Zwinger Take 2

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

I stopped at the Zwinger at least once each day that I spent in Dresden. I couldn’t get enough of it. The place is so vast, yet somehow I felt like I was in my own little, beautiful corner of Germany. There were plenty of other visitors, but they seemed to mostly head straight for one of the three museums housed by the palace, leaving me to wander and explore completely on my own.

As I reached the top of an ornate staircase, I discovered a wide open terrace with beautiful fountains and sculptures. I drifted through empty rooms with balconies that opened up to the grand courtyard.  I found a quiet spot in the shade and imagined the festivals and tournaments that had taken place there centuries ago.

The imagination can really run wild in a place like this.

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

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Approaching Midnight

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing…”
– Edgar Allen Poe

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Wishing everyone a spooktacular Halloween!

Gaze

Paris, France

Grand

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Nouveau

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

 

Zwinger

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

To the Castle

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Eventually

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Holešovice

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

From High Above

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

From the top of the Frauenkirche, standing on wooden beams with enough give to make my stomach drop, I took in the views of Dresden. Along the river there was slight evidence of damage from the recent floods, although it was nothing compared to the destruction from the war. Old palaces and churches now repaired, brand new structures made to look old (even the Frauenkirche itself was recently rebuilt), and from high above you’d never know the difference.

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Wanderers

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany 

Dresden, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Old Town Lookout

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

View of the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle from the Old Town Bridge Tower

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

I had to get a little too close to some crunchy spiders for my liking to get these shots, but I guess they deserve to enjoy a nice view too.

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