Some of you might know that last week Katelyn and I booked a trip through blind booking with Germanwings. Anyone with a sense of travel-adventure who's interested in traveling with a good airline at really great prices from Germany to most major European cities should look into this. We ended up with Dresden, not the most exciting or exotic of locations, but in true Jenny-Katelyn style, we sucked it up and had a fabulous time. Warning: "Fabulous" is my new favorite word. I will likely overuse it in this post.
But good thing we did because look at all the gorgeousness! Dresden was famously bombed to the ground during WWII and everything you see there today has been completely rebuilt in the original style and location. Some rebuilt buildings, such as the very famous Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) below, incorporate some remaining original stones along with new stones, which gives buildings a two-tone effect. It was amazing to see how much detail has been put into remaking buildings the way they once were and to informing visitors about the city's history. This is definitely a city that's aware of its past and it has a great, conscious future ahead of it.
I do love stumbling upon things and thinking "Wha-aaatt?" This little cart was one of those things. Turns out it's an ad for an antiques store a few blocks down. With its umbrella and old Gothic script, I thought it was totally blog-worthy. And now I see it on here, I know I was right.
A fabulous little store shaped like an underground cave. Another one of those useless-but-charming shops that I seem to gravitate towards.
Another wha-aaat?? This obviously abandoned and very old "Filmtheater" butts right up against Dresden's main train station. The windows are boarded up and it looks like it's survived one or two fires. It was very eeery and still and I kept wondering what its story is and why it hasn't yet been restored.
A dark night in Dresden watching... The Dark Knight! HAHA! All summer long they have this fabbity fab huge screen set up on the river bank (The Elbe to be exact) with rows of chairs and a bar and little bathrooms, with different movies playing every night at dusk! Monday night was The Dark Knight. I never saw it, so seeing it in German for the first time may not have been the way to go... but I got a good part of it even with my so-so German and Katelyn (who saw it in English) whispering and filling in the gaps.
On Tuesday, our last day, we decided to take one of those (potentially cheesy) tourist boat rides down the Elbe. But again in true Jenny-Katelyn fashion, we made it the trendy thing to do. We had these little canvas stools and we managed to wedge ourselves into a secure nook between some boat machinery and some other people sitting. We've found that you can make anything trendy by adding a glass of chilled prosecco. An avenue we plan to explore in the future...