Sunday, August 25, 2013

Last day in Germany

For my last day in Germany, we traveled back to the Brandenburger Tor and the Parliament Building. It was great to revisit some of the places I experienced my first day in Berlin. 


Brandenburger Tor


Parliament Building


All the German goodies I took back to remember the country by!


The flight home 

I will forever be grateful to my friend Johanna for guiding me in my first European travel experience. She and her family were so kind and generous in providing me with a place to stay and food to eat. I had a wonderful time living in a new country where I didn't know the language, all thanks to the love and support from my friend and her family!

Danke to everyone I met in Germany and I hope to visit you again soon! 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Detour to... the Czech Republic

One day, we went hiking in the Czech Republic. It was so easy to just cross the border and get into a new country- I was shocked! The views were glorious and there was beer and food waiting for us at the top of the hike.




Me crossing the border into the Czech Republic!



Inside České Švýcarsko National Park (aka Bohemian Switzerland) in the Czech Republic-Hrensko





The Pravčická brána (Prebischtor in German) which was featured in the first Chronicles of Narnia movie







The narrow river we had to travel through by boat to get back to the park entrance.


The boat about 20 of us hikers fit in to travel along the canal.


The man who shuttled us along was great and pointed out landmarks that they put into the riverbed shores to amuse tourists.

I was certainly not expecting to travel to the Czech Republic on my trip to Germany, but I am certainly glad we did because of the breathtaking views and memories we made on the journey.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Moritzburg

One day, we visited Moritzburg, which is within Meissen.


Schloss Moritzburg (Moritzburg Castle) is a hunting lodge, so many of the walls inside were covered with red deer antlers and actual leather. 





Walking down the steps of the castle that were used in a Czech Republic version of Cinderella.




The Little Pheasant Castle (Fasanenschlösschen)


Lighthouse


Johanna and I enjoyed the beautiful sun at Moritzburg


The best part about Moritzburg was that Johanna's relatives whom we stayed with in Dresden were married in the church inside the castle!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Radebeul, Dresden

On the way back from Meissen, we visited a town called Radebeul. 
It had a wine vineyard so of course we had to stop. 


Schloss Wackerbarth


Views of the vineyard




We didn't try the wine, but the grapes all around the vineyard sure were good!

Meissen

Onto Meissen, known for its porcelain manufacturing company. 
The castles and medieval streets were gorgeous.



Albretchsburg and Cathedral


Town square in Meissen 


City street


Inside the Meissen Porcelain Manufacturing Company


A demonstration of how porcelain is made


Me next to porcelain tiles in the museum


Flowers made entirely of porcelain




Outside the manufacturing museum


Me and Johanna with German bratwurst!


Views from around Meissen




Albretchsburg 




Meissen was yet another wonderful German city with lots of history and brilliant views from all over. From the cobble stone streets and row houses, to the castle and cathedral, Meissen had so much to love.