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Almost nine months ago, I left Germany… and my nostalgia is reaching the point where I want to relive some of my time there by making at least one of the posts I never got around to.

By now, all of the mundane anxieties about reading maps and meeting trains have faded into the deep mist of the German forest* and all that’s left is golden, rosy memories of quaint medieval towns like…

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REGENSBURG.

*NOTE: I didn’t find German forests particularly misty; it’s just that I’ve been gone from Germany for so long now that when I try and picture it all I can see are Caspar David Friedrich paintings.

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… a quick overview of six little churches I visited in the suburban outskirts of Munich.

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Last Saturday (look how prompt I am! this post is not even a week old!) I took the afternoon to ride to a little village not too far away so I could find MORE CELTIC RING FORTS. (Or whatever I should be calling them — in German they are Viereckenschanze or Keltenschanze, referring to the fact that they are raised earthworks which are rectangular in shape and/or were made by Celts. See how that works?) Here is a link to the Wikipedia article, if you want to hazard Google Translate (or, I guess, if you read German).

You might remember that I visited one a couple of weeks ago when I explored the Roman roads — but that site had been excavated and studied, and was set up like a (modest) tourist or cultural site. This time I found one that was just out in the woods and has never, apparently, been closely studied. Then I came home and realized that there is a second enclosure in the same part of the woods, which I wasn’t aware of and so didn’t look for — AND there are also some remains of an old castle or fortified watchtower, further up in the woods. So I’ll definitely have to go back another time and find those, although it’s hard to locate them exactly on the map. (more…)

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It has been snowy and cold here for at least a few weeks, making my afternoon and evening walks more picturesque and much colder. This morning when I went to church, it was -16 Celsius, or 3.2 Fahrenheit. Last night, it was 1 Fahrenheit. Cold.

St Martin’s, the church down the street from my house. This was a couple of weeks ago and we have more snow now. (more…)

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The other weekend I rode the S-Bahn down to Gauting and walked east to Buchenhain, about 11.5 km — 5 or 6 of which was on the exact line of the old Roman road that ran through the area. Here’s the map of my trek: (more…)

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Two weekends ago I went to see a real, true-blue Romanesque church, one of the few in the area around Munich. (Bavaria was caught up in the love of Baroque Catholic architecture, so most of its churches, even its small village churches, were rebuilt or at least redecorated in the Baroque era.)

I had never gotten around to researching outlying churches, but one of my language exchange partners, Peter, knew some places already. He has an interest in local history and has tracked down or accidentally discovered some of these very old churches.

(My interest in local history means I go to the Whatcom Museum and look at their (admittedly cool) photo exhibits of the logging days and other things, around a hundred or hundred and fifty years old. His interest in history means he goes to 900 year old churches. But I’m not bitter.)

So anyway: this church. (more…)

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Where were we…

The Domberg! It’s a self-contained complex of buildings on top of this hill, an episcopal quarter which includes: the Domkirche of St Korbinian and St Mary; the former episcopal residence and its attached chapel,  St John; cloisters for the former cathedral chapter; the cathedral library or Bibliotheksaal; and the Diözesanmuseum (in my previous post).

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