München, Germany

Spring! #

Munich was the third stop in the Bavarian tour. I had been here on a day trip years ago, to see Albrecht Dürer’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in the Alte Pinakothek. This time around, I had lots of time to wander. Spring is a glorious time; leaves are sprouting and sometimes there are early flowers, like these on a chestnut tree in the Viktualienmarkt.

Gargoyles galore #

The apartment was just a few steps away from the market and the Marienplatz. Given that I had only a few days, I decided to concentrate on the Innen Altstadt (the city center). (Next time the BMW Factory Tour!) In the morning, the interplay of light and shadow among the many spires and statues and gargoyles of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) is absolutely beautiful. A Glockenspiel captivated the plaza with its animation, and a street performer entertained a friend with stories of rich Saudi Arabians in the summertime.

Odeonsplatz #

The Temple of Diana#

The Odeonsplatz is another big square, a popular meeting place for tourists, tour groups, and locals alike. A Baroque cathedral, the Theatinerkiche just to the right of the Feldherrenhalle (Field Marshall Hall) was another main attraction. Directly across the Odeonsplatz was the Hofgarten, a large square that on this sunny day was the perfect location for painting (and dozing on the grass).

Strikeria! #

I arranged to meet my friend Adriana, who has lived in Munich for 8 years now. Her German is excellent, to my ears at least! (Here’s a picture of us in Twist Collective’s blog; unfortunately my mouth was filled with macaron, lol.) We took the tram to Strickeria, where we put our (knit) finishing skills to use. A bit of back story: Football club Bayern München had won the national championship and were set to play Dortmund Borussia for the Champions League title. Local radio station Bayern 3 sent out a call for knitted squares—red and white—to be sent in to create the “World’s Longest Fan Scarf”. Boxes and boxes of the squares were then brought over to Strickeria, and we happened to be there when Bayern 3 filmed one of their segments. We set to work; at the time there were three massive rolls of knitted scarf and the deadline loomed: threee days to go! Pathetic me only managed to finish a meter-long segment; the resulting scarf was 1.6 kilometers long!

Special thanks to Adriana for guiding us all over town on such short notice, and for feeding my fabric and yarn stash!

More photos can be found in 2013 München.

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