A Train Trip through Bavaria.

This trip I decided to spend two jet lag nights in Munich, or rather Freisling, a small town near the airport.  This time I decided to take the train from Freisling to Fussen and the onward bus to Hohenschwangu and Mad King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein (New Swan Rock) Castle.  I priced out second class rail and bus connections at €58 but the lady at the ticket … Continue reading A Train Trip through Bavaria.

Domberg, The Cathedral Church in Freising

Domberg is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  The current structure is a Romanesque building from the 13th century.  When you go in, however, it is a shock, because the interior had been redone in Baroque style in the 17th century.  It almost seems like a disconnect.  I once had an architecture professor who called the Baroque “Eclectic clutter.”  My reaction was “majestically bizarre.”  Elaborate frescoes, … Continue reading Domberg, The Cathedral Church in Freising

Palm Sunday, Freising, Germany

My flight from Tbilisi touched down at 6.  As I stepped out the shuttle at our airport hotel in Freising at 7 AM, after clearing customs and getting my bag, I heard the joyous “surround sound” peeling of church bells for Palm Sunday.  I took a nap then, but the peel repeated itself at 8, 9 and 10.  Suzi had gotten to Munich the night … Continue reading Palm Sunday, Freising, Germany

Sometimes flying becomes the theatre of the absurd.

The taxi driver from Clontarf to the airport offered to take me a different route, around Dublin Bay, along the coast pass the fishing village of Howth and then into the airport.  “It’s more miles but with school getting out it now may be less time.  At Howth he said “You’ll be flying right over that when you take off.”  (We did.)  I think he … Continue reading Sometimes flying becomes the theatre of the absurd.

Weihenstephan Abbey, the oldest brewery in the world

After a good night’s sleep in Freising, Germany (on my way to Tbilisi) fueled with two double espressos, I took off to see the oldest brewery in the world, Weihenstephan.  This brewery has been in continuous operation since 1040.  People have been brewing beer a lot longer than a thousand years and there is evidence of brewing at this site since the mid-700s, however the … Continue reading Weihenstephan Abbey, the oldest brewery in the world

Freising, Bavaria, Germany

Freising, the town closest to the Munich Airport is a nice place to lay over between two overnight flights.  Pictures here are from this winter and this summer, different views at different times of the year.  It has, that it claims to be the oldest brewery in Germany, a friendly Marriott airport hotel and shops and cafes that allow for a restful stopover between flights. Continue reading Freising, Bavaria, Germany

Iron and Glass, Flowers and Trains

May 11, 2010 Dear Friends, On Friday afternoons I would go to my grandparents’ flat in Jersey City while my parents had their night out.  Grandpa Brew would tell me stories.  He was raised in Ireland, ran away to sea at 13 and developed a love of travel, ships, Ireland and America.    He introduced me to Democratic politics.  He also told a good story.  But … Continue reading Iron and Glass, Flowers and Trains

Reichstag, Berlin, 2013

To visit the German Bundestag housed in the Reichstag building you need an invitation.  We applied, sending our passport information and addresses, on line.  I got our PDF invitation letter just before we left for Warsaw.  Our appointment was 9:30 Monday evening.  We got off our train grabbed a cab, dropped our stuff at the hotel and went on to the Reichstag.  The building was … Continue reading Reichstag, Berlin, 2013

Berlin, March, 2013

Note, many of the photos for this post are contained in the posts “Shadows of the Wall,”  “East Side Gallery.” and “Bernauer Str.”  Pictures on this post are general Berlin tourism shots. March 22, 2013 Berlin, Germany Dear Friends, In sixth grade we learned about the great boulevards of Europe.  My teacher, Miss Meitzlefeld, was particularly rhapsodic about Unter den Linden in Berlin.  Walking down … Continue reading Berlin, March, 2013

Shadows of the Wall, Berlin 2013

Text for these pictures is on the post “Berlin, March, 2013”  These are pictures from the area of the old wall.  Panels of the wall have been re-erected near “Checkpoint Charlie” and feature dictators still waiting for falling.  The man balancing on the wall is in front of the Axel Springer building.  Axel Springer is one of the big newspaper companies.  Springer built his building … Continue reading Shadows of the Wall, Berlin 2013

Travel from Sitka to Tbilisi.

March 3, 2013,  Tbilisi, Georgia Historically travel has always been arduous.  But for a brief period, for a certain social class, travel was glamorous.  “Getting there is half the fun” Cunard crowed in mid-century ads.  Flying, jet setting had a certain cache.  Super Graphics from the airports in early 70’s had fashionable young people in shades and Italian designer cloths smiling as they walked to … Continue reading Travel from Sitka to Tbilisi.

Berlin Wall Fall (Mauerfall) 20 Years Later

  November 10, 2009 Berlin, Germany Dear Friends, It was an attempt to recapture the past, to to relive some of the joy we felt in Berlin in 1990 when we watched bulldozers open streets closed for 28 years, to recapture the joy of the final stages of the Prague’s Velvet Revolution.  It didn’t quite work for me.   It didn’t give me the emotional jolt … Continue reading Berlin Wall Fall (Mauerfall) 20 Years Later

Berlin Wall Fall (Mauerfall)

  After our 1990 trip I wrote a long letter.  These segments are from Berlin.  The pictures are scans from slides, some well faded over the years. Thursday, June 14, 1990 After lunch we crossed into East Germany. We were supposed to get a visa for East Germany at the border. The guards waved us through without stopping the car, no visa, no passport stamp. … Continue reading Berlin Wall Fall (Mauerfall)