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DRESDEN

We are now in "East Germany"

The baroque cityscape of Dresden, once admired as the

"Florence on the Elbe", is world-famous with sights including

the Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera.  One of Dresden's

major attractions is an architectural complex that was almost

completely destroyed during World War II. It is being

carefully reconstructed. Dresden also has one of Europe's finest

collections of paintings as well as one of Germany's major

opera houses.  The architecture of the old part of the city is

predominantly black. Most buildings look as if they were

blackened by fire smoke. Some say that this has been caused

by many years of negligence and heavy industrial pollution

generated in this area in the times of East Germany.

Crown Gateway, ca 1705-1722 from central courtyard

Rear entrance to Zwinger Palace

Coal-coated arms and face need a good wash.

Some WWII-bombed buildings still stand.

The former East Germany had no money to renovate.

Boat ride along the famous Elbe River viewing the town of Dresden.

About two months ago, the river was flooded with roughly 31 feet of

more water while the land got only 3 feet extra.

Many buildings still show water line.

Boating on the famous Elbe River

View of Dresden from Elbe River

View of Dresden from Elbe River

Smart car built by Daimler Chrysler -- almost 1/2 size of VW Beetle

European made diesel powered vehicle with 2 seats, lower

CO2 emissions and 60.1 miles per gallon

Stacked-up Smart cars grow in the greenhouse?

Look at that big German word.

Nostalgic travel with Germany's oldest service steam-drawn

narrow gauge railways (750mm).  The narrow gauge railway

is winding through the romantic countryside since 1884.

It whistles and bells all the journey.  Starting from Radeberg

East, passes the vineyards of the Lossmitz Hills and crosses

the lovely countryside of the lakes around Moritzburg.

Around Moritzburg Castle, there is a big park with exotic

trees and an animal park.  We got off at Lichtenstein.

Pleasant ride