tger greenhaddock: Bomber Harris was a bastard

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Bomber Harris was a bastard

........and that's all I have to say on the matter. Anyway the Juniorette was on a school trip for a few days this week, so Mrs H and I headed east to Dresden. We really enjoyed our short break there, and would like to visit again sometime. We stayed in a hotel on the Sächsen Weinstrasse, which is Germany's easternmost and smallest wine making region. We were particularly taken by the kötzschenbroda area of Radebeul, and enjoyed a rather tasty Indian curry there.

We decided to do the sightseeing bus tour rather than just wander round Dresden as we were short of time. I was quite surprised, the tour was really good and informative. The bus driver was quite a laugh as well. Overall we were really impressed with Dresden and found the Baroque style architecture of the restored older buildings to be outstanding.

Before heading home we drove to the Czech Republic. We started to drive to Prague but turned around about half way. The lure of the sofa at home and a nice hot cup of tea were too great. I found the contrast between Germany and the Czech Republic quite startling in terms of landscape and housing. I found it quite weird that the grass was brown there, whereas just over the border in Germany, it was green.

We are planning to return to the area again sometime with the Juniorette, and then we will visit Prague properly.

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14 Comments:

Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I was in Dresden only once on business and I loved it. Prague is also on our list of places to visit. Maybe later this year.

March 02, 2008 11:12 AM  
OpenID planetgermany said...

Prague is lovely - and Dresden is on my list of places to visit.

Also Radebeul, now that I know there's a Curry house there!

March 02, 2008 12:16 PM  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

Glad you enjoyed Dresden, it really is beautiful. Plus this is the time of year to visit - in the summer it gets a little crowded with all the tourists.

Prague's great too... Juniorette will love it.

March 02, 2008 1:20 PM  
Anonymous In Actual Fact said...

...on the other hand, his counterpart Hermann Göring was fat..... And that's all I'll say on the subject.

I've never been to Dresden (well, into the city centre - I've been to the suburbs, which perhaps, er, lack the splendour of the Frauenkirche, say - a visit must be arranged at some point). Maybe whilst on the way to Prague - even if I did only get half way...

March 02, 2008 1:52 PM  
Blogger Maribeth said...

My friend Uschi, brought me to Dresden where her best childhood friend lives. The friend's husband, a dental surgeon, closed his office that day so he could guide me through the city! What a tour I got! The church was still being worked on, but we were able to visit nonetheless.
I love Prague. I have spent many a night there, including a visit to the opera. Do go back with Juniorette. You won't be disappointed!

March 02, 2008 3:21 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

So it brings new meaning to the grass being greener on the other side???

I lived in Prague for a month. I'd suggest trying to go during the month of May. It's sunny, but still cold at times but not many tourists yet..

In the summer months it is very crowded for sure...

The lure of the city centre is always nice but stay in the outskirts and take advantage of the great transit system.

Brush up on your Czech before hand, but I'm sure you won't have much trouble since you have their second and third languages covered (German & English)...

There are some great parks in Prague. Be careful of prices too, they are getting up there!

In 2002, I could eat a pasta dinner for $3 USD... with my drink.

March 02, 2008 6:29 PM  
Blogger swenglishexpat said...

What the allied forces did to Dresden was sickening and well documented both in fact and fiction. I know that it is once again a beautiful city and well worth a visit, as is Prague. Maybe one day...

March 02, 2008 8:01 PM  
OpenID roterbaron said...

Dresden was lucky, the Western Allies were hoping to have the Atom Bomb ready by then but it wasn't and therefore napalm was used and Hiroshima and Nagasaki got the nuke.

I haven't visited Dresden, had some friends from there and if you can mimic the accent you can piss the Bavarians off something chronic!

Prague was lovely but I haven't been there for many many years. I've heard good reports of Budapest too.

March 03, 2008 10:40 PM  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Sounds wonderful. I'm SO envious of you and Mrs Haddock and all your commenters who have been to Dresden. Oh well, one day!

March 04, 2008 3:19 PM  
Blogger Mike B said...

It was interesting that the Ossis left so much of the old rubble un-cleaned-up that there was actually a lot of original material left to use for the re-building. It really is something, isn't it.

As for return via Prague, I did that via the road through Teplice ... which was quite a journey. The German border guards looked at my BMW and gave me a knowing wink and a grin. As I drove down the road, three school-girls gave me what looked like a "slow down" signal, which I took was because I was 15km over the limit. Then another 300m or so another woman gave me the same signal. Then another 300m a woman in an all leather outfit did the same. By that point I realised that the women I saw every 300m for the next 8km were advertising their availability.

Hope things have gone upscale since then.

March 06, 2008 11:52 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Sounds glorious hope you take lots of photos. It's so wonderful to see other parts of the world when we can.

Enjoy
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March 08, 2008 11:47 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

CS - we really liked Dresden :)

PlanetGermany - The curry was very good! :)

Eurotrippen - When we visit next, if you have time we could meet up for a coffee :)

Inactualfact - I agree, Hr Göring was a fat bastard. A complete tub of lard! :)

Maribeth - We are trying to do a return trip in the summer :)

ET - LOL! the grass was definately greener on the other side. Thanks for the info on Prague! :)

SWexpat - Unfortunately wars cause attrocities on all side. The victors tend not to highlight theirs so much!

Roterbaron - Bloody good job the atom bomb wasn't ready!

Ex-shammickite - I'm sure you'll get there one day! :)

Mike b - Love the story about the drive to Prague! :)

Dorothy - Funnily enough we completely forgot to take our cameras to Dresden!.....but next time we wont forget! :)

March 09, 2008 8:24 PM  
Blogger click clack gorilla said...

Did you drive over the border in Hrensko? My boyfriend and I took that trip a few weekends ago, to get our fill of stolen cigarettes and copied dvds and wash it down with a huge meal for two that cost less than half a meal for one in Frankfurt. Cute town though, that one. All the best,
Click

March 09, 2008 9:06 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Click Clack Gorilla - we followed the A17 into the Czech Republic from Dresden. Next time we will have stop for a while and stockpile as well :)
Interesting blog you have - very entertaining! :)

March 10, 2008 1:26 AM  

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