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€1 Sundays pt. 3: Bayerisches National Museum

Of my triad of €1 museums, the Bayerisches National Museum holds the greatest amount of intrigue and history by far. At 167 years old, not only does this composite collection’s own history supersede that of its current colleagues, but stands as one of the sole representations of Bavarian history from its own perspective.  Its story…

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€1 Sundays pt. 2: Alte Pinakothek 

Trading modern for masters, I left the Pinakothek der Moderne for the Alte Pinakothek.  Paneled windows and tan stone replaced the overwhelming white of my first destination. The renaissance revival architecture a clear indication of the museum’s contrast collection.  Founded in 1836 by Ludwig I of Bavaria, the Alte Pinakothek houses one of the oldest…

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€1 Sundays pt. 1: Pinakothek Der Moderne

On Sundays, some of Munich’s best museums are open to the public for only €1.  Locals and tourists alike pour through their open doors, starting their week with the wonder of great master paintings, modern models, and Bavarian history. I started my day with the Pinakothek Der Moderne. The spherical tin spaceship by the entrance…

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Garmisch’s Fest!

Oktoberfest! Germany’s international trademark and treasure.  Let me stop you before you remind me it’s only August. Something as small as the month doesn’t stop the Germans.  As the Summer circles into Autumn, each Bavarian town hosts its own fest. The tradition a traveling prelude to Oktober’s main event in Munich and Germany’s larger cities.…

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Escape to Eibsee

In that sweet space, those first inches warmed by the sun’s stare, I float.  Back flat against the cooler depths and the fish that dart below. Head amid my own flourish of sunlight, I close my eyes and listen. Much like my afternoon at Starnberger See, my ears cling to the flutter of birds and…

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A Day Trip To Starnberger See

Loving.  This word writes itself in a cursive flourish across my mind as the water’s swell pulls my body up and down. Rocking me as if a baby in loving arms into a serene dream.  The waves lap at the gentle shore, softly. Quieter still is the breeze, whistling through leaves and the beaks of…

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Iced Coffee Escapades pt. 1

Einen Icekaffee bitte? *insert a poorly mimed pouring motion* Eight times out of ten, this question is met with a sharp “nein” and a sympathetically confused smile. As for the other two, the answer is, “ja! Ice cappuccino?”  As a barista (in America at least), ordering an iced cappuccino proves you know nothing about coffee.…

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The Beginnings of a Munich Love-Affair

If Berlin is New York City, then Munich is Chicago.  Straddling the heavy traffic of tourism, business, and university youth with abundant nature, authentic culture, and neighborly warmth, Munich is truly the beating heart of German Bavaria.  As an American girl with German heritage, fitting in is easy… as long as I don’t open my…

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John Donne Collection

The Flea Mark but this flea, and mark in this,    How little that which thou deniest me is;    It sucked me first, and now sucks thee, And in this flea our two bloods mingled be;    Thou know’st that this cannot be said A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead, Yet this enjoys before it…

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