It is nearly five hours since we arrived in Dresden, and we instantly fell in love with it. We truly feel like we are on holiday here. This is a beautiful city. Actually, it’s a very curious city; the very old stands side by side with the very new. Those who built the very old buildings and churches centuries ago had a mania for elaborate detail, with statues sometimes attached to them that seem to be peering into the distance in order to warn of impending danger. Right near these architectural masterpieces is an avenue of post-Cold War shopping complexes, with C & A stores and others, whose builders could have erected them rather quickly. I also saw a piece of history from the time of the German ‘Democratic’ Republic, when historical information told the reader of the moment when the Soviet Army “freed” Dresden from tyranny at the end of the Second World War.
A very curious blend of the old and the new is the Frauenkirche. This magnificent church was totally destroyed by British bombing on the night of 13-14 February 1945. It is only in recent years that it has been fully restored. We will soon visit it.