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Dresden, a pleasant surprise

December 8, 2008

On Sunday, we took an early train from Berlin to Dresden although I wasn’t feeling well. I woke up with a sore throat, cough and major headache. I think it was from walking around in the cold and snow in Berlin. However, I was determined to go to Dresden which has the oldest Christmas market in Europe, and Josh was determined to go because of the history of the city.

Dresden is referenced in lots of books that we’ve read because it was completely wiped out from a bombing by the Allied forces just before the end of World War II.  The bombing killed about 35’000 people and destroyed the city. Now, the city has been restored and we were rather impressed!

When we arrived, it was a little early for the Christmas market, but I couldn’t wait. This year was the 574th market! We went straight for the goods.

After much deliberation, and I mean much, we decided to buy two German-made Rauchermen (smokers). They are wooden men with a place for incense inside and the smoke comes out through a whole in the mouth so it looks like they’re smoking. We bought a shepard and a toy maker.

We then strolled around the city admiring its beauty until dark. It really is a cute town, and we didn’t feel like we were overrun by tourists.

The city and market were both beautiful all lit up. We enjoyed the music and tried to warm up with some Glühwein.

Around 9:00 pm, we headed back to the train station for our overnight train back to Zurich.

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