Dresden

Sometimes called ‘Florence on the Elbe’ or ‘The Florence of the North’ Dresden is the capital of Saxony. As a result of its long and colourful history, it has architectural styles ranging from the Baroque of the Saxon prince-kings (the Zwinger; Frauenkirche; Stahlhof; Fürstenzug; Brühlsche Terrasse) to the faceless concrete blocks of the post-war communist era (Plattenbau housing; Kulturpalast) and the wide streets and squares of the ideal socialist city. Further along the Elbe is the beautiful ‘Blaues Wunder’ the name for the Loschwitz Bridge.

I went to live and work in Dresden in 2003, and love this city. On this page you can see pictures that I have taken, and images of the city. I arrived 14 years after die Wende (the turning) following the collapse of the IGB and the reunification of Germany in 1989. Much had changed, but much also remained of the former East Germany. Traces of the dreadful bombing can still be seen, particularly in the area of Friedrichstadt at Slaughterhouse Five and the Alter Schlachthof in Pieschen where I saw Errol Dixon performing boogie woogie. Dresden was a fascinating place to live and work, from the bohemian Neustadt (go to Flower Power on Eschenstraße 11 for snooker and beer ‘vom faß’), to the cutting-edge of science at the MPI. Gerald & Anette, dear friends from Chemnitz, whom we first met in the ferry queue on the way out to Dresden, were very kind to me, taking me all over Saxony and Thuringia. Schloss Colditz became a favourite place to visit.

The MPI-CBG remains the best place I have ever worked, and I have very fond memories of the people and the place. When I left, I wrote: “A part of my heart shall always reside in Dresden where I have been so transparently happy. You have written upon the tapestry of my heart with all the iridescent beauty of the spectral palette.”