Welcome to this month’s post for “Open Your Eyes” series.
So far we have been looking at the interesting articles and incidents I have come across during my travels. And both the previous post was the result of what I read from the magazines during the flight.
This month I am going to talk about how worthy it would be to keep your ears open. Pick up a talk with the locals and learn tons of interesting stories about the places.
Yes, more than reading the books, a small interaction with local people during your travel will show you a completely a different perspective of the place you visit. Most of them would be new information that you can never find on books or on the internet.
These interesting things pass by word of mouth for generations down the line. Few such interesting incidents are what we are going to see today.
So, which is the place we are looking for this week?
Dresden, Capitol of Saxony
Its Dresden, the lost city in World War II in Germany.
Last month I was in Dresden during the Easter vacation. Even though I have been here for more than a couple of times before in the
Frauenkirche Church or the “Our Lady” church as local calls it. This church was destroyed completely in World War II. All that was left was just one portion of the wall on one side as shown below.
Want to see how Dresden looked after the World War II destruction?Visit here for more detailed pictures.
When this lost city of World War II was under the GDR [German Democratic Republic], they could not get this restored and the site was lying in the same situation for almost 50 years as a memorial. After the Berlin wall came down, and they merged into today’s Germany, things started to change. Locals started initiating efforts to crowdsource funds and propagated to rebuild this historical place as it stood there once.
This is the history I have read on the internet too. What was new is, behind the scene of this construction as I heard from the local. This gentleman, Thomas Vomfei, was born and bought up in Dresden and shared some very interesting happenings as he witnessed through his life.
So, here it is, the top 3 of his interesting shares.
- Frauenkirche Church construction details
- Story of Banana. No not of Minions, but very own from Dresden.
- Thumb of Augusto II the strong.
Thanks to technology. The ruins that were left out, were picked, scanned to capture it as computer images and tried to identify the right locations for the stones by simulation. And the team tried to use the crumbled stones and rocks and place it as suggested by the computer simulations. In other words, those rocks and stones were placed in the same places as they were before the bombing. Interesting, right?
Do you notice the wall with many black stones on the left side of the above picture? Yes, that is the original wall that escaped World War II. And if you watch closely, you should see a few more of the stones on the reconstructed walls looking dark black in color. These are nothing but the original stones that were identified to be in this location by computer simulation and placed in the right location on the wall.
When did all these happen or completed? Not so far, just in 2005. That is exactly how Dresden, the lost city in World War II, was back to its glory!
The Banana Story
Being under communist control had its own pros & con – depends on with whom you talk!. For GDR, they had difficulties in finding any tropical fruits back in those days. None of the countries was ready to export such fruits to these places.
The person shared his memories of how the news about “Banana” would spread like wildfire in their town, the moment it arrives in any of the shops. Within a few minutes, it will be out of stock and they need to wait for next shipment – may be a month or even more!
So, on the day of the
Thumb of Augusto II the strong
Another interesting thing he shared was about the power of Augusto’s thumb. Now, when I asked him if this is true, the spontaneous answer was “I don’t know. But this is a myth that is been passed from Generation to Generation.“
Hey, I am not here to research the authenticity of the fact. But let it be a myth or fact, but I found it interesting and so here I am sharing it with you my readers.
So, what is all about?
There is a place called Bruehi’s terrace near Our Lady Church. This terrace is on top of the olden days Fort walls. If you walk the
The myth is King Augusto II, the Strong, was standing near this Iron fence and to show his power, he just pressed the rail. And even today you can see the impression of his thumb on this iron rail.
As I mentioned before, I am not getting into the Myth vs Fact. But don’t you see how interesting it is to hear about such history directly from the horse’s mouth?
Hope you enjoyed this month series and learned something new aboutDresden, the lost city in World War II, and how it regained its glory back.
See you with another interesting observation in the next month for my Open Your Eyes series. And you too, keep your eyes open during the travel!
Because, it’s the Journey that matters!!!