Day 7 – Meissen (1/5/23)

Nice leisurely start to the day, as our included tour of the Meissen China museum wasn’t until 1.30 p.m.

The coach took us on a quick tour around this pretty, small town before our guide, Gerold, took us into the porcelain museum.

Meissen is known worldwide for the quality of its porcelain. The main ingredient is kaolin (china clay) from a small local mine and it forms a particularly hard paste which fires well and, because of the felspar in it, turns glossy when fired at around 1400 ⁰C.

We were taken into several rooms where various techniques were demonstrated. All of the china is hand painted and is truly painstaking work.

Reminds me of the Potter’s Wheel – the time filler that the BBC used between programmes back in the day

Because of the manual nature of these processes, Meissen china is extremely expensive.

After this, we wandered around. To be quite frank, even though I could appreciate the craftwork, once you’ve seen one piece, you’ve seen them all. I just took the opportunity to take the weight off my feet.

Porcelain organ pipes

The ensuing tour of the town was more interesting.

Looks Catholic, but is in fact Lutheran
This was used for mayoral addresses
River Elbe
A style of roof tiles called beavertail
This is actually a school
Castle walls
The black colour is due to oxidation. Nothing to do with pollution.
16th century pub
Water level in 2002 – Meissen has a history of being flooded by the Elbe
Not the Star of David – the beer tankard indicates this place had a brewing and distilling licence!
Water levels in 1799 and 2002
This area is a deliberate flood plain. Nothing can be built on it

Meissen was founded in 929 A.D., so it is a genuinely old place.

Back to the ship for dinner.

The entertainment was a duo, one playing the piano accordion, the other the clarinet. Technically very good, even if German folk music isn’t exactly my bag.

Enjoyable enough.

So ended Day 7. Day 8 looks busy – three excursions, so time for some shut-eye.

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