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    ScottFM
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    I am going to be in Dresden this week which is Old Saxony where the Saxons who would become the Anglo-Saxons came from. While I am there I only have a limited amount of time and was wondering if there were any sites I should visit that would applicable to the Anglo-Saxon world that we are covering in the podcast? This is not my first trip to Dresden and I have seen other tourist things there, mostly stuff from the Saxon Kingdom era well after Old Saxony. Suggestions are appreciated!

  • #20118

    Anonymous

    Scott, if your stll there, Try to take a look at some norse raids, they are cool.

  • #20119

    anonymous
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    Scott, did you get to see anything good? I'm really interested in the exchange that could have existed between the Saxons and Anglo-Saxons. My German history is incredibly poor, so I really only know much from the British side of things.

  • #20120

    ScottFM
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    The day I arrived was a summer fair day. The entire downtown was a party. I was staying near the Frauenkirche in the center of the old town area. This was not my first trip to Dresden so I knew the area a bit. In previous visits I had gone to the Green Vault to see the amazing metal work and have taken a train south along the Elbe to the Königstein. That is an amazing place to visit as well. All of this is relatively new circa 1300 CE. This trip I wanted to go the art museum, but with the fair it was a zoo. So I walked around. Across the river there was a Saxon encampment filled with re-enactors and stalls selling metal worked souvenirs (Swords)  and other craft items. It was fun to watch, but alas, my German was not good enough to truly appreciate all that was being said during the re-enactments. This was a work trip, so I only really had one day. My meetings were a short walk from downtown near the conference center. Later in the week I finally was able to figure out where Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter House 5 POW camp was. It was only a short walk away. So I did head up there. I found the old entrance and then the actual building. There is a marker there stating what it is and on the back of the marker an excerpt, albeit in German, from the book.  That made my literary tourist day! Sorry I did not really see much in the way of earlier history. I asked a few people but it is hard finding true history geeks. Most of the people would only talk of the bombing and reconstruction. Occasionally I could engage a person on the topics of Bach and the Reformation. But that was about it. The city itself is beautiful as is the surrounding area and well worth the trip. The funniest part of my tourism was during the fair. In the gardens of the old palace was this woman playing violin. She was remarkably good. I stopped to listen while other just walked by. I noticed she was standing next to a poster of the Dresden String Ensemble. That is when I noticed that she was on that poster. When she saw me listening and then looking at the poster she did give me a nod that I had indeed figured out that she was from that professional group.

  • #20121

    Anonymous

    Sounds like you had a good time! I take it you know German?

  • #20122

    ScottFM
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    My HS German has served me well enough. I am not fluent nor conversational at all. But I can usually figure a few things out and I know how to ask for things. It is much better than my French. I travel a lot and spend time in French speaking countries (France and Swtizerland). My French is getting better with practice. Right now I am in Scotland and my Scottish is very much stale as I am out of practice! ;-) It has been a few years since I was here. The last time was just before my company took the largest layoff of Scottish workers record away from British Leyland. I remember being in my VPs office the day the PM called to try and convince him to not do it. That was a fun call to listen into.

  • #20123

    anonymous
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    Hey Scott, your trip sounds like a dream :). I do have another question, though. It was always my impression that the Saxons would have come from modern day Lower Saxony which has land on the North Sea. How connected is modern Saxony (Dresden) to its Old Saxon roots? I've read that Saxon territory has ebbed and flowed over time. Do the three Saxonies have a kind of shared culture, like the New England states in the USA?It's funny that the average person basically just talks about WWII or the Baroque period. I always have to remind myself that very few people care much about the history of the early Medieval - Renaissance. I just assumed the average European would take more interest, but our cultures aren't so that different that I should have expected as much  ;D.

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