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Munich & Fussen


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Richer than Croesus

We visited the Residenz which is Bavarian Ruler’s palace in Munich. Boy was it elaborate, ornate and EXPENSIVE! Here is a beautiful tiara and a gorgeous crown. Here also are some beautiful rooms with use tapestries, fabulous paintings and a grotto lined with shells.
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Neuschwanstein Castle

These are the quintessential Romantic castles built in (1860-1886) by Leopold the 2nd, who didn't care that they were going to bankrupt himself and the country. They were designed in a Idealized Medieval style romanticizing the time of Courtly Love and Valiant Knights. In the end, the Bavarian government became fed up and declared mad and unfit to rule and locked him up. He died shortly thereafter.

It is a very picturesque building though, as you can see in the many pictures I have included. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any pictures of the interior, but it was resplendent with many wall paintings referencing many of Wagner's heroic operas.

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Hohenschwangau Castle


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Hohenschwangau Castle

Right next door to Neuschanstein is another iconic castle, situated beside a lake filled with swans. This one was built by Ludwig's father and is roughly translated as "High Swan Land". Here are some pictures of it and of the lake.

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Fussen


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on the Road to Fussen

Fussen is a cute little town, it's claim to fame is that it is near Schlossweg Neuschwanstein.

We rented a car in Munich and after about an hour of driving, we needed to take a break. I hadn't driven a stick shift since forever, and the traffic signs were different, and the driving etiquette is also different... so we stopped at this tiny little hamlet for a sanity break. It was so lush and green there and the mountains in the background beautiful.

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Fussen

So the first order of business, after parking the car and checking in to the hotel was to cruise the pedestrian street and get a well earned beer!

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Sculptures

Fussen isn't as rich as Munich, so where in Munich you will have all sorts of statues hung all over their buildings, in Fussen, they decorate their buildings by painting on them. Here is a good example.

They do have sculptures on the street, ... here is my favorite...
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Freiburg


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Freiburg

In some cities like Berlin & Munich you spend most of your time looking up to see the beauty of the city; but in Freiburg I think it is better to look down. Freiburg is an old university town and they do a lot of their things their own way. Take for instance the stone mosaics in the side walk. This is really unique here, as you can see from the pictures. They try to create a mosaic relative to the type of business (of course the store/restaurant might close and something completely different might open).

I think everything is self explanatory, except for Gilford... It is one of Freiburg's twin cities.

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Freiburg Looking Up

Of course if you do look up as you wander the streets here, you see lots of fun things. They have a wonderful Ratskeller and great faux medieval architecture with lots of statues on the wall. Below the 2 top less ladies with the devil playing the pan flute is my favourite. Did you notice the Salvation Army Crest in the window?
Also, the female gargoyle with the big lump on her throat is quite interesting. That is a goiter, (due to lack of iodine in the diet).

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Bachies

Of course you also have to look around as well in this quirky University town. As you can see there are bachies (gutters beside the sidewalk) everywhere and the city runs water through them, originally as fire protection, but now as a tradition. The children love to float boats down them, and the teens love to cool their feet in them as the hunt Pokemons.

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BORDEAUX: Monument aux Girondins


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Monument aux Girondins

If you know me by now, you know that I love a good fountain with dramatic statuary! I love intense facial expressions and the implied action and struggle of the characters. Most of all, I love that they don't move so I have lots of time to compose my shot.

This monument is one of the best I have ever seen because it has 2 fountains, Republic on the right and Concordia on the left. Let me take you around it. (A caveat: This is my interpretation of the monument, I haven't done any research on it, so I wouldn't be surprised if there is a much better interpretation available.)

Front

We first see the monument from afar. You can see the 2 separate fountains and the sculptures on the front face.

On top winged Victory holds a broken chain and a Victor's garland. Below the proud rooster throws out its chest and proclaims the news.

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Republic

The republic is pictured as a woman standing resolutely looking ahead. To one side are kids playing. she has strong people with her. The horses seem to scare and trample the opposition. The main with the mask is one of them.
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Back

I must admit, I really don't know what the back of the monument is supposed to represent.

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Concordia

Here are the scenes in Concordia. The resolute woman is still there. There are children at her side and in front of her is the child riding the big fish. I'm sure there is more stories here, but I will let you do the interpretation of them for your self.

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