::The Golden Tea Cup

So I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest these days and you know what that means – I just had to find something to decorate! I just love our apartment, but in all honesty, our office desktop was looking a little sad. How can I write inspiring content in a non-inspiring atmosphere?!

So what did I do? I went to my favorite antique store here in Wroclaw for inspiration, of course.

And, that’s when I found it…the golden tea cup and new theme for my office.

::Polish Pottery In Wroclaw

I am sure you have heard of Polish Pottery before, especially if you are from the States. The funny thing is that when you get to Wroclaw, there are not a ton of stores that carry it for purchase, let alone these cool ceramic necklaces (made for about $10 USD)!

Where can you find it, you ask? Well, let me tell you.

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::Dresden, Germany

As some of you may know, my goal is to travel to (at least) one new destination a month while we are living here in Poland. This month, our city was Dresden, Germany. Dresden is only a 2.5 hour drive from Wroclaw and is perfect for a one night getaway – not too big, not too small – it’s just right! We were blessed with beautiful Fall weather as we walked the streets experiencing German biergartens, outdoor markets and fabulous scenery.
Welcome to Dresden. First Stop: The market for some beer and brats, of course!

And, in our typical vacation fashion, we just walked along the streets admiring the sights…
It’s hard to imagine that Dresden was pretty much destroyed by WWII and had to be completely rebuilt from the ground up. (If you have a chance, check out this Google Image search to see the destruction that was Dresden. It will give you an even greater appreciation for the beauty of the city.)

A double decker horse cart
(Even though I am against taking carriage rides in cities, I have never seen this before and thought it warranted a photo.)
Since moving to Europe, I have a newly found obsession with doors. Dresden is no different. Ah-mazing!
The Procession of Princes – made up of 23,000 painted porcelain tiles. The procession starts with Konrad the Great (ruler from 1127-1165) and ends with Saxony’s last king – Friedrich August III (ruler 1904-1918). It’s located near the Hilton Hotel and is a sight worth seeing.
{Look for the procession on the wall straight ahead.}
Frauenkirche – Rebuilt from rubble and just reopened in 2005!
Left: The dark stones on the Frauenkirche are from the original structure.
Right: I couldn’t help but snap a photo of the gold mermaid. Halloween idea anyone?
View from the Bruhl Terrace.
And so begins our long walk to the most beautiful milk store in the world {according to the Guinness Book of World Records}. Kids, this is a FAR walk from the city and I don’t think anyone else in our group enjoyed visiting a milk store as much as I did. #sorrynotsorry We did, however, see some sights, accompanied by a great view of the city center.
And, then we found it: Pfund’s Dairy Store opened in 1880! Pictures were not allowed, but I had to try to sneak a few after making everyone walk 30+ minutes to get here 🙂 Every square inch of the store is covered in tile. Lovely. Insider tip: don’t try the buttermilk.
{Sights near the milk store included a hair salon and duster store.}
But, low and behold, all was not lost!
After a {few} beer{s}, we made our way back to mainland and found more gorgeousness in Dresden.
Next up: Zwinger Gardens – my favorite part of Dresden.
Nymph Fountain is surrounded by, you guessed it, Nymphs statues!
Just can’t get over these grounds.
Look,  we have friends! Here is an image to prove we made friends in Wroclaw 😉
So many details {as is most of Europe}.
A hot air ballon over the church. Quite possibly my favorite photo I have taken to date ❤
We finished our trip with a visit to the green vault.
Again, we weren’t able to take photos of the thousands of jewels in the vault, but here is an image from the museum of one of my favorite pieces. Insider tip: there are two ‘green’ vaults. Know which one you are interested in before you go. The historic vault requires timed admittance and tickets purchased in advance.
This is a dipiction of a birthday celebration in the far east. It is composed of 4,909 diamonds, 160 rubies, 164 emeralds, a sapphire, 16 pearls and two cameos.
All in all, Dresden is a great place to visit and we thouroughly enjoyed our time here. We are planning a return trip in December to visit the Christmas Markets that we have heard so much about. If you’re planning a trip, two days is plenty of time (unless you plan on touring every museum here – then, of course, you may need to allocate more time).
Xo my lovlies!