Well, after a couple of days doing very little near Dresden, other than getting surreptitiously baked in the middle of a family campsite and reading about child-murdering French satanists, I've finally moved on and am in Prague. I did stop in Dresden briefly and can't say I was wildly impressed. It's exactly that sort of tedious Baroque nonsense that really bores me to tears. For all its putative refinement the Baroque is hugely crude in its overstatement of everything it has to say; it's the sort of thing a provincial housewife would have as an ornament on the mantelpiece. The Albertinum museum is pretty cool though - an incredible piece of architecture with some quite good pieces in the collection.
Prague has gone startlingly well so far. Somewhat against my better judgement I took advantage of the Schengen Agreement's consequences for border controls without any ill effects. Not an experiment I will be repeating but helpful in this instance. After driving across the rather monotonous Czech landscape and fighting with an out-of-date sat-nav route through the centre of Prague, I made it to an implausible campsite quite near the centre of Prague; it's essentially in the garden of a hostel and it's very cool. I was greeted by the owner dressed in full red indian costume as he emerged from the giant teepee. Hugely friendly reception. Reggie did me proud once again: immediately the centre of attention. But in this case it wasn't just the usual - they are getting a promotional film made in two days time and their new logo is a pale blue VW bus! There was talk of significant discounts if I stay around so Reggie can be in the film... think I might well stick around and see what happens :-) And... Free Wifi. And... ice cold draught Czech beer for 50p a half litre 15 paces from my bus. Wow.