We’re starting to get settled into Leipzig: learning our way around town, figuring out the transportation, locating the grocery stores, testing out numerous gelato places, and loving it. (After all, we’ll be here as long as we were in our new house!)
Until today, we’ve spent a lot of time wandering inside the ring, which is where our apartment is located. We’ve popped into some interesting shops, explored the market, and visited both Thomaskirche, where Bach was cantor, and Nikolaikirche, where peace-prayer meetings were held before the events of 1989. We also spent several hours in the fascinating Stadt Museum, which tells the 1000-year history of the city of Leipzig.
After attending a service at Nikoliakirche this morning, we hopped on the S Bahn and headed out to the Monument to the Battle of the Nations. The Battle of the Nations took place in 1813, when a coalition of nations handily defeated Napoleon and sent him retreating back to France. The monument itself is fascinating and sobering, but today there was some kind of boat competition going on in the pool in front of the monument. Several homemade boats raced across the pool, and then there was a “last person standing” type competition where competitors tried to knock each other off rafts and into the pool. It was great fun to watch and there were a number of booths around the pool set up selling ice cream, goods, beer, etc. I felt like we got to glimpse a bit of non-touristy Leipzig this afternoon.