German Odyssey

By Monique Burns  When Saxony’s rulers really wanted to let down their hair, they headed just outside Dresden to castles and country houses along the River Elbe.  There they hunted in the open air, cultivated fine wines, and oversaw porcelain-making and other pursuits.  Visitors to the Saxon Elblands can still

By Monique Burns  South of Berlin, north of Prague and west of Warsaw, Germany’s eastern reaches are rarely associated with the kind of over-the-top grandeur found at Louis XIV’s Versailles or Peter the Great’s St. Petersburg.  But, for 800 years, the lords of Saxony turned Dresden, their capital city, into