If you notice I haven’t posted much lately, that’s because I have to study for some certification exams, and the first one is coming up in April. Work in the day and study in the evening. Whoever has done this before knows how hard it is. Since photography and blogs are just my hobbies and I don’t make any money off them, they will have to go down to a lower priority.
Austria only has a few direct international flights for us to fly home – we don’t like connection flights. (We almost missed the regional flight from Munich to Vienna at the beginning of this trip.) However, it’s more flexible at Munich. Plus, it gave us a chance to re-visit and took a better look of the city, and, at the previous time I didn’t have a good camera ;-).
Hofgarten, a Renaissance court garden created between 1613 and 1617, during the reign of Duke Maximilian I. It is laid out as an Italian formal garden and features a domed temple (Temple of Diana) crowned with a bronze figure symbolizing Bavaria.
The Glockenspiel (glocken: bells; spiel: play) at Marienplatz Munich, the fourth largest in Europe, is a great tourist attraction. It contains 42 bells and 32 life-size figures. Each day at 11am, 12pm, and 5pm, the figures give a performance: The top half – the 1568 wedding of Duke William V and Renata of Lorraine, complete with a jousting match between a Bavaria knight and a Lothringen knight; then the bottom half – a rendition of the cooper’s dance called Schäfferltanz, first performed to mark the end of the plague in 1517.
Here are the two plays. Note: Both the picture and the video were captured by 200mm DX lens, but I didn’t have tripod with me. A monopod, may be. But it’s hard to set up a tripod anyway in a crowded place when the performance was going on. The second half of the 1st play (including the part when the Bavarian knight (blue color) won the joust) was edited out due to too much camera movement.
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