As you've already read from my previous postings, Dresden is a city which requires time when visiting, but it was time for me to improvise...

I took her through all the main attractions in Dresden (whicg was mentioned in my previous posts 1 and 2) so I'm not going to mention it again. On thursday I convinced my mother to climb the chairs of the famous Dresden Frauenkirche (Woman Church) to experience the panoramic view of Dresden from the tower... and every step was worth it! I think this photo will describe the thousand words I wanted to type:

No matter how many times I walk down the streets in Dresden, my head still turns at the beautiful architecture of this beloved place. A city so precious, so much history and so friendly! When you get a chance to visit Germany, I will definitely recommend to experience what this city has to offer! just grab a bockwurst in one hand a city map in the other and explore!

On Saturday we decided to visit Bautzen. We arrived in Bautzen only after 12:00pm because we took the wrong train at first... but when we arrived, we were surprised by a festival! It was the 1010th Bautzen  Spring Festival. It was quite an unique festival compared to what I have experienced before. There was a balance between nature, culture and engineering... uniting all the different interests into one big celebration. A section on the one side of the festival was dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and illustrating the current projects where are taking place. 
The also had some owls and falcons on display where visitors were able to interacts with them. On the other side of the festival was a section specifically dedicated to culture, where music was played by a marching band and small curio shops down the street. there were people demonstrating traditional blacksmith techniques and also displayed traditional clothes worn during the battle times. And another side of the festival was dedicated to motor fanatics. This section was all about racing and adrenalin junkies. A variety of motorcycles were on display together with some racing cars and gliders. Below are some photos from the festival and of Bautzen:
Bautzen bus station.
Bautzen town square.
Bautzen town square.
St. Petri Church in Bautzen.
Me giving the owl a neck massage at the 1010th Bautzen Spring Festival.
Blacksmith techniques being demonstrated in Bautzen.
Fit for battle.
Old but still pumping the fuel.

I can't say a lot about Bautzen itself, but from what I experienced from the couple of hours visiting this city I think a day trip to Bautzen is worth it.

After experiencing the agonizing pain of walking on cobblestone pathways the whole day, it was time to go back to Dresden. We spend our last hours of the day in Dresden Altstadt and were entertained by the Classical Music Festival of Dresden. I really enjoyed the experience; watching a live classical orchestra while being surrounded with the old buildings and sun shining on a late afternoon...

After the music, we passed a really creative panhandler demonstrating a different way of doing ''business' ... and he was quite good!

we left Altstadt at about 21:00pm to get enough rest for the tour which followed... but you can read more about that on the next post.

Eine schöne abend für du und hoffen du habt geniesst die lesen.
(... at least I'm trying to work on my German without google translate... ;) )

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