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A Day Trip to Munich

September 3, 2011

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Saturday, September 3

Today we went to Munich. We spent most of our time in Dachau (see below), so our actual time in Munich was small, but delightful. We disembarked at the Marienplatz station, and emerged from below into a circus. The place is rockin’.

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Yeah, looks like a church, but it’s the Rathaus, and the Ratskeller restaurant is underneath. We were looking for the Hofbrauhaus, though, since, by its own admission, it’s the MOST FAMOUS BEER HALL IN THE WORLD. Maybe the largest, too. We ate, and drank, there, and then went around taking photos, but not before we stumbled into Bauer and Hieber on Landschaftstrasse, a delightful music store where I picked up a couple of Janacek scores. Anyhow, the Hofbrauhaus pics:

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This is the Hofbrauhaus, or at least the back door. It’s really huge.

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Here’s the inner courtyard, filled with tables that were filled with customers.

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And here’s the ground floor. I’m given to understand that there are two more just above it, with the same capacity. The musicians pictured up top were cranking out gemuetlichkeit by the truckload, or gallon.

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…and more. I’m sure that if there were one of these in every major city in the world we would have World Peace in about fifteen minutes.

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Peggy was kind enough to point out this clothing store on one of the side streets.

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Chillin’ on the Marienplatz.

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We went to Dachau immediately upon our arrival in Munich, and it took up most of the day to see it. It should go without saying that no one except the people who were there in the war years can know what it was like. That part of the camp that was used by the camp commandant, the guards and the SS are not accessible, and all of the barracks, except two reconstructed ones, have been removed, and there are now religious memorials at the far end of the barracks yard.

Which is to say that visitors to the site today only see a part of what was there, and it no longer looks as it did when it was in operation. It is more than enough, though, for us to see what happened and acknowledge the importance of remembering what happened. The general feeling, as we walked through th camp, was one of contemplation.

The pictures I took cannot convey the experience of being there and I have decided, for now, not to post them.

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