[ Aug.2015 ] I think that the first time I learned the name Elbe was in a history class at school.
It is famous for the meeting of the US forces and Soviet forces during WW2.
The actual place they met was in Torgau, which is north of Dresden, where I took this photo.
This was my first time seeing this famous river.
The weather was very nice and there were hot-air balloons blowing up on the riverbank and many were flying over the city.
I really wanted to have a ride, so we went over to the bank and got a leaflet from the staff there.
Though it was written only in German, we understood that they were doing it everyday and we could book online.
So we had a look at the website and found, again, it was only in German.
We learned on this holiday that in Germany, not very many people speak English and the tourism there is targeted only at German people.
This balloon company was the first example of our experience.
So we asked the hotel receptionist to call them, but unfortunately all the flights were booked up.
I had a balloon flight in Turkey, but it would be a different and enjoyable experience flying over the city...