Above is a building in the process of restoration. If you look closely, you can see the motifs and bas reliefs that are being restored.
Here is a close up, above
It seems like everywhere you look, building is in process.
We were serenaded by this group of band members with some spectacular voices.
The Furstenzug, the Saxon sovereigns, is truly an awesome sight. There is my hubby walking along the footpath.
Dresden has rejuvenated itself into a lively and important city.
Horses in line for buggy rides through the city.
I have been to many cities, but none of them has affected me like Dresden. Knowing that the Aldstadt, old town, was nearly wiped out and the civilian casualties were close to 25,000 gives a person experiencing the city for the first time a ghostly feeling. Over 8,000 pounds of explosives were dropped on this part of the city by the RAF and 650,000 incendiaries were dropped by the USA Air Force.
Kurt Vonnegut saw the raid when he was a POW and wrote the novel Slaughterhouse-Five in memory of that experience. I read this novel in high school over 40 years ago. At the time, it didn't resonate with me -- a young girl anticipating college and all life had to offer. Now, with more life behind me, I stood in the courtyard above and imagined the photos I've seen since of bodies filled high to the sky. Today, they are still debating the necessity of bombing Dresden. Yes, it did contribute to the end of Hitlers reign of terror, but the cost of the innocents is what lingers to haunt visitors today.