10-12: Travel and a day on our own in Munich
- October 10 -11 Travel
Andy drove us to the
airport. It was an uneventful flight on Lufthansa made easier because
we could exchange our two aisle seats for four just for ourselves.
We got in to Frankfurt mid-morning and had no trouble on our connector
to Munich. We
took the Lufthansa bus to the Hauptbahnhof (to avoid stairs with
the S-bahn) and then a taxi a very short distance to the hotel.
hotel was the Kings First Class Hotel on Dachauer Strasse and was
very comfortable. We rested up a bit since we hadn't slept well
on the planes, and then went up the street to a very nice Persian
restaurant (Dehbaschi) where we had lamb and chicken shish-ke-bab
in large quantity. Then off to bed for a very good sleep.
October 12 - Munich
Up for a hearty breakfast
and then off on foot for the Alte Pinachotek to see the old masters.
Near the hotel there is a complex of museums. First we went through
a memorial archway called the Propylaeon, then past the Glyptothek,
or Sculpture Museum, and the State Museum of Antiquities. A little
further were the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek with the 19th
C. works, and the Pinakothek der Moderne.
plunged into the Alte Pinakothek in the midst of a host of paintings
by Rubens, which was a little overwhelming, but the collection as
a whole was outstanding. We had a good lunch in a very attractive
museum restaurant and then went back for more.
that we took a leisurely way back to the hotel. We passed the Obelisk
in Karolinen Platz. (The obelisk was erected in 1833 and honors
the more than 30,000 Bavarian soldiers who gave their lives in Napoleons
1812 campaign against Russia.) Then we walked down the garden path
along the Maximillians Platz to the Wittelsbach Fountain. (This
was built in 1895 to celebrate the completion of a public water
project!) Then we walked through the Old Botanical Garden back to
the hotel back to the hotel.
we found our Elderhostel partners in the lobby and joined them for
a quick orientation tour of the neighborhood led by Thomas Abbot,
our primary lecturer and guide. At 5 pm we met as a group. The IST
director for German, Anette Isaacs, welcomed us and introduced Tom
Abbott and Mareike Diller. The group leader. Tom Abbott turned out
to be the mainspring of the program, a very knowledgeable art historian
whose lectures were superb and who was a fine tour guide..
Mareike was a young, very attractive, and capable assistant to Tom
in all matters. There were only 18 hostelers due to a number of
cancellations. It was a good and cohesive group.
this meeting we walked with the group to the Lehnbachplatz for dinner
at the Kunstlerhaus, an attractive restaurant with excellent food.
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