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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

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Allegro on the Elbe – 6 Dresden

 

Dresden is the capital of Saxony and it is built on both sides of the Elbe. In 1945, it was a town of no strategic importance, full of historic buildings from the XV century onwards. Inexplicably, the Allies flattened the city  with mass bombing raids, destroyed its historic centre, and killed 35,000 of its inhabitants.

Remarkably, while it was part of the GDR,  master stone-masons and artisans of all trades were recruited to rebuild the town in its original form. I hope the following photographs will give some idea of their success. Note that the blackened portions of the buildings and statuary are the serviceable remains of the bombed-out structures which the restorers were able to incorporate in their work.

We drew into the dock in the centre of Dresden at nighttime.

Click on the pictures for detail:

Dresden at night . . . .

Dresden at night . . . .

 

. . . . .. .View from the top deck.

. . . . .. .View from the top deck.

 

Morning  view . . . .

Morning view . . . .

 

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 . . note the wall-length frieze on the left

. . note the wall-length frieze on the left

 

. . . . .detail . . . .

. . . . .detail . . . .

 

 . . . .detail . . . .

. . . .detail . . . .

 

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. . . . . detail , . . . .

 

SONY DSC

Massively carved portico . . .

 

 . . . to think that these have been created by  modern craftsmen within the last 50 years!

. . . to think that these buildings have been created by modern craftsmen within the last 50 years!

 

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There is fine statuary in every niche . . . .

There is fine statuary in every niche . . . .

 

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 . . .and bronzes everywhere . . .

. . .and bronzes everywhere . . .

 

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Inner courtyard of the restored Palace

Inner courtyard of the restored Palace

 

 . . . crowded!

. . . crowded!

 

Heroic style

Heroic style

 

Courtyard

Courtyard

 

Medieval style

Medieval style

 

Romantic style.

Romantic style.

 

. . . . . and so, on to Bad Schandau and Swiss Saxony . . . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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