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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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Actually, though, before going on to post about Oxford, I want to backtrack to post about these churches from my first day.

To forestall possible confusion:

Westminster Abbey (aka the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster) is the very old monastery church, in the Gothic style, belonging to the Anglicans. You have seen it on TV.

Westminster Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, a turn of the century neo-Byzantine building, belonging to the Catholics. You probably haven’t heard of it unless you are an English Catholic.  (more…)

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On my second day Katherine was able to come with me, which was much more fun and less intimidating. (I sort of like and sort of don’t like the riskiness of traveling in a strange city on my own…) But there was still risk involved — for instance, when I kept crossing the street and forgetting which way to look for cars, and was nearly hit by a bus. Killed by a double-decker bus in London, what a way to go.

Onward!

We went to see the London (or Brompton) Oratory, which meant…

We were in Newman country. (more…)

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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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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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Here we are, at the end of all things.

No, sorry, I’ve been reading too much Lord of the Rings. Here we are at the end of my Warsaw posts. All I have left are my pictures of the Uprising Museum, and my pictures of the airport. (Yes, I took pictures of the airport… just wait.)

The Museum… it’s big. It would’ve taken me a long time to walk through and read all the displays (which were usually offered in English as well as Polish, but not all of them), but luckily I had my steadfast guide Anka to tell me all about it. Still, we were probably in there for an hour and a half (I think?) and there was more we could’ve looked at. (I should point out that it cost, I think, 14 or 16 zlotys, which converts to, like, 3.5 Euro, or 5 US dollars. Well worth it.) (more…)

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