Leipzig surpasses all expectations on its first visit shortly after New Year's Eve. In my memory it was a grey industrial city in the GDR, where lignite created a depressing atmosphere.
The city of Dresden used to be one of the most splendid and baroque cities in Germany. How different it was the first time I visited the city shortly after the Berlin Wall came down. I met a man there and together we travelled through the recently liberated Eastern European countries and Turkey, which had a profound impact on me.