Sunday, May 31, 2009

What if Time Stood Still?

That’s the impression you get when you see this photo, with this elderly couple meeting at the fountain at Hohenzollernplatz. You wonder if they had been meeting there for 50 years. They were actually quite cute together, with him drinking his Lowenbrau Pilsner, and her doing her shopping in the surrounding shops. It’s enough to bring out the romantic spirit in all of us. This square, in West Schwabing, in some ways takes on the same character. It is surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants, and bakeries, and in some ways reminds you of that scene in “Back to the Future” where Marty rides his skat board through the square in both eras. Many of the shops, as well as the small market, look like they hadn’t changed much in at least 30-40 years. With that said, it happens to be one of the best connected intersections in town – with the U2, tram, and bus lines meeting there. And having spent an afternoon on this very fountain absorbing the sun when I first moved to Munich, I also recognize that its appeal to those of all ages is…well ageless.

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