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October 17th, part I - First full day in Munich.


The 11AM Glockenspiel
The 11AM Glockenspiel
The 11AM Glockenspiel

The first site we hit the next morning was the Marienplatz again, for the 11AM playing of the Glockenspiel.

It was quite beautiful, but it was definately a tourist trap (and a pickpocket's heaven). There were hundreds of people in the square, all looking up, hardly any of them paying any attention to their surroundings. We were warned beforehand to watch ourselves during these playings, and I can see why.

These three pictures are all of the Glockenspiel before it began to play.


I also took a video of about thirty seconds of it. It supposedly lasts many minutes, and there was no way I was going to burn up the SDRAM card space when a thirty-second snippet will give you a feel of what it's all about.

It's in Microsoft's WMV format, since that compresses so nicely from AVI.

And no wisecracks about how shaky the video is - it was windy, and damned cold out there. Not to mention, I didn't have a tripod. Cope.

30-second WMV video of the Glockenspiel

A small square on our way back to the Marienplatz
The square at the Residenz
The square at the Residenz

The first photograph is of a small square we walked through, while the second two are the square right in front of the Residenz.


There was an incredible metal statue in the square above. I took several pictures of it, here are the best three.

Beware - I left the large images _very_ large, so you can see the wonderful detail. They're large, almost a megabyte each.

The statue in front of the Residenz
The statue in front of the Residenz
The statue in front of the Residenz

United Parcel Service, auf Deutsch

There was a UPS truck parked on the west end of the square while we were there taking pictures. I think this is the only UPS truck I saw in the entire two weeks. All of the delivery trucks were either DHL or FedEx.


We decided to check out the Residenz, and we're glad we did.

The first picture is of the ceiling in the walkway through the Residenz, on the way to the interior courtyard. Just look at that fantastic attention to detail!

The second photograph is of a tall, heavy set of doors in one of the walkways.

The third is of Tracy and Rob wandering into the interior courtyard.

The incredibly detailed ceiling in a walkway at the Munich Residenz
A large doorway in the Residenz in Munich
Tracy and Rob walking into the courtyard

The courtyard in the Residenz in Munich
The courtyard in the Residenz in Munich
The courtyard in the Residenz in Munich

Some pictures of the courtyard in the center of the Residenz. It was all very beautiful, and very peaceful. We had the entire place to ourselves.


There were two Pan-like statues on the stone railings at the eastern end of the courtyard. My friend Liz knew who they were of, but I just refer to them as the "little goat dudes." And the little goat dudes were anatomically correct.

The third picture is of the ivy on the northern wall, fading as autumn set in.

Little goat dude #1, in the courtyard
Little goat dude #2, in the courtyard
Autumn ivy in the courtyard in the Residenz in Munich

The west end of the Residenz in Munich
The west end of the Residenz in Munich
The west end of the Residenz in Munich

Once we were done in the courtyard, we wandered out through the other walkway, exiting the Residenz to the west. There were some very beautiful carvings, statues, and crests on the western wall, so I stopped and took a number of pictures.

This is a short page, but it's a good breaking point - the next part was absolutely amazing, so I'd like to do it all on the same page.

<-- Oct 16th, part I   Oct 17th, part II -->

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