Posts Tagged ‘Leipzig’

Glass in Leipzig

September 27th, 2016


Annually, one of the many successful German regional dental exhibitions is held in the very attractive city of Leipzig.

You’ve seen images of stands, hallways, conference rooms and snack bars. But how about a view of a lovely building near the Old Town centre….




After the fair ended last Saturday, I had time to roam the town centre on a lovely, sunny late-summer’s day.
The streets were full of people. There were various types of markets: food, groceries, flowers – and the arts.
It was one special stand that caught my eye: Glass Pens.
There they were, being produced before my very eyes. Lovely ones, of every possible design and color.


“Try them out”, he and she invited. And they worked; perfectly. In fact, one dip in the old-style (Parker Quink?) liquid, and you had enough on the pen to write a postcard home.

And what variety of colors and designs….










They also were producing and selling beautiful wooden stands..






And special bottles, designed like inkwells.




Apparently the history of these goes back to the mid 17th Century. The need came from the limited lifespan of then current writing plumes. Glass was already recognized as something that may break, but did not wear, and that was important.

Am I allowed to so a little promotion here? The relevant website is Includes an online shop.
And, according to the makers, if you break them, you just gather the pieces together, send them back, ands they will be repaired like new. That’s a free service (you just pay for the postage).

Of course I bought some. You would have as well.

Smile – Support your dentist


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Leipzig sinking while Hamburg floats

September 10th, 2013

I was in Leipzig a few days ago, to attend he first of what are known in German as the ‘Fach-Dental’ exhibitions. These are regional dental meetings held every year during the Fall.

There used to be 8 of them, but they are now down to 5. The market is flats, and the attendance figures just continue to go down. Add to that the reluctance of dealers and suppliers to spend so much on stands, and the dealers’ interest in spending the money on their own ‘open houses’, then the trend becomes predictable.

The other exhibitions this year will be held in Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Hamburg.

The ‘missing’ locations are, believe it or not, the capital, Berlin, then Düsseldorf and Hannover.

But while Leipzig had some complaints (some of which could be blamed on the lovely weather), Hamburg showed me some views of its newly refurbished ‘Hafen-City’ (post city). Even in the rather dismal weather, the sights had a certain attraction..

Thin building about to enter eye of the needle

Old building grows green beard

Cars and bikes and those 2-wheeled things

Still life

Drink, drive and swim…

This was also not built in a day

Actually, NOT the best view of Hamburg

No idea how to play the trombone

Smile – Support your dentist

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