Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Best of luck in finding the perfect thing you never knew you needed!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Occasionally they can also be found at biergartens in the area as well. Usually the tables surrounding the fish stands are cleared out for the obvious reasons. You have to feel for the guy that cooks them day in and day out.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
None the less we all know Germans can easily be spotted the world over with their love of pairing socks with sandals, so there is definitely a market for them - even in the summer.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Last Friday the festivities began under torrential rains with a spot on local television. Celebrations continued through the weekend with a soap box car race on Sunday and will continue until August 1st. It's a great place to wear tracht (lederhosen and dirndls) or to see the locals dressed up in their traditional wears.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Depending on the time of summer one can find strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and even currants. It's a fun family activity and the berries stay fresh much longer than those that are purchased at the store. Don't forget to bring an enormous bowl and some cash!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Any uncertainty requires standing in the endless line. Usually the postal worker pulls out their handy drawer to measure exactly. While you're at it, forget getting your mail delivered if it has anything than the name of the resident that is registered at the KVR. Not even addressing something to 'Oma (insert last name)' will work.
Friday, July 23, 2010
It looks as though bees are becoming even more valuable in Germany, because some airports have gone as far as using bees to detect local air quality.
Surprisingly there is a very large variety of honey available in Germany in varieties as varied as avocado and lavender, which makes a unique gift to bring someone.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
It may also be worth stopping at the Stadtmuseum (city museum) to check out their exhibit to see how the festivities have evolved.
*I mog Di is Bavarian dialect for 'Ich mag dich' or 'I like you'.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This unique structure certainly captures the attention of passersby and offers patrons of the arts yet another venue to explore.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Don't worry... the Swat man was part of the production.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Ikebana, Japanese foods, traditional clothing, and the manga subculture were out in full force. There were plenty people partaking in 'cosplay' complete with circle contact lenses in an array of colors, including pink and white. I prefer to see the beautiful kimonos and appreciate the more traditional aspects of the festival.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The annual cooks ball was once a time for the servants, help, and cooks to slip away for a celebration. It has now turned into a chic see and be seen event with some very elaborate costumes and plenty of dancing and drinks to go around.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Germans occasionally tell their children if they don't eat their vegetables it will rain the next day, so it looks as though they should trade those veggies in for ice cream - pronto!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Troy certainly leaves some very big shoes to fill and will be greatly missed. Each day I looked forward to seeing the hidden corners of Munich through his eyes. He definitely made the most out of his 30 months here, which can serve as inspiration for us all.
Thank you, Troy! We all wish you the very best.
With the World Cup matches now over there are remnants of seldom seen German pride doting the city. A florist in the Hauptbahnhof has decorated anthurium to match the colors of the German flag. It will be 4 more years until we see this patriotism creep back into the daily life. Hopefully by then the vuvuzelas will be long forgotten.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
After 30 months in Munich, it’s unfortunately time for us to depart the city and this fun project, called Munich Daily Photo. The good news is that I have a great friend who has agreed to take the project over – which I am very excited about, as I will be able to continue to see this tremendous city through her eyes. I will let her introduce herself as she is ready to start in the coming days. So on my final post I return to the spot of my first post – Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse, gazing at the majestic domes of the Frauenkirche. I love this street because it encapsulates so much about Munich, with the Archbishop’s palace, and the Palais Porcia (Munich’s oldest baroque style palace – built in 1693) in the foreground. The street also is where you will find the Palais Holnstein, which has served as the home of Munich’s Archbishop since 1818. And don’t be surprised when you see the outline of Kurt Eisner Bodendenkmal’s body (the first Bavarian Prime Minister after abolition of Monarchy) who was killed there. I like this street because – like Munich - it is unassuming but packs so much history. Most visitors would never make it to this street, but it tells so many stories about Munich – with its Literaturehaus + the English Hugendugel bookstore. That’s the unique part of Munich, it has so many sides, so many layers to get to know, so many intensely interesting streets to walk down. So on my 732nd post, and on my 732nd adventure, and on my 732nd walk down an interesting Munich street – I say "Auf Wiedersehen!"
Thursday, July 8, 2010
OK. I’ve mentioned it many times before, but I’ll do it again. I love the Hofgarten. The former garden of the residence, with its neo-classical arcade, and its well manicured lawns. I came by the other day and a beautiful woman was singing one of the famous operas over lunch. When you combined the picturesque backdrop of the arcade and the Theatinerkirche and Odeonzplatz behind it, with the new-found sun that has brought everyone out to the parks – it was absolutely perfect. One of our first weekends after moving from Paris to Munich, we met a family from Salzburg – and they said that Munich was a much more cultured city than Paris because it had two city orchestras. While I can’t argue this point, I can say you are not likely to repeat such a scene in the US. I believe this is a uniquely European experience.
Monday, July 5, 2010
It’s always so strange to walk into the Theatinerkirche in Munich. The facade is so colorful and bold, and the inside is so white and intricate. All of the inside has such a remarkably light feeling, thanks to its brilliant white color. It seems the perfect place to see the sunset coming through the windows. The Church was build in 1690, and today the structure takes up the better part of the block leading up to Odeonsplatz. It’s really quite stunning to see from the royal gardens – the Hofgarten. combine the gardens with the view of the Residence, the old market of Odeonsplatz, and the beautiful church – and you realize that this is Munich at its finest.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
A group of American expats celebrate an impromptu independence day event. Where else? But at the beer gardens in Munich. There is an estimated 350,000 Americans expats in Munich, significantly more during Oktoberfest, of course. So happy 234th birthday to the US, and happy celebration to all those Americans abroad. Of course, in Munich the US consulate always has an official event, but I think you’re better off choosing your favorite beer garden, where the kids can play and the adults can gather. That’s the beauty of a US celebration in Munich.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Four hours after the party began, was the realization that Germany would have to face Spain in the semi-finals of the world Cup. On paper, Spain looks like the top team by far in the tournament. It was the odds-on favorite coming into the event. With that said, Spain has looked shaky in early rounds. We sat outside last night watching the Spain/Paraguay match with a slew of Germans hoping to meet Paraguay in the next round. But after Spain beat Paraguay 1-0, the next match up between the European nations was set. On the opposite bracket, the Netherlands will play Uruguay. Europe was the big flop of the last round, with big names Italy, France & England going out; but with all three teams surviving to this round, it is likely for an all Europe final.
Friday, July 2, 2010
The combination of a dominating 4-0 win vs favored Argentina, temperatures in the 90s, and knowing that Germany made it to the semi-finals or final four made for a party along Leopoldstrasse. Germany has proven throughout the World Cup that when their team shows up to play, they can pound opponents with a punishing offensive threat. As usual, Leopoldstrasse is where the biggest party in town is, and hundreds of thousands of people shut down a 2-mile stretch of the Munich thoroughfare. You could barely move throughout the crowds and the sea of the black, red, and yellow was enough to make anyone feel patriotic.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
In the Northeast corner of Munich, you find a section of Bogenhausen that not many of the locals know much about – unless you work at the Hypo bank headquarters there or at the Westin Grande or Sheraton Arabella (pictured), which now house the two towers. The buildings were developed as hotels to meet the increased capacity required for the 1972 Munich Olympics, and to this day serve as hotels, but also residential apartments and multiple clinics. This is a picture of the facade of the Arabella Haus. The thing that surprised me the most about this area though was how ethnically diverse it is. The hotels and the neighborhood clearly cater to those from the Middle East, and as you walk through the park about 50% of those you pass are in traditional Middle Eastern clothing.