Day 55, Saturday, October 19, 2019
Bob is doing fantastic job finding things for us to see and do and organizing our days. I just tag along, enjoying what he has planned. It is supposed to be warm today so we pack a picnic lunch and make our way slowly towards English Garden.
First stop is the Church of The Holy Spirit. Bob announces that it is decorated for Halloween, but no, it is decorated for a light art video installation and these are angel wings. We see lots of people carrying home these little pots of colourful heather from the street market. There are lots of people enjoying the day, and drinking lots of beer, even though it isn’t that warm. I quite like this gaggle of geese but they are just a bit to big to fit into my suitcase! There are many charming small fountains in Munich, like this one of Ida Shumacker, a Bavarian actress and comedian who died in 1956.
Another little fountain and more people enjoying the afternoon. These colourful flowers are artichokes. I had no idea they looked like this when they bloom! There are lots of flower and dried flower stands. We pop into one of Munich’s beer gardens but it is cool today so there aren’t many people. I am sure it was a different story just a few weeks ago during Oktoberfest. We were originally going to be in Munich during Oktoberfest but quickly changed our plans when we realized that. More than six million people descend on Munich to drink beer and party…not anyplace we want to be! This house looks like it will soon be completely covered in ivy!
The Feldherrnhalle, or Field Marshall’s Hall, is where Hitler and his supporters fought with the police in 1923 during the Beer Hall Putsch. Putsch means coup in German and the coup march began at a beer hall. 16 of Hitlers supporters were killed along with 4 policemen, and Hitler was arrested and sent to prison.
There are 78 km of paths so we only see a bit of the southern part of the park, which stretches all the way to the edge of the city! The trees are huge. We climb up to the Monopteros, which was added to the park, along with the hill, in 1836. There are some views of the city from the Monopteros. People play soccer, ride bikes, jog, picnic and even horse back ride in this park. I wish it had a few more benches! These geese like the park too.
On our way back to the metro we stop at yet another church. St. Ludwig is another venue for the Angels installation I mentioned earlier. Maybe we will be able to come back one evening and see it. St. Ludwig is home to the second largest altar fresco in the world. The large fresco of the Last Judgement (1836-1840), by the German painter Peter von Cornelius, measures almost 19 metres by 11.5 metres! There is a service taking place so we are not able to get a close up look at this enormous fresco. Just before we catch the metro home we stop to visit this library. The poster outside looks pretty grand…but other than the grand staircase, the inside is a bit of a disappointment. Lots of study cubicles and hardly any books! As in the library we visited in Berlin, no coats, laptop cases, backpacks or purses are allowed into the library and anything you do take in must be in a clear plastic bag. Seems strange to me.