Intimate whispers in the Hofbräuhaus, Munich
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to our post-Christmas visit to Bavaria. I've been in deep hibernation mode--lethargic and unresponsive--surrounded by strategically placed pillows and covered by the world's most heavenly down-filled blanket.
Hearing the distant rumble of Frau Müller's pastry truck making it's way up the hill, I begin to stir. My heartrate picks up. My withered muscles begin to tense...to move, ever so slightly. My pupils dilate. My back arches. Suddenly, like a giant grizzly, I emerge from the den in search of sustenance.
With careful planning and consideration, I will write a quick post-- while simultaneously gorging on pastries--during my brief foray into the real world. It's a delicate balance fueled by carb-loading.
So sleepy. Must write something. Bed calling. Siren song. Must return.
Maybe some mushrooms would help?
Florist, downtown Munich
Yes, that's better. The tiny receptors in my brain are being rewarded. Floods of "mushroom-sighting endorphins" have washed over me. I am whole again. The post can continue.
Now to show you a bit of our post-Christmas Baravarian Extravaganza. Because lord knows you haven't seen enough of my travels. Please pretend to be excited! I promise I won't notice you're faking it!
First, our visit to Oberammergau...
A place I used to stay almost every winter as a kid. A place packed with good memories...of skiing, snow and family. Of mountains and spectacular scenery. Of painted houses and charming shops.
Being there again with my sister Beth (and the rest of the gang) was wonderful.
We walked through the village and admired the paintings.
Oberammergau is famous for its "Luftlmalerei" or frescoes, which decorate the village facades. It is also famous for its wood-carving--which you can see in the shop windows above.
Many people know of Oberammergau through its "Passion Play." In 1634, the inhabitants of Oberammergau put on their first production of the play, having made a vow to God. If they were spared from the effects of the Bubonic Plague sweeping through Europe at that time--they would perform this play every ten years. Luckily for them, they were spared--and the Passion Play has continued. It involves over 2,000 of the local residents who are the actors, singers and musicians. People come from all over the world to see it.
I loved seeing the very plain facades with their exquisite paintings.
So beautiful, when surrounded by snow and seasonal decorations.
Here's my personal favorite:
It's the Little Red Riding Hood house!
I've loved this house since I was about six years old. I have never stopped wanting to live there. Even now.
So there you have a brief look at Oberammergau and a little of its history. Hope you enjoyed the show.
Munich is up next...and a visit to the Hofbräuhaus!
Prepare for a super-cool video!
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