We get a ride from Dresden to Prague and then walk around.
Some love locks and the John Lennon wall
The Jewish Quarter
You can see Mucha’s work in the background. He designed the whole building we were dining in.
Walking by Museum Kampa
David Cerny “Babies”
This sculpture really instilled in me how horrible it was to be behind the iron curtain…if the Berlin Wall hadn’t already. It’s also a great example of how sometimes art is more effective if it’s not beautiful, if it’s more gritty and ugly. The way the art is done gets to the heart of the matter really well. I put the information about the art next to in case you want to read about the content.
Up to Prague Castle
I was turned away at the entrance to Prague Castle’s catholic church. Apparently I was showing too much skin. However, after waiting maybe 15 minutes outside my Dad came out of the church and escorted me in.
Back in Mucha’s building
And then I went home.
The day after we arrived in Dresden we were driven out to the Swiss-Saxony National Park. It has some amazing rock formations. There was some rock climbing that I didn’t get to do but the views were amazing.
Once we reached Dresden it was the end of our bike tour. So our guides treated us all to dinner at a great seafood restaurant called Kastenmeiers. It was a great way to spend the night.
Our fearless leaders with the boat guide and two of the other cyclists.. I ate a lot of liver that night.
We biked through a town with cool sculptures on the way to a pickle factory. There is a story that goes with the statues but it was all in German so I can’t tell you what it was.
tasting the different pickles
And then we went back to the hotel.
On our travels we stopped at Meissen, a porcelain manufacturer that started in 1710. It makes and paints all its porcelain by hand, using techniques from when it was founded. When we went to the factory it had a really cool exhibit of work by contemporary artists. The artists were from the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. I saw one expat’s work. It was a really great representation of different cultures with references with how they used to, and how they currently use porcelain. I wrote down some but not all of the artist’s names. If you want to look them up here they are:
Khaled Al-Saai, Rokneddin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Birgit Dieker, Xiao Hui Wang, Nja Mahdaoui, and Frank Michaelis
This trip ended in the historical part of Dresden.
I’ve been on vacation for the past couple weeks in Germany and the Czech Republic. It was amazing to say the least and I got to learn a lot during my travels as well as meet some fun and interesting people. So I know this is not my usual painting, but I’ve decided to share my scrap book and photos from the trip. So to Berlin we go!!
Markers for where Jews lived before the Holocaust
Hitler died in a bunker under this parking lot.
The Berlin Wall