There is nothing like a good rain gear. Now it rains already the fourth day.
Departure from Bautzen in the direction of Nikolaitor.
The Spree is already suspiciously flooded.
A first cross with Sorbian writing appears. Many are to follow.
A half-timbered house in Niederuhna in need of some renovation.
We come to the Millennium Monument. There is also a wayside cross there.
In 2000 a monument was erected to the Greek brothers Cyril and Methodius, who missioned in the Great Moravian Empire in the 9th century.
The guide says: "The crosses symbolize the fruit of their mission growing out of the earth". Otherwise I would have thought it was a sunken cemetery.
We march on to Dreikretscham and see many flooded meadows.
In this inn we stop for lunch and refresh ourselves with a pilgrim soup.
On the walls hang the pictures of the Sorbian ancestors.
The service is extremely friendly and courteous. We feel really comfortable.
After the lunch break we continue along the Way of St. James (signpost on the tree on the left) ...
... and it's not raining anymore!!!
Again and again we encounter these crosses.
The church of Storcha is reached.
To my great joy, I discover a Nepomuk in the church, which is immediately added to my collection.
We leave the church of Storcha ...
... and pass a pilgrim hostel.
Under one roof is coffee, cake and drinks for pilgrims. But we go on.
The village is called "Alte Ziegelscheune" (Old Brick Barn)!
We have reached our hiking destination for today, the Cistercian monastery of Marienstern.