My hometown lies deep in the Elbe valley. The Elbe River can be reached quickly, but is unfortunately too shallow or too polluted lately to swim in. Nevertheless, it is my first bathing tip, as for a quick cooling, the central location is simply a good place and the feet can always be kept clean. Continue reading »
Many were amazed when just two weeks ago the streets of Dresden turned into a huge dance floor and a colourful and dancing crowd of people rolled through the city like a happy caterpillar. Under the motto "Do we always have to get loud first? - Vote and dance for Tolerance" the fifth Tolerade took place and demonstrated with a lot of heart and even more bass for an open and tolerant togetherness. What this is all about and why every year hundreds of Dresden women* put their time and energy into the Tolerade project is what this post wants to reflect once again Continue reading »
Pillnitz Castle is only a stone's throw away from Dresden's centre. Stone steps lead directly from the banks of the Elbe River up to the Chinese-style pleasure palace, which once belonged to the famous mistress of August the Strong, Countess Cosel. The Elector August of Wettin was an absolutist aristocrat of his time: animal fights, parties, fireworks, it could not be big and expensive enough. He originally had the castle built for his excessive water festivals, directly on the Elbe, then known as the "Canal Grande". Continue reading »
When the bass pulsates in the rhythm of the heart, people dance in the streets of Dresden for humanity and solidarity. Because this city is much more colourful than the brown mishmush of pegidists, racists and old reactionaries sometimes makes us believe. Making this visible and tangible is the declared aim of the Tolerade, a dancing demonstration that is taking place on 4 May... Continue reading »
This time is tea time (or coffee time of course)!
Dresden is known for being the capital of the "Kaffeesachsen" as we call them in German (Coffee Saxons in English). This beautiful expression describes people who love taking a coffee in the afternoon, mostly together with a nice piece of cake, for instance the typical Dresden one: Eierschecke. The result of this cliché: beautiful cafés all over town. This article describes a few of them, but if ever you discover a non-mentioned one you like, make sure to drop it in the comments! Continue reading »