Sunday, May 15, 2011

Meissen - A Day Trip

Today we drove to Meissen, which is about 30 km from here. We're under an unsettled air mass, so we had rain, sun and everything else. It's very green out there.

Meissen is the home of the famous porcelains. They have been in production since around since the early 1700s. I really wanted this for the RV, but it was not available.

This is north Meissen. Is it not lovely?

This is in the old part of town. The blackened spires belong to a Gothic Catholic church. Lonely Planet doesn't tell us how old it is. The structure surrounding it, however, dates from the 15th century and was Germany's first residential palace. It's an astonishing place.

We walked around, then had cappuccino and apfelkuchen which was very good. We decided to go for a drive out toward Leipzig, after telling the GPS to avoid auto routes. The fields of yellow are rape seed, from which canola oil and bio-diesel are made. There is a lot of it grown in the parts of Germany we have seen thus far.

In Reisa we saw an RV lot and had to stop to look. They are small. I'm not sure Jim and I could co-exist for very long. The travel trailers are much better in terms of living space than are the tiny C classes. Interestingly enough, many of them do not have showers. Some have separate showers, and some are like boats in that the entire bathroom is the shower.

This would be a toy hauler.

Tomorrow we're going back in to Dresden to look around some more. Tuesday is the drive to Munich.

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