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Saturday, September 01, 2012

Dresden, Germany - 2012

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 01/09/2012 07:25:13

If three months ago you asked me for everything I knew about Dresden - I would probably stare blankly at you (while drooling), or pretend I was a flower until you left. If that didn't work and you persisted in your line of questioning I would mention the alt rock band The Dresden Dolls before attempting the flower ploy once more (combined with some more intense drooling). Turns out Dresden is roughly halfway between Prague and Berlin, an innocuous fact but one that assured the city a place on my itinerary for EuroJoel 2012.

So Dresden is actually an interesting city. Bombed heavily by the Allies very late in the second world war, visible scars still remain in the form of blackened buildings and cracked facades. Dresden was a major communications hub during the war and also host to numerous refugees when it was subjected to a controversial bombing just before the end of World War II. I had read about this before starting my European holiday, but it really hit home as I strolled around the city seeing the black of most of the older buildings / statues. It was also interesting to see a city that had been devastated by somebody other than Nazi Germany.

Burn
This clock tower seems to be partially restored. Black on the top and white on the bottom, like a reverse block of Top Deck (if you prefer a candy analogy, like I certainly do)

Fish
One of many statues blackened by the post-bombing fires. I could probably tell you something intelligent about this statue had I found an English speaking tour guide. So instead - you can see that a child is being punched in the face while the fish in the foreground is vomiting. This symbolises Dresden's love of punches to the head and fish vomit

Church
The main God house - the Frauenkirche. I went inside and it was as pretty as I had expected, but there was unfortunately nothing to rub for good luck. Fortunately I was already rubbing the bald head of the stranger standing in front of me - she didn't seem to mind

My first taste of German fare was a huge success kicked off with Currywurst - basically a sausage in sauce with curry powder. I had mine with a bread roll and it made for a tasty sandwich. I also found an amazing steak place just opposite my hotel - so delicious I ended up eating both of my Dresden dinners there. On the first night I could hear the radio coming out of the kitchen, with some cool German music. At one point I noticed my waiter almost run off into the kitchen at the start of a new song before hearing him and the chef singing along to what is clearly a favourite of theirs. As I was quite close to the kitchen it was almost being serenaded while I ate - by German Metal.

Curry
Currywurst? Currybest more like!

Steak
I asked if they could do onion rings on my steak. It appears "onion rings" translates to "swimming in onions" in German. I asked for exactly the same thing the next night and I am not disappoint

In my quick research of restaurants in Dresden I came across Ayers Rock - a great place to eat and drink in Australian style. Of course, they spruiked Fosters - but at least the guy behind the bar assured me that he understands no-one actually drinks Fosters in Australia. Browsing the menu was fun - apparently kangaroo ham with cheese is a typical starter in Victoria - but it wasn't too completely off the mark.

Drink
The "Yellow Pages" had three things I love in a cocktail - Jameson whiskey, flamboyant use of yellow and a reference to an obsolete telephone directory

There's not a lot more to report on for Dresden, as it became my city of rest. After a month of travelling I'm starting to get fatigued and I used Dresden as an excuse for some seriously sleep. Unfortunately the first night I had a nightmare in which I suffered a stroke - which freaked my sleep-deprived self out, causing me to check the mirror for a droopy face. Turns out I didn't really have a stroke (as far as I can tell) and the second night I was back to my regular dream in which SuperTed is real and he tells me his magic word.


This is the 12th in the EuroJoel - 2012 series
City 1 - Lisbon, Portugal - 2012City 2 - Porto, Portugal - 2012City 3 - Madrid and Toledo, Spain - 2012City 4 - Valencia, Spain - 2012City 5 - Barcelona, Spain - 2012City 6 - Naples, Italy - 2012City 7 - Rome and Vatican City, Italy - 2012City 8 - Florence and Pisa, Italy - 2012City 9 - Milan and Bologna, Italy - 2012City 10 - Venice, Italy - 2012City 11 - Prague, Czech Republic - 2012City 12 - Dresden, Germany - 2012City 13 - Berlin, Germany - 2012City 14 - Legoland, Denmark, 2012City 15 - Edinburgh, Scotland - 2012City 16 - Nice and Monte Carlo, France - 2012City 17 - Lyon, France - 2012City 18 - Dijon, France - 2012City 19 - Provins, France - 2012City 20 - Paris, France - 2012City 21 - Ireland - 2012City 22 - London, England - 2012City 23 - Killarney - Ireland, 2012City 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2012City 25 - Brussels and Bruges, Belgium - 2012City 26 - Warsaw, Poland - 2012City 27 - Krakow, Poland - 2012City 28 - Vienna, Austria - 2012City 29 - Budapest, Hungary - 2012City 30 - Bucharest, Romania - 2012City 31 - Nile Cruise, Egypt - 2012City 32 - Cairo, Egypt - 2012
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