When I got off the packed train from Bratislava I was in majestic Dresden, one of the most beautiful cities, if not THE most beautiful, in Europe. Jochen and I walked around the core of the city and each building was more brilliantly illuminated than the one beside it.
The garlands of white lights created a mood of magic. I noticed that in Europe the decorations for Christmas are all in white … coloured lights are not used, and the result is much more effective, at least for me. There was no snow on the ground and it almost felt like spring, yet the white lights created a sense of snowy winter.
From Dresden we drove eastward to an area very close to the Czech border and I settled into my temporary home: the Gasthaus Wolfbrunn in Hartenstein, Germany.
When I woke up in the morning and looked out of my window this is the view that welcomed me into a new day. After two days of being pampered in the Hartenstein/Schneberg area we headed over the pass that was once the highest point in East Germany and crossed into the Czech Republic. Teplice was our destination where the New Year was to be welcomed by us: Jochen, Catalina, Leonardo. Miran and me.
And now it started to snow, adding to the already existing brilliance of all the sparkling little white lights that decorated the tree and square outside of my hotel room.
The first of January was celebrated with a beautiful afternoon concert that was conducted by friend Miran, from Croatia. On the second of January a train transported me from Teplice to Prague for yet another “New Year” concert at the State Opera, locally called the Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall. And now I am sitting in my hotel room recalling the fabulous past few days; days full of good food, drink but above all amazing warm camaraderie … a perfect way to usher in a year that has already started off so very beautifully! WELCOME 2016!!!