No snow… but nice crispy cold winter weather with almost all blue sky! Well X-mas day itself was cloudy and grey :-( but we just stayed in the hotel.
Did I say hotel? That, our hotel, was pretty cool – what with 5 stars and an indoor pool and jacuzi =o). So what did I do on X-mas day…? See below…
And that quote will be my quote of the month:
…niemand, der sich selbst Kennenlernt, bleibt so wie er vorher war. – Thomas Mann
And a great time was had by all (I guess even more so by the two, obviously gay, guys who remained alone after I left the pool… :-O)
Impressions of the city…
That lake is the Kleinhesseloher See in the Englischer Garten.
LOTS more below the fold! Click there… ish
Das Deutsche Museum
The only museum we went, was nice but a bit, idunno, uneven, in their choice of exhibits. I mean, seriously – 50 model glider planes?! And a separate section on sport plane engines 1925-1939 with half a dozen specimen? A separate section, in between WWI planes and airships, on kites? Vot vere zese guys sinking?! But at the same time for instance zero warship models after WWII (but quite a few up-to-and-including WWII; then again not the Bismarck or the Graf Spee). Anyway, well worth going – if only because the section on space IS very interesting and comprehensive. Although again the inclusion of rocket sleds, however funny, was a bit “aaahm-yeah, sure”.
That is pretty crazy if you think about it… building a wooden sled with a couple of rickety skis, make a stupid little leather seat in the front – without seatbelts or windscreen or anything – and, hey, youknowhat? let’s fit it with a few dozen rockets and see what happens. Apparently this thing has done 400 km/h – unmanned… wonder how fast it’s been with a lunatic up front…!?
(Alfons) Mucha exhibition
That was so good, I should get round to writing a separate entry on it… alas without (my own) photos.
And the inevitable churches :-). We visited the Frauenkirche, which turned out to be a very subdued gothic type – but I think typically German/middle European in its whitewashed walls. Otherwise not as extravagant as I’ve seen, but then again, it’s pretty damned old – built just before/around 1500!
OK so that photo is actually not so bad…it’s atmospheric and nice lighting ‘n’ all that… but unfortunately it doesn’t show the reason I took it! That box before the candles is a money box for €0,50 coins, OK? I noticed the WHOPPING BIG PADLOCK attached to it… I don’t think I need to add any comments there, you can do it yourselves… (the keyword to me was “overkill” but other options are “trust” “return of investment” and suchlike :-) ).
Then, on the parting Monday, I went also into the Theatinerkirche, a baroque church. Unfortunately lacking one of the best things about baroque churches – groovy, sugary, lavish… pastel paint :-)! This one is just very much white, except the outside of course (well OK I got no suitable picture but it is yellow). Well it’s got the statues and carvings and frills (and a pretty dome) so I can’t compain too much.
OK, a little boasting about that last photo – it’s completely uncropped. Note the perfect outlining *pats himself on back*. OK enough of that already.
Then we came back…
by ICE :-)