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Allegro on The Elbe – 5 Meissen

 

 

We docked in Meissen, in the evening, immediately opposite the Albrechtsburg Castle which towers above the river. The Castle was the original home of the State Porcelain Factory. Since 1865 it was moved to the purpose-built premises in the middle of town where we paid it a tourist visit–complete with guided tour and longing look around the factory shop.

The 15th century town is well worth seeing in its own right. It has a odd feature, though: many of the numerous dormer windows are tiled to represent eyelids which give the impression of eyes peering down  from the roofs at the street below them. As you wander round the square, you have an uneasy feeling that the buildings are keeping a beady eye on you!

Click on the pictures for detail:

Our first sight of the impressive Albrechtsburg Castle

Our first sight of the impressive Albrechtsburg Castle

 

Window shopping

Window shopping

 

A 'must-read' in a Meissen bookshop

A ‘must-read’ in a Meissen bookshop

 

The demo starts . . . . .

The demo starts . . . . .

 . . . . the porcelain is being potted  . . . . .

. . . . the porcelain is being potted . . . . .

 

 . . . . the finished clay . . .

. . . . the finished clay . . .

 

 . . . . sculpted clay . . . .

. . . . sculpted clay . . . .

 

. . . assembly begins . . .

 

. . . . decoration . . .

. . . . decoration . . .

 

Ready for firing

Ready for firing

 

Finished samples for sale . . . .

Finished samples for sale . . . .

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All prices are in Euros!

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Showpiece

Showpiece

Back to the Town Square . . .

Back to the Town Square . . .

The eyes have it!

The eyes have it!

Festive shop window display . . . .

Festive shop window display . . . .

All aboard again . . . .

All aboard again . . . .

 . . . . . and sailing away to Dresden.

. . . . . and sailing away to Dresden.

To be continued.

 

 

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