Dresden’s Revival

Visiting Germany this summer, I spent two days in Dresden. And although it was raining cats and dogs the whole time, I was impressed by the beautiful buildings, all rebuilt or restored after the war or even after Germany’s reunification. The Semperoper was closed, unfortunately, but I could climb to the top of the Frauenkirche. And I could marvel at the old paintings in the Zwinger. The Elbe, however, did not have enough water after the long hot summer for a boat trip. But at the Panometer, I could get an impression of how the city looked during the Baroque in Yadegar Asisi’s impressive installation.

I stayed in the charming Hotel Smetana,  and had dinner one evening at the Restaurant Stresa, which has delicious food and an excellent wine selection.

Cool Cars at Katie’s

Waking up early Saturday morning and in the mood for a drive and cool cars? Here is the place to go: Katie’s Coffee House. On Saturday mornings, car lovers from all over the region park their precious vehicles on the parking lot in Great Falls, Virginia, grab a coffee and stand in awe over old and new cars. The Washington Post had an article this week about Katie’s, I’ve been there two years ago, and it’s really worth getting up at the crack of dawn. Otherwise, you won’t get a parking spot, because the show is pretty much over at 9 am.