Mark's GPS tracker is addictive! I may not have managed a foreign holiday myself this summer but I feel like I'm travelling every time I check in to see where he has reached.
A couple of hours ago he was on the banks of the River Elbe and about to enter Meissen. Time for a quick Geography lesson..... Meissen is mostly famous as the birthplace of European porcelain. You can read about it here in Wikipedia. There are usually good geographical reasons for the location of industry and Meissen is no exception. A clue as to why Meissen became associated with porcelain manufacture can be seen in the botton right of the image above. In and around Meissen were large deposits of a clay called kaolin (still mined today) which is an essential raw material for the ceramic industry.