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Leipzig Germany

Federal Court House

I took a 7 hour train ride to Leipzig Germany to visit Christine the foreign exchange student that stayed with us last year. Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony in Germany with a population of 502,000. It is the largest business district in German and even with its history, quite modern. The name is derived from the Slavic word Lipsk, which means "settlement where the linden trees stand". It is situated at the confluence of the Rivers Pleiße, White Elster and Parthe. First documented in 1015, and endowed with city and market privileges in 1165, the city of Leipzig has fundamentally shaped the history of Saxony and of Germany. Leipzig has always been known as a place of commerce. The Leipzig Trade Fair, which began in the middle ages, became an event of international importance; especially as a point of contact to the East-European economic bloc (Comecon) of which East Germany was a member.

Government Building

Playing with Carlo

This is Christine's Killer Cat Carlo.

The Memorial for the Battle of Nations where Napoleon was defeated

Court House Glass

I got out of Jail Free!

Coming out of the Federal Court House.

Christine and Mum

Christine's Dad Jens

Ballroom in the court house

Tour Guide for the court house

Drinking Water Pipes

In Leipzig (as with many older cities in Europe) water pipes for drinking water are above ground. The original water systems provide water that is not safe to drink because of hundreds of years of sedimentation and they are so poorly mapped that it is not safe to put the new pipes underground. Breaking some of the old water lines and underground waterways could have devastating flooding.