Sunday, May 27, 2018

Elegant Elbe: Dresden d (5/27/2018)

Sunday, May 27, 2018 (continued)
Peter and Beth had their own plans for after lunch, so Kent and I took off on our own.
Snuck over to see the STO pails and mini mixer at the
construction site of the "dandelion seed puff" building (KSS)
Stolpenstein near the New Synagogue, which mark the
former homes of Jews and state what happened to them KSS)
A better look at the "lemon juicer" dome of the Academy of Fine Arts,
which is topped by a statue of the goddess Nike who personifies victory (KSS)
We entered the Frauenkirche that was to be open only for a couple hours today until 14:30.
Frauenkirche interior with the altar, pulpit, and
baptismal font directly center
in view of the entire congregation (KSS)
I cannot find an explanation for the "private boxes" (KSS)
The Frauenkirche dome (nicknamed the Stone Bell/
Steinerne Glocke) was a feat of engineering, as it is supported
by eight slender columns and survived being
hit by more than 100 cannonballs by the Prussians
The Cross of Nails on the main altar is made
from two large blackened nails found in the
rubble of England's Coventry Cathedral that the
Germans bombed in November 1940 
The damaged cross from the top of the dome
is now displayed in the church; a replacement cross
and orb was made by a British company whose main
craftsman was Alan Smith, the son of
one of the pilots who bombed Dresden
Votive candles
We had hoped to catch a tram across the Augustus Bridge to go to the farthest point and walk back. However, due to its undergoing complete renovation, there was only a narrow pedestrian passage over the bridge. So we ended up walking in both directions!
On the right bank:
Elbe sailors' summer lounge... (KSS)
Some goofy kids at the Canaletto Viewpoint, supposedly where
Bernardo Belloto, il Canaletto, stood to paint
his iconic view of Dresden (KSS)
This is the "Canaletto View" (disregard the bicycle and crane!) (KSS)
This is the Canaletto painting (from Wikimedia)
The Golden Rider/Goldene Reiter statue (1734,
by Jean Joseph Vinanche) of Augustus the Strong;
the statue was commissioned by his son
August III, and spent World War II safely
stored underground in a cave in Pillnitz (KSS)
The start of Main Street/Hauptstrasse at Neustädter Markt,
with two 1893 flagpoles beyond the Golden Rider (KSS)
Monument marking the 30th anniversary of creation of the
German Democratic Republic/Deutsche Demokratische Republik in 1949
Part of one block of apartments has been modernized (KSS)
The not-yet modernized apartments and a defunct fountain (KSS)
Jägerhof (16C in Renaissance style) is the oldest
building in Dresden on the north side of the Elbe,
with a 2013 replica of a sculpture of a hunter 
Quite the line-up at the Comedy Club in Dresden (KSS)
There are mistletoe balls up in a dying tree,
since mistletoe absorbs water and nutrients
from the host tree, they are more prolific
when the weather is wet (KSS)
Oops, there goes another ... Trabant;
the Trabant was produced in East Germany from 1957-1990 (KSS)
Dresden's Tatra T4D-MT tram, made in the Czech Republic
Horse trough fountain (1912, by Paul Polte) (KSS)
Fitness center signage (KSS)
Apparently throughout former East Germany are empty
buildings that have not been reclaimed by former owners;
they sit neglected until someone with money takes the risk
to renovate or develop the building/land (KSS)
The building of the Pfund's Dairy Shop/
Dresdner Molkerei Gebrüder Pfund (1891,
survived World War II)
Unfortunately the Pfunds shop closed at 15:00 on the dot today, just as we reached to open the door! It claims to be the most beautiful dairy shop in the world, as it is decorated with hand-painted Villeroy & Boch tiles. It started when Paul Pfund arrived in Dresden in 1879 with his wife and six cows to provide healthy milk to the city. In 1886 they were the first in Germany to produce condensed milk, due to overproduction of milk, which allowed them to market abroad. During the communist years they could sell only three state-sanctioned brands of cheese. Pfunds were nationalized in 1972 and closed in 1978. Re-opened in the 1990s, Pfunds specializes in its own artisanal cheeses as well as other dairy products.
An attempt to photograph the Molkerei
through the glass windows
At least one gets the idea of the "beauty" of the shop
Next: Dresden e.

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