Enjoying Great Aunt Tante Inge in Dresden, Germany

Enjoying Great Aunt Tante Inge in Dresden, Germany

View of the Elbe from the Frauen Kirche

View of the Elbe from the Frauen Kirche

We planned our route in Europe to be in Dresden Germany to spend the week visiting my great aunt for the week of her 85th birthday. We had a lovely week exploring all that Dresden had to offer, including many landmarks. Dresden is a special place to my family since my mom was born in Dresden in 1945 during the night of the worst firebombing in history.Β  Within two nights, the Allied forces destroyed over 1,600 acres in the city with a death toll of almost 25,000.

Shortly after, her family emigrated to the U.S.Β  For many years hence, contact was lost with family in the eastern block. In 1989, with the fall of the Berlin wall, the family was re-united.Β  We have sinse visited many times to see this important part of my family’s history, and it was wonderful to share these stories with the boys.

Here are some highlights of the newly rebuilt city of Dresden.

Frauen Kirche, Dresden

Frauenkirche, Dresden

Inside the Frauen Kirche

Inside the Frauenkirche

View of the Elbe from the Frauen Kirche

View of the Elbe from the Frauenkirche

Three Kings Church, Dresden

Three Kings Church, Dresden

The Golden Rider, statue of August the Strong

The Golden Rider, statue of August the Strong

Best pastries in town, at the Coselpalais

Best pastries in town, at the Coselpalais

Bastei Bridge at Saxon Switzerland

Bastei Bridge at Saxon Switzerland

Path up to the bridge

Path up to the bridge

Overlooking the Elbe River

Overlooking the Elbe River

Elbe River, view from Sachsische Schweiz

Elbe River, view from Sachsische Schweiz

Ferry over the Elbe to the hike up

Ferry over the Elbe to the hike up

P1070568An energetic lady, she was a tireless tour guide and had a blast playing with the kids.Β  We had a lovely week catching up with each other, talking, laughing and taking in sights.

Beautiful (and $$!) Meissen porcelain.

Beautiful (and $$!) Meissen porcelain.

Building Meissen figurines

Building Meissen figurines

Lunch in Meissen

Lunch in Meissen

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Enjoying time with Tante Inge

Enjoying time with Tante Inge

Looking back, it is hard to remember how we accomplished it all considering neither of us speaks a word of each others’ language.

What a joyful week it was!

 

One thought on “Enjoying Great Aunt Tante Inge in Dresden, Germany

  1. Kris

    Well done….again. I hope someday to see ALL these posts and all the photos in a book. Do you think it might happen? It would be such a great gift!

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