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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

Maximilian Von Montgelas Statue

Location: Promenadenplatz Square, Munich, Germany
While in Munich, I chanced upon this strange statue in front of Hotel Bayerischer Hof. It’s supposed to be that of Maximilian Von Montgelas (1759-1838), a Bavarian statesman and politician in the early 19th century.

Built with layered aluminum, it seems to represent the many aspects of his personality that enabled him to succeed in public life.

It could have been inspired also by the famous proverb, “No man is a hero to his valet.” It doesn’t look good when you’re close to it. Just like Maximilian Von Montgelas and other politicians, It’s best viewed from the distance.

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September 22, 2017 at 10:59 am 6 comments

wordless wednesday: m√ľnchen mag dich

munich, germany
location: munich, germany

March 3, 2015 at 9:21 am 4 comments

weekly photo challenge: warmth

epiphany blessing
location: marienplatz, munich, germany
while in munich, germany last summer, i noticed this strange inscription on the door of the church in marienplatz. i later found out that it was a remnant from the past observance of the feast of epiphany or three kings day as it’s known in the united states. occurring on jan. 6, the 12th day after christmas, it commemorates the visit of the three magi to bethlehem during the birth of jesus.

on this christian holiday, chalks are blessed in the church and given to the faithfuls who use them for marking their homes with a reminder of god’s blessings.

the markings 20 + C + M + B + 14 mean as follow:

the numbers 20 and 14 represent the current year
the letters C, M, and B represent the initials of the magi: caspar, melchior, and balthazar or the abbreviation for the latin words christus, mansionem benedicat (christ bless this house)

i haven’t seen this tradition practiced outside of bavaria, but it surely adds warmth to the heart of whoever reads it. happy holidays!

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December 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm 5 comments

wordless wednesday: a blessing graffiti

marienplatz graffiti
location: marienplatz, munich, germany

July 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm 4 comments

Inside Germany: Ich Liebe Munchen

We left Murren, Switzerland early Friday morning. As the cable car went down to Lauterbrunnen Valley to meet the bus that would take us to Munich, I took a long last look at the snow-capped mountains slowly emerging from the fog.

It was a long 280-mile drive to Munich, Germany, but the scenery made up for it. It was postcard perfect wherever I looked. It was green with lots of open spaces.

It took seven hours to reach Munich as bus drivers in the European Union are required to take 45 minutes break after driving for 4.5 hours. This gave us an opportunity to stop for lunch in Landau, a beautiful island town near the Switzerland and Austrian borders.

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June 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm 2 comments

From The Book Thief

i have hated the words and i have loved them, and i hope i have made them right.

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