So here comes the story I actually wanted to post some weeks ago, before the whole book thing happened.
This is part 1/2
A few weeks ago the Doctor visited me in my homecity Dresden. After he had showed me around London so nicely
, I wanted to reciprocate. Sorry, it became quite a few pictures. So here is our sightseeing:
We started at the River Elbe - Dresden has the oldest and biggest fleet of steamboats in the whole world.
Not of much use for us because of the ice floes, though. He must come back in Sommer for a ride with these.
This is the Ministry of Finance. In Summer people sit at the stairs, because down at the ground is a stage and a screen and there are concerts and movies with the historical city silhouette as a background. Very nice!
Alongside the River Elbe is the Elbe bikeway, where not only bicycles can be seen but also people with inline skates, dogs or children buggies.
There even was a bit of snow left so the Doctor could try out his new sledge.
Sorry Doctor, you'll have to come back in Summer for the beer garden!
This is the so called "Golden Rider", it is Saxonian King August the Strong. It was him who collected all the jewelry and paintings which now can be seen in museums, and let erect the baroque buildings. Without him Dresden would not be what it is today.
Another famous man was Bernardo Bellotto, called Canaletto. He was a painter who made lots of paintings about the city. The most famous one shows the complete silhouette and at the place where he must have been standing they put a picture frame so you have the same view.(There also were a man and a woman at the time I was making those pictures, and I showed mine to the man, and he called over his wife and said: "Have you seen, it looks as if he is really standing there!" and she asked: "What, the Ken?")
This is the Doctor sitting on the Augustus Bridge, one of many bridges over the River Elbe. It is the oldest and made from sandstone (as most buildings in Dresden are).
Now we're at the other side of the river and are standing in front of the opera house, built by Gottfried Semper. That's why it's also simply called "Semper-Oper".
The memorial in front of the opera shows King Johann. Yes, we had many of them.
At the left is the Catholic chapel royal (King August converted from Evangelic to Catholic just to become King in Poland) and at the right the Dresden Castle.For this picture I had to lay down on my belly and surely amused a lot of people.
And now we're at the "Zwinger", it was built as a place to have celebrations like weddings, with many people. It also has many museums, a porcelain collection, a collection of historical scientic instruments, weapons and the art gallery, of which the most famous picture is Raphael's "Sistine Madonna".
This is the "Kronentor" (Crown Gate), the main entrance.When I made this picture a tourist woman asked: "Excuse me, is this little man standing there all the time?"
Here's a layout of the inside of the Zwinger:
During Summer time of course there are fountains and flowerbeds.
The entry in the background has a glockenspiel made from Meissen porcelain. Each day at 3 PM it plays a nice melody.
Well, at this time I started to worry about the Doctor. I know, Timeloards do have a slightly lower body temperature than humans, but in this snow, only with Converse and a thin suit, that can't be healthy. I wouldn't want to be responsible if he had to regenerate because of a cold, as he looked a bit frozen. So we decided to leave the rest of the sightseeing for another day and went home by Tram.Here I became the amusement of some children when their mum called: "Look, a little uncle!"
In my flat I tried to make the Doctor comfortable and warm, but I'll leave those pictures for the second part. Here is a little teaser though: