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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.

Schloß Grünsberg, Germany

I’ve always imagined castles as daunting stone buildings perched high on mountains, above a river or pass or cliff, isolated and majestic. We passed this teeny one on the roadside, partly hidden and on a curve no less, on our way to Burgthann. Of course it warranted a stop. I’m not sure it can be categorically labelled a castle, but hey, if your house has a bridge over a stream leading under an arch to an inner courtyard with room for sword battles and cavalry, I guess it could be a castle!

Schloß Grünsberg #

This is the approach to the inner courtyard. Red and white stripes on the castle doors and shutters stand for Franconia, a hill-and-dale type region of Bavaria.

Schloß Grünsberg #

The oval plaque in the center commemorates the deaths of Adolph Freiherr Stromer von Reichenbach and his Aunt Sophie. Schloß Grünsberg was a former holding of the Stromer von Reichenbach family, first mentioned in 1254. “Freiherr” is the baronial title; a family member was once mayor of Nürnberg.

Schloß Grünsberg #

It’s rumored that the circular-patterned windows on the second floor are “lunar glass panes” from Venice. Appararently the castle is open every first Sunday or by appointment with Rotraut, the existing baroness, administering the cultural heritage of the Stromer holdings.

More photos can be found in 2013.05.01 Nürnberg.

Schloß Grünsberg #

PS: Nürnberg is the same as Nuernberg or Nuremberg. The letter “u” translates to “ue” and “ß” to “ss” if German characters aren’t available.

Frühling, Germany

Land of fairytale forests,

Gebersdorf #

rivers lined with weeping willows,

Gebersdorf #

far too many castles to count,

Burgthann #

and inspiring landscapes…

Kalchreuth #

To paint in the same location as Albrecht Dürer, himself a native son of Nürnberg, was exciting to discover.

Kalchreuth #

To once again experience history spanning millennia never gets old.

Burgthann #

Germany, we’re back! More photos can be found in 2013 Nürnberg.

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