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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dresden 6/18/18

Sunday we visited two of the city's great museums. First, at the amazing Baroque complex of the Zwinger, we saw the great collection of the Gemaldegalerie, with masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Canaletto, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and many others. Then after looking at Meissen china in the porcelain collection, we had lunch at the Newmarket Square. After, we visited the Albertinum to see 19th century and 20th century paintings by Romantics like Friedrich and Expressionists like Kirchner. Jim suggested a trip outside of the city center to ride the suspension railway or Schwebebahn. Scenery nearby, overlooking the Elbe river valley resembled that in the atmospheric landscapes of the German Romantic artists. For our last dinner in the Saxon capitak, we dined at Ogura in the Hilton Hotel. - Dan

Dresden 6/17/18

Saturday we took a short flight from Munich to Dresden, a remarkable city that we visited once before about 30 years ago. During the waning days of WWII this once beautiful city with its many palaces and historic architecture was fire-bombed by the Allies in retaliation for the destruction of Coventry, England by the Luftwaffe. When we visited the historic Frauenkirche was but a ruin. However, thanks to the determination of the inhabitants of Dresden and with international assistance, the beautiful church was faithfully reconstructed using much of the original stone from the ruins. We attended two events in the church including a wonderful evening choral concert featuring three different choirs. We also visited the Dresden Royal Palace with its remarkable Green Vault that houses the largest collection of royal gems in Europe. The palace was also destroyed by the bombing in 1945, and is still under reconstruction. Today will be a day to visit the important art museums here in remarkable Dresden.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Munich 6/16/18

Friday morning, after breakfast, we walked to the new Rathaus, or City Hall, to see the popular automaton show of a tournament complete with knights in armor, and dancing figures, all assembled on balconies on the clock tower. The figures are life-sized and crowds gather in the plaza below to see them perform set to music. Our next attraction was the toy museum housed in the tower of the Old Rathaus. Jim photographed the toy trains, versions of which are in his own collection. Then in the university neighborhood we had a delicious lunch at a brasserie. We walked back to the hotel to prepare for our flight to Dresden early Saturday morning. Our final dinner in Munich was at the Konigshof, which overlooks the Konigsplatz, a large square that leads to the gates of the Old City Center. - Dan

Friday, June 15, 2018

Munich Friday 6/15/18

Thursday morning we went to the “art district” of this great city, which is near many schools. The Alte Pinakothek highlights included masterpieces by Durer, Cranach, Rembrandt, Rubens, Leonardo, Poussin and many others. Then we visited the Neue Pinakothek, which houses art from the 18th and 19th centuries, with major works by Manet, Monet, Friedrich, Bucklin, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. After a short walk to Lenbach Haus, we had an Italian lunch at cafĂ© Ella, before seeing the Lenbach’s collection of early 20th century German and other Expressionist paintings by Mark, Kandinsky, Gabriete Munter, Klee and more. After a hotel rest, we visited the Assam Kirke. (St. John Nepomuk,) an explosion of Baroque exuberant decoration. As Jim said, “this is indescribable in words, and the most ornate church anywhere.” Then we walked to the center of town, the Marienplatz, and saw the less ornate, more restrained St. Michael’s church (see photos.) An organ playing filled the elegant space with aural atmosphere. Then we saw the sad remains of the cathedral, restored after extensive WWII bomb destruction. It's towers are the tallest in Munich. We capped off the afternoon with a lavish Japanese dinner at Koi. - Dan