Dresden Travel Blog› entry 13 of 90 › view all entries
What most people know about Dresden, or at least what I knew about Dresden, was that it was nearly bombed into the dust during world war II. The bombing campaign by the British and American forces, months before the end of the war, ending up killing 35,000 people.
Fast forward to today, you can see a fairly well rebuilt old city on the southern bank of the elbe, with its famous opera house, palace (it used to be the royal residence of saxony), castle and church and a thriving new city on the northern bank. Quite nice, the old city, if a bit compact. It's not paris or prague, but it definitely has its charm. The new city is definitely more industrial and our hostel would .. well, appear to be in a fairly dodgy part of town, but it really wasn't so bad, were it not for early trains and trucks.
We picked up a few new faces from the touring crew and made our way into the old city. One thing about the hostel I stayed at.. while it was in the dodgy part of town, it was run by a fantastic crew. I'd definitely stay there again, without a doubt. Although, between you and me, it did take a bit of getting used to the guy dressed up as a woman giving us tips on the opera house and all that. Certainly didn't hurt that Phil, being young and .
Anyway, new rule, never go traveling or sight seeing with a group of women. One, two, maybe, but a gaggle, well, that is just asking for trouble. Far more gossiping than I would care for and far less actual seeing of things worth seeing. Don't get me wrong, they're a good bunch, I spent a few hours over a couple of beers discussing various travel stories but I was greatful for the bit of rain because it meant that were going back to the hostel and I was free to roam as my heart desired.
So, we wandered around Elbe. Enjoyed the sights, got back to the hostel fairly early, ate an huge schnitzel.. good deal, really, drank a few beers in the company of the girls that we had ditched earlier.. enjoyed a good down day.