Leipzig - Part 2: The City...

Finally the second part of my visit to Leipzig in Germany last month. I meant to post this ages ago (yes, nearly three weeks ago!), but life (including a short break with Monsieur in Valencia as well as a lot of work) and events kinda got in the way and played on my mind. I eventually sat down last Friday evening and started writing, but the memories of Leipzig already seemed so far away and got overshadowed by new and horrific events. Since then I've deleted and rewritten this post over and over again, not sure what to say. Sitting here in London with a sky so grey, clouds hanging low and seemingly endless rain, I don't only feel ready to hibernate (which isn't a bad thing), but also feel my mood getting a little more subdued. The events in Paris shocked and saddened me deeply (no matter how long I've been living away from that city, in my heart, it'll always be my home) and I started to think about what is important in life. Blogging suddenly seemed frivolous, self-indulgent and pointless... 

These thoughts have played heavily on my mind since then. Thinking about what is important, why I do the things I do and what a meaningful life looks like. I don't have the answers to most questions of course, all I can assume is that it's the same for me as it is for many other people. Life trickles along, we do the best we can, try and be kind, keep our loved ones close and look for happiness in as many moments and places as we can. Maybe striving to be happy and fulfilled isn't shallow but an important part of living life as fully as possible and something we owe to ourselves as well as to anybody who isn't lucky enough to make that choice anymore... 

Part of being happy for me then means being able to travel no matter how close or far. So, for now I'm going back to Leipzig and the second part of my weekend there: the city. If you've missed the first part, you can find it here. Discovering new cities, no matter how short on time, is one of the best things about travelling. I'm not much of a "let's chill on a beach for two weeks" sort of person, preferring to wander streets, admire architecture, watch people and learn a little about the history. 

Having been on the map since the 11th century, Leipzig is of course full of history as well as being the largest city in the German state of Saxony with over half a million inhabitants. The composer Johann Sebastian Bach was choirmaster and played the organ at the St Thomas Church, the same church where the reformer Martin Luther preached on Pentecost Sunday in 1539. Leipzig is also home to the Auerbachs Keller (Auerbach's Cellar), a restaurant dating back to the 15th century and the place where scenes of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust are based. 

Leipzig was also part of the GDR (German Democratic Republic, aka East Germany) from 1949 until the wall came down in 1990 which meant travelling there during that time was pretty much impossible. This means that my own knowledge of the city's history has always been fairly patchy and the picture I had in my head was completely different from what I actually experienced and saw. What I saw was a beautiful city full of stunning old buildings, a city with a vibrant art scene, close-by forests and lakes, cobbled streets, an amazing amount of cultural history and many friendly people. Oh, and the most fabulous brunch at Café Grundmann of course! I hope my images will give you a glimpse of this city and an idea of its beauty.

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Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post and invited by Simply Saxony, however, text, opinions and photos are my own.