Today was our last full day in Dresden. We did a lot, and were satisfied. Before we caught the tram into town, we found Knoopstrasse, named after Wilhelm Knoop. Wilhelm Knoop was a partner in the bank, Robert Thode & Co, owned by our relative, Robert Thode. My great-grandfather, Felix Thode, whom I mention in other blog posts, knew Wilhelm Knoop. We have correspondence from Knoop to Felix who criticised Felix when he was staying in Namslau (Hotel Schwarzer Adler) as a young man. Wilhelm Knoop said 'You shouldn't be staying in expensive hotels', and 'Why are you travelling in carriages - a young man like you should walk!' Wilhelm Knoop later became the Chairman of the Dresdner Bank. He'd also been honorary consul for the US and Mexico and was somewhat philanthropic in Loschwitz.
We popped into the Altmarkt Gallerie, a massive shopping centre running the length of the Wilsdruffer Strasse. Jean bought me a new German football shirt, 'Deutscher Fussball Bund'. We browsed in a bookshop, and I found several German language books for refugees and asylum seekers, a sure indication of the recent Syria crisis, and Germany's absorption of nearly a million refugees.