Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spring Ausflug

Ahh the glories of living in Bavaria. We're off to Croatia, Istria to be more specific, which is a short 5-6 hour drive away.

I'll leave you with this image I came across on my morning Isar run so I don't get dinged by Iron Blogger.

See you next week!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sad News At The Viktualienmarkt

I shop at the Viktualienmarkt at least twice a week. To me it's one of the great joys of not only living in Munich, but living close to the city center.

It's true the Viktualienmarkt is a big tourist draw, but there are plenty of locals there too. If you're one of them you quickly learn which booths to avoid and which ones to frequent. One of my favorites was the Grüner Bäuerin stand.

The proprietress had a gentle manner, a warm smile and the strong, well-worked hands of a farmer. And of course good local produce, much of it from just up the river in Ismaning.

Last week I headed over to the booth to grab some veggies and found it closed. There was a simple note with a rose and a funeral announcement stating that she had died at the much too young age of sixty four.

Living in a city there are so many people you get used to seeing on your regular rounds. Even though you don't know each other, the familiarity and the shared identity of being a denizen of the same place adds both a richness and a feeling of belonging to a city. It was a sad shock to see that she was gone.

Rest in peace Marianne Grüner. You will be missed.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Impressions

I was out and about zu fuss a lot during this unseasonably warm March. Here are some of my impressions:

The church at the top of the Geisinger Berg in the late afternoon.

A massive pile of radishes at the Viktualienmarkt.

This resourceful young man set up his own battery powered DJ station on the Isar.

Rainbow steps near the Isar ufer.

Ceiling lamps at Fei Scho where I met a friend for lunch one day.

Pretty flowers on Frauenhoferstr.

Please, oh please let this lovely spring weather continue!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Big Ass Accident By Isartor

Did you hear about the horrible accident that happened around Isartor last week? I walked right by it on my way downtown.

A tram and an ambulance had an argument. It more or less looked like the tram won, the ambulance was lying on it's side just pass the intersection (look behind the black VW combi in the photo). It was totally jarring to come upon an accident scene and realize that the rescue vehicle was actually in the accident.

From what I heard there were no fatalities. Still, yikes.