A bit of reflecting after my first walk through “the Florence of the Elbe,” its character, its food, its culture… and its dreadful fate.

One of Germany’s greatest cultural centers, Dresden has held the admiration of thousands throughout its storied history. Its destruction in the waning months of World War II still causes a great deal of controversy, but despite that and forty years of communist rule, Dresden has reclaimed much of its storied glory. Follow along as I take a quick holiday trip up to the ancient city, walk its streets, partake its fairs, but most of all, consider the legacy and meaning of February 13, 1945 on the city today.