We’ve been getting nicer weather off and on, and then this week it went up into the high 80s Fahrenheit. Although I normally don’t like hot weather, it’s been veeeery nice.
So now I’m going to show you a lot of stuff I’ve done in the past month or so, in between everything else. It’s gonna be quick, because it’s already pretty late…
There was the day I went church visiting and photographed St Lukas, one of the big Lutheran churches:
It will get into its own longer post, eventually…
And another time I was just walking around the old town and went to the Viktualienmarkt beer garden
The weather wasn’t that great yet, but it was warm enough that it was packed.
Because I don’t show enough of non-church Munich.
The old Rathaus (town hall).
Then I walked through the Hofgarten — the garden in the Residenz, which is mentioned in “The Waste Land” as one of the symbols of dying Europe:
Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
Bin gar keine Russin, stamm’ aus Litauen, echt deutsch.
This really deserves a longer post, too. I’ll go back when it’s sunnier and take more.
Shh, Otto von Wittelsbach doesn’t know yet that Europe died.
You can see the Theatinerkirche (a church that I STILL haven’t posted about, despite photographing it in September) from inside the garden.
The entrance to the Hofgarten is right alongside Odeonsplatz and the Feldherrnhalle, built by King Ludwig I.
One day during Holy Week, I visited Kloster Andechs, which will also get its own post.
You hike to Andechs from Herrsching, which sits on the coast of the Ammersee:
And in the week after Easter, I made a daytrip to Regensburg:
That’s the Danube, y’all. I touched it. (And the oldest stone bridge in Europe.)
I pretty much ate gelato in all of these places. Regensburg will of course get its own huge post, hopefully sooner rather than later…
This weekend, when the really nice weather started, I went to the Englisher Garten, famous for its naked people. (I saw some, but only from a comfortable distance.)
This is in the area of the university, where funny stuff happens more (I guess??)
I read on the grass in the sun, greasy in my newly-purchased sunblock!
You can see the Frauenkirche (the two green domes), the little tip of Alter Peter to the left, and the tower of St Paul further to the left. Then you can just barely see one dome on the Theatinerkirche, just out of frame on the right. At one point, their bells started ringing simultaneously and it was awesome. I LOVE BELLS. You can hear them almost anywhere — in a suburb, in the woods, out by the farms.
Then today (Sunday), I met up with Peter (language exchange friend) in the afternoon and we went back to Heilig-Kreuz in Fröttmaning, the first church I visited in this post. Well, I went back — Peter had never been. It’s only open about one a month, and only during the summer months, so I was really happy it worked out that we could go together.
Here’s the view with better weather, but still ugly factory buildings in the way. Ah well! You can see the mountains stretching clear across the horizon from here, and Peter taught me the names of most of them, although I would forget at this point without looking on a map.
The interior of Heilig-Kreuz…
Here are the Romanesque wall paintings, c. 1100… painted right on to that 11th century brick! You can see the Tree of Life, a symbol of Christ.
And here are these interesting wheel-figures, with four cross-shaped petals. Interesting how so much of the painting was decorative and not figural…
The Baroque ceiling fresco is influenced by the Asam brothers — the man in the black hat on the far right is supposed to be Situli, the original founder of this little village church in 815 (and his wife is peeking out from behind his shoulder).
The flagstones, which I think date from the Baroque period, show a child’s footprints. They really are small, from what looks like a five or six year old. So the next time your kids steps in cement while it’s trying to set… don’t sweat it. In 400 years no one will mind.
The priest giving the tour (not the man pictured) was really enthusiastic and nice. He took us behind the altarpiece to see the stone (there in the center) that survives from the original building period, in the time of Situli. (I touched it.)