Dresden, Germany #3 6-13

July 8, 2013

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Spending our last day in Dresden, against Gary’s better judgment, we even attended a modern ballet in the beautiful Semperoper. It was, –huh,–interesting. Strolling back to our camp in the park it was still light enough to sit outside and enjoy the evening.

Around 3 o’clock in the morning we were suddenly awoken by a loud banging and clanging right in front of our truck. We tried to ignore it but after half an hour we peaked outside. Early vendors were already setting up their stands for the huge Friday market. We quickly moved to the other end of the park where it was quiet. When we awoke, it looked like a small village had been built overnight. As we have mentioned before, we love markets. The morning was spent shopping in what had become our backyard. Couldn’t have planned it better.

A quiet camp in the park. No one around.

A quiet camp in the park. No one around.

Overnight our peaceful camp had become a huge open market.

Overnight our peaceful camp had become a huge open market.

Fresh flowers, fresh bread, and a basket to carry it all home.

Fresh flowers, fresh bread, and a basket to carry it all home.

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We paid only €3 for 24 hours parking. For €14 around the corner, there was actually a small RV parking lot with a dump station, water and hookups. We didn't need any of that in our self-contained camper.

We paid only €3 for 24 hours parking. For €14 around the corner, there was actually a small RV parking lot with a dump station, water and hookups. We didn’t need any of that in our self-contained camper.

The Goldener Reiter statue (1736), showing Augustus the Strong, the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, dressed as a gilded Roman Emperor.

The Goldener Reiter statue (1736), showing Augustus the Strong, the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, dressed as a gilded Roman Emperor.

Dresden’s stunning Frauenkirche was originally constructed between the years 1726 and 1743. It is one of Germany’s greatest Protestant churches.

Dresden’s stunning Frauenkirche was originally constructed between the years 1726 and 1743. It is one of Germany’s greatest Protestant churches.

You can tour the city on a bicycle built for seven. Everyone peddles. Looks like fun!

You can tour the city on a bicycle built for seven. Everyone peddles. Looks like fun!

The surging Elbe River had crested 6 meters, (19.5 ft), above normal, swamping much of the city’s riverfront.

The surging Elbe River had crested 6 meters, (19.5 ft), above normal, swamping much of the city’s riverfront.

We weren't in the Black Forest, but a slice of the famous Black Forest chocolate/cheery cake was a special treat.

We weren’t in the Black Forest but a slice of the famous Black Forest chocolate/cheery cake was a special treat.

Monika’s smile was enough to chase the rain clouds away for our last day in the Dresden.

Monika’s smile was enough to chase the rain clouds away for our last day in the Dresden.

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