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While watching the “heute-journal19.07.2017 (important part starts at 10 min, 30 seconds)Luck Duck Sheila came across this report in the ZDF (second german TV station, one of those stations Germans are forced to pay fees for) where the ZDF unveiled the new relation between Johann and a new chick and another less important story about the Große Koalition (alliance between the normaly hostile SPD socialists and the CDU/CSU christian conservatives). It showed Johann, on which Sheila just recently casted an eye on after Andrik was lost in China,  with a new girl. The innocent looking Johann (rumors have it he also has a peculiar relation with Frank), seems to have found somebody new in Berlin and was caught on camera in one of the investigative reports of the heute-journal. So the ducks have finally made it into the most serious news programs.

 

 

  

The outlook for that new relation however is grim as shown at the end of the report.

Landshut

 

Thousands of curious onlookers and paying spectators are watching the “Landshuter Hochzeit” (Wedding of Landshut). It reminds of the spectacular wedding of Wittelbacher 1475 Duke George the Rich and Hedwig Jagiellonica,  daughter of polish king Kasimir IV. Andreas. The bride also had to take a detour via Nuremberg (Nürnberg) to make it to Landshut. Many of the citizens of Landshut participate in the Renaissance Festival and dress up in fancy renaissance costumes to the delight of the spectators. There is a closed area with all kinds of spectacular shows and there are parades through the splendid streets of Lanshut. The festival takes place every 4 years only and draws in spectators from all over the world.

Visible on the other side of the Isar River: Church St. Martin and Castle Trausnitz.

The wedding party was attended by 10.000 guest and lasted several days, George the Rich must have been indeed very rich. The Wittelsbacher were not yet in the beer brewing business at that time. The wedding took place in the St. Marin church, today a big cathedral with the highest church tower world wide built with bricks, the highest church tower in Bavaria and many important sacral artpieces in it.
George steems from the Wittelsbacher Stephan, one of the six sons of Ludwig der Bayer. Two years after the death of Ludwig der Bayern Bavaria was shared among the six sons in the Treaty of Landsberg (Landsberger Vertrag). Stephan was cheated in the Goldenen Bulle (Nuremberg, Nürnberg) 1356 and did not get the position “elector” (Kurfürst) as promised in the house rules of the Wittelsbacher. Instead a cousin, Pfalzgraf am Rhein received that position.

 

The glas window Pictures were entered after WWII.

The right Picture shows the torture of the second holy patron of the church (Martinskirche) , the Holy Kastulos. Remarkable is the fact that the 3 torturers shown in the picture look like Hitler, Göring and Goebbels who all appear in the Award winning movie “Der Fuehrer’s Face

The right Picture shows the Landshuter Hochzeit (wedding)

Inside of Church St. Martin.

 At the front entrance the four evangelists Luke, Mark, Matthew and John.

Castle Trausnitz, founded 1204, hosts an excellent Museum about the history of the Wittelbacher and also offers a splendid view down on Landshut.

 

Paulaner Chimney Down

 

  

Hundreds of curious onlookers watched the blowing up of the Paulaner Beer Brewer Chimney at the Münchner Nockherberg.  (know from the “Derblecken” (roast). Paulaner beer is sold in three of the big beer tents on the “Wiesn” (Oktoberfest; Paulaner Festhalle Winzerer Fähndl with the striking yellow tower with the giant Maß, “Armbrustschützen-Festhalle” and “Käfer Wiesn-Schänke”. A event Sheila could not miss out on as no other duck here has documented the blowing up of buildings. I didn’t see any other ducks round. The event took place at 10:56 at July, 15’th, 2017. As far as Sheila can tell everything went fine, nobody was hurt. The eplosion sounded loud and deep after a warning signal and it took the chimney some moments to start breaking down.  Maybe thanks to the blessing of the Monk Franz of Paola (1416-1507) of the Paulaner monastic order. Paulaner is sponsor of the FC Bayern München and the beer is used for the “Weißbierdusche” (here another one)and played a role in the “Weißbierlüge” scandal. Funny thing was while driving home 10 minutes after the event the radio station BR Bayerischer Rundfunk ( one of the public stations Germans are forced to pay fees for) still said that the event would soon take place. And it was not the Paulaner Tower which was blown up as stated in the news. it was the Paulaner Chimney. The other Paulander Tower at the Nockherberg, part of the production plant was already braught down.  Donald Trump probably is right, it’s all fake media out there with the public sponsored radio in charge.

The chimney looking a little bit like a tower was built with brick Stones (here is a brick tower) and only view expolosives were needed to topple it.

 

40 y Rocky Horror

 

    THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Early this morning Luck Duck Sheila and some friends attended the 40’th anniversery of the first night opening of classical movie  “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW” in the “Museum-Lichtspiele München” which lasts 40 hours with ongoing repeating performances for 40 hours. You can still join (until 25.06.2017 evening). It is just over the river from the “Deutsches Museum“.

Frank, Sheila and Johann disappeared during the show for a while and returned exhausted, I don’t know what happend.

 

   

There is a  special movie hall in this theatre just for this film for many years and it has many frequent customers coming together every weekend and having a party and meatloaf for dinner. Dancing, singing and joining the show is very wellcome and supported by the operater by “Join the Show” packets for 2 Eur.  You can bring you own equipment too, here are some of the basics:

rice,  paper bag, newspaper, water-pistol, rubber glove, toilet-paper, confetti, party-popper, party-hat, a bell, toast, cards and don’t forget your dancing shoes. It’s a good idea to train ahead and profoundly know the procedures.

Though Sheila insisted to bring and use her own stuff I baught the packet as a souvenir.

Sheila braught some friends too. The film and theater is mentioned in many travellers guides about Munich.

The film Features Meat Loaf (role of “Eddi”) who is a well know collector of Rubber Ducks, playing the Saxophone in his short life appearance.  He also owns a celebrity Duck “Frankenfurter” (proudly Designed and Sculpted in the USA, Made in China).

Wikipedia says, that Meat Loaf’s music with his epic, long rock ballades refers to the music of German iconic composer Richard Wagner, a good friend of Wittelsbacher King Ludwig II. So to get some new wild Duck Links Sheila insisted to attend a opera performance of “Der Fliegende Holländer” (The Flying Dutchman)  created by Richard Wagner immediatly in the “Passionsspieltheater Oberammergau“.

And let me give you that advice: if you want to play the saxophone you have to put down the duckie. And since we of all the things are also enjoying Danny De Vito Dancing to this song, let me add this link to this masterpiece of technical engineering and movie highlight.

Yesterday  I also found this new Duck which is making bathtime a great time again and this original suitible song.

Dachau

Castle Dachau dates back to medieval times and the Counts of Dachau and was enlarged under Wittelsbacher Duke Wilhelm IV. and son Duke Albrecht V. 1546-1577 and was the prefered summer Residenz of the Wittelsbacher during these days.

View to the mountains and over the City of Munich (Allianz Arena, Olympiaturm)

 

 We finished with a cake (Buttermilk Berry) in the coffee shop in the Castle. They played very cool, relaxing modern chilling lounge music, perfect for a sunny day in a park.

After that we also visited the Dachau concentration camp where about 40.000 people where brutally murdered by the NAZIS and many more sent to other concentration camps to be murdered or to do forced labour there. Babarous medical experiments on humans have been committed here too. Johann Georg Elser who tried to assassinate Hitler 1939 in the Bürgerbräukeller was killed here too by the sore losers short before the camp was freed by the americans 1945.

Opera Munich, Staatsoper

Luck Duck Sheila joined the first presentation of the new film “GANZ GROSSE OPER” in the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. The Operahouse was turned into the biggest and nicest movie theater for that day. The film is about this Opera and the production of opera. Usually world class opera or music performed by highest ranking stars like Jonas Kaufmann who grew  up in Munich is played here almost every day in one of the highest ranking operahouses worldwide. Considering that, prices are very moderate. Sheila thought, the film was a bit boring  but still very interesting, with great Music, with some funny touch as well and will soon be shown in the movie theaters, a must see for every opera fan.

 Entrance to the Royal Box, reserved for state officials like Bavarian President Horst Seehofer these days.

The house also contains the special “Wittelsbacher Box” which is reserved for the “Wittelsbacher” familiy who founded, built and maintained the Opera. This is garantied by a state contract from 1919.

Sheila finished the event with a black forest cake in a coffee shop on her way home.

 

Ente im (vom) Lehel gone

Munich has many top restaurants. Once upon the time it also put up the Restaurant “Ente vom Lehel” (Duck of Lehel) in the Arabella Sheraton Hotel” in the Arabellapark. The Arabellapark hosts Munichs biggest density of high rise buildings, like the Hypo-Haus. It appears in this Music Video. The “Ente Vom Lehel” returned to Munich after it was in Wiesbaden for some years. Founder  Hans-Peter Wodarz born in Wiesbaden who started his career in the Hotel “Rose” in Wiesbaden, the “Bayerischer Hof” in Munich and at Star-Chef Eckhart Witzigmann (Tantris) opened his first own Restaurant “Ente im Lehel” 1975 in the quarter “Lehel” and moved it to Wiesbaden some years later as “Ente vom Lehel”. Than it came back to Munich as “Ente vom Lehel” in the Arabella Sheraton Hotel in the Arabellapark. It is no longer there though, it changed it’s name and operator. At least there is the Ducktail’s Bar  in the neighbourhood. Wodarz created the Restaurant and Dinner Show Tent Movement (Palazzo), “Pomp Duck and Circumstance” and also sold licences for Palazzo in time before the Dinner-Show Crisis. The only remaining operating Dinner Tent in Munich now is Schuhbecks Theatro.  Wodarz who said some years ago that he has brought 1.500.000 Ducks on german tables is a well known collector of Duck Art.

 Sheila in front of former “Ente im Lehel”.

Alter Peter, Munich

On another sunny day Sheila insisted to walk up on the tower of Munichs most iconic church, the “Alter Peter” (Old Pete) in the center of Munich, next to the Marienplatz and the Munich city hall.

On top of the “Münchner Rathaus” you find the “Münchner Kindl”, a iconic symbol of Munich which also joins the “Tachtenumzug” for the Munich Oktoberfest.

The “Münchner Kindl” appears in this music video.

To continue to take pictures of all sites in the mentioned video Sheila today climbed up on the tower of the “Alter Peter” the oldes documented church in Munich, which offers a splendid view over the inner city of Munich and also a good one of the Kindl on to of Munich’s city hall. The weather was great. “Der Alte Peter”, the “Hofbräuhaus“, the “Wiesn” Oktoberfest and the Müchner Kindl appear in the popular song, “Solang der alte Peter“, parts of which are still the jingle recognition song ot the “Bayerischer Rundunk” (radio, TV Broadcaster of Bavaria).

View to the “Frauenkirche” (abbey) and down to the Marienplatz.

Viktualienmarkt, München

Memorial of comedian “Karl Valentin” (appears in this music video)

The old, well known market place “Viktualienmarkt” of Munich, Bavaria (open since 1807) puts up many memorials of famous Bavarian celebreties. Like Karl Valentin (author of “Die alten Rittersleut“), Weiß Ferl (author of “Linie Acht“). We came here today on the day of “Blasmusik und Tracht“, brass music and bavarian dress “Lederhosen” and of course lots of beer.

  

Karl Valentin                                                                    Weiß Ferdl

  

Maypole (stolen again 2017) of the brewers of Munich to commemorat Wittelsbacher Duke Albrecht IV. who issued the “Münchner Reinheitsgebot” 1487 for beer, predecessor for the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot 1516 for Bavarian beer. (an even older Regulation in Munich dates back to 1447 from the city council).

Roider Jakl bavarian Folk-singer.

Cream-Puff-Pasture

As it is big enough for two People Dieter and I shared a Black Forest Cream-Puff in the “Windbeutelalm” (Cream-Puff alpine-pasture, also called “Almhütte”) and watched some of the wildlife in the pasture. They even got their own Maypole there.

 

We saw differnt kinds of wildlife.

 

Selcuk, Turkey, Artemision

The area and even the Center of Selcuk puts up many stork nests and Sheila had  fun watching the storks fly and feeding their chicks in the nests. Within the City Limits of Selcuk you will find the world class archiolocical sites of Ephesos (entrance fee for the closed compound required) and the Artemis temple which can be visited free of charge (visible on the Picture below, left of the big Isabey-mosque in the background). The mosque has impressive dimensions and a calm, peacefull inner court where you can enjoy the wonderful voice of the local muhezin. A lot of birds like swallows and daws are breading in the old walls.

 

  Sheila travelling in one of the legendary small busses Dolmus. Once you have understood the System with the help of friendly locals, using those mini busses is easy, reliable and comfortable.

A replica of the Artemis Temple was built about 1500 m North of the old Artemis temple at the end of Selcuk but it seems as it does not fullfills the promises. Everything was closed, not one car was parked there, no busses at all and I only saw one other person standing in a corner. A eary place. grass started growing through gaps in the nice marble floor and some of the marble panals were broken and the windows all were dirty. I had a hard time to find some information about this Investment (150 Million $ ???)  on the Internet, I only found this enthusiastic article from 2008. At least it is looking great. No half hour gladiator show was going on as promoted on the placard.

Selcuk also puts up a Castle in it’s Center and some amazing antique sites like the St. Jean Basilica , once one of the biggest churches of it’s time where nearby St. Jean is said to have been writing his Gospel in the upper smaller former church, later a cistern on top of the Castle hill.

Sheila in the cistern/chappel                                    and in front of the small mosque on Castle hill.

     antique bath tub?

Fountain in the City:

The area was struck by an earthquake about a  week after we left through Izmir, Turkey.

Samos, Samos, Greece

After landing in the big Harbour of Samos town on Samos Island coming in from Turkey, Kusadasi, Sheila discovered this Lion and got nervous as she thought it might be a Memorial for Wittelsbacher Kind of Greece Otto I. (Born in Salzburg 1815, king from 1832 – 1862, son of king Ludwig I. of Bavaria). After a Independence war Greece freed itselve from osmanic rule. Britan could get some naval bases in the eastern mediteranean Region, France only got some partw in Syria and Russia also supported the deal. Ludwig I. of Bavaria gave a loan of 60 Million franc to finance the deal. But other than the Lion in Nauplia on the Peleponnes this Lion commemortes the independance war as a whole, not the Wittelsbacher king. The Harbour is big enough to put up crusade ships and big ferries. I rented a car here in the Harbour and checked out the sites of Samos island Pythagorion and Heraion Crossing the borders from Turkey to Greece was the same procedure as at Airports, formal safety checks and immigration but both sides worked professionally and politely. There even is a duty free shop at border. Sheila expected to see some refugee boats on the sail trip but we didn’t see any. One or two greek Police patrol boats were speeding along the route during our time on board.

The area was struck by an earthquake about a  week after we left through Izmir, Turkey.

Samos, Pythagorion, Greece

Pythagorion, Greece together with the Heraion in Samos is on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritages so of course Sheila had to visit that place too after she visited the Heraion. The antique place here unfortunately was behind a fence on a closed compound. Probably german finance Minister Schäuble did not give enough Money to keep that place going. The local Museum was closed too at that day. But Sheila really enjoyed the small but picturesque harbour, one of the nicest Sheila has ever seen. Of course after all the excitement Sheila had to cool down with a nice bowl of ice cream with Blue Curaçao on it, directely in front of nice privat yachts in the harbour.

Samos, Heraion, Greece

Pythagorion, Greece together with the Heraion in Samos is on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritages so of course Sheila had to visit that place too. The Heraion was dedicated to antique godess Hera but Settlements already started in the third millenium before christ. Next to the Heroin of Argos on the Peneloponnes Greece, it was the most important holy place for Hera. The first temple “Dipteros” was built in a swamp and had to be given up for structural problems. The next one was built about 530 b.c. and only one of it’s old columns ist still or again standing. Sheila thinks, the grass there needs to be urgently cut in the vast compound, some highlights were barely visible such as mosaics on the floor. But maybe some things better stay covered to better protect them for future Duck Traveller.

 

    

Pamukkale, Turkey, Hierapolis

Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) respectivly Hierapolis is another UNESCO World Heritage Site with lots to see and do.

 

The cock is a local symbol and trademark and was a Symbol for antique god Hermes         Sheila in front of one of the old gates of Hierapolis.

Sheila of course had to take a dip in Cleopatra’s Antique Pool, once surmounted by a Roman Apollo temple. It was maybe given to Cleopatra by Mark Anthony, maybe they together enjoyed the pool. Getting round in the pool bare-footed was kind of tricky with the old broken antique columnes lying in and on the bottom of the pool, Sheila in one Hand and the action camera in the other,  but fun. Maybe Sheila is the first Rubber Duck to enjoy the pool. Cleopatra’s little sister  Arsinoë IV. lived and died in Ephesos 41 b.c. near by.

The old ruins are a impressive site.

Ephesos, Turkey

 In the big theater on the upper row.

While beeing in Kusadasi Sheila of course had to return to antique City Ephesos, one of the top archiological sites world wide and destination for many of the Cursade Ship tourists going to Kusadasi. Sheila was here 26 years ago on a Interail trip and the antique town is even more impressive now as before as a lot of work has been done in the widespread compound since that time. We were lucky, it was not yet season I think, it was not as crowded as shown on some pictures on the web. Yet hard to secretly  get pictures of Sheila alone in front of the famous buildings without posing and performing tourists. Ephesos of course is listed in the UNESCO world heritage list, located in Selcuk, about 20 km away from Kusadasi Harbour. It was not to hot either so we could really enjoy the place.

 

Sheila in front and in the big theater

 

Mysterious footprint (maybe a sign in front of a former brothel the square symbol probably stands for credit cards accepted) and another highlight, the Famous Library of Celsus

 

 

Some antique toilets                                                       and the Hadrian temple

 

Serapis temple, later a church in front of the upper congregation place Odeion at the upper “Agora” and more Stones. As I recently saw on TV Heron of Alexandria (“Mechanicus”, antique scientist, mathematician and sorcerer) built a steam driven automatic door opener in the old Serapis temple to amaze the masses. 1991 Sheila also visited the remains of the Artemis temple which was only one standing column at that time but she did not go there again this time. !! But it is on this Picture taken on this trip, left in the background, Sheila was supervising the shot.

It was one of the seven wonders of the antique world. Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Osman culture, different religions … all come together at Ephesos.  Arsinoë IV. the younger sister of Cleopatra died here 41 b.c.

The area was struck by an earthquake about a  week after we left through Izmir, Turkey.

 

 

Kusadasi

Sheila met her old friend Siegbert Squid. They occasionally meet each other under the sea to enjoy some Duck Weed together and talk about serious matters such as the global warming and the pollution of the ocean. Siegbert was surprised but happy to see Sheila again. Siegbert says all what they say about the global warming is just a hoax and that he has never felt any rise in air temperature. Friends of him the Valentine Beetles of Skyline Caverns which he however hasn’t seen for a long time have the same opinion, according to Siegbert. Siegbert however is concerned about all the plastic trash in the oceans and invasion of foreigners in his enclosure. Listen to this song too from 2011, years before the clima treaty of Paris and the refugee crisis.

 

As no Duck here has been photographed under water so far Sheila had to to the job so I booked a trip to Turkey and a excursion on a scuba diving boat. We got on a boat with excellent diving equipment and I booked a short but successfull guided show dive. I had to rent the biggest available suit though, those suckers tend to shrink as time passes.

 

 

Famous peace monument in the Harbour and well attended photo stop.

 Peace Memorial at the bay in Kusadasi

Excursion on the pretty Butterfly Island (also called Pigeon Island) in the bay of lively Kusadasi former antique Neapolis where frequently big Crusade ships land to allow their guest to visit the near by world class archiological sites such as Ephesos in Selcuk and the pretty town Kusadasi itself.

Sheila on the Butterfly Island (Pigeon Island in front of a Information sign about the birds of Kusadasi.

Start of a day Trip to Samos Greece, Sheila doing her usual savety checks on board and checking if the captain is doing his work properly.

When we came in 1991 we were on a much bigger ship , a car ferry one like the one which was lying in the Harbour next to the ship we were on this time.

 

Sheila suggested to protect yourselfe from the hot sun with a new hairdo.

 

 

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The ski-jumping hill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (in Partenkirchen) is lying at the Gudiberg (Gudi-mountain, in Partenkirchen) and puts  up the New-Years ski jumping event every year as part of the “Vierschanzentournee” , the pinnacle of the ski jumping season in Europe. It was also the site of the Olympic Games 1936, however on a much older construction at that time. It today is situated above the later built Olympic stadion which was built for the Olympic Games 1940 which were supposed to take place at the same spot but as Hitler had started WWII those Games were canceled. The building in the center however is the one, where Hitler opened the Games of 1936. Norway (Birger Ruud) as so many times later won the Gold Medal 1936. With the Olympic summer Games in Berlin 1936 and the ones in 1972 in Munich Germany hosted the Games 3 times. Dieter joined me on that hike up to a plattform in a height of  871 m almost at the top of the latest award winning construction IOC/IAKS Award in Gold, which was opened in 2007 only days before the Neujahrsspringen 2008 after austrian architects and companys achieved the almost impossible fast construction in less than a year.

  

The Gudiberg is also used for World Cup Slalom races. The Downhill Races (Kandahar) take place in the other part of the town, Garmisch.

 

Dieter in the Jury room and and the stairs (Himmelsleiter, stairway to heaven). The facility ist used for ski-jump in summer too and only accessible for visitors on special days.

 

Garmisch – Partenkirchen once again applied for the Olympic Games 2018 but failed as the Population did not want it.

 

 

On the Rathausplatz in Garmisch Partenkirchen (Partenkirchen) we saw this pretty locomotive, a cock wheel train before used on the tracks up to the Zugspitze mountain, Germanys highest mountain.

The local prison, nickname “Kaffee Loisach” close to the Loisach River is operatet by the prison in Landsberg. Partenkirchen was founded by the romans along the newer Via Reatia which superceded the older Via Augusta to Augsburg. Wittelsbacher King Ludwig II. stayed in town several times as he possessed a Castle high above the town in the lonely mountains, the “Königshaus Schachen”. Composer Richard Strauß lived in this town.

 

FCB Full Hand

Sheila and Dieter, Ulrichs brother had the luck to meet some of the champions of the FC Bayern Munich in the Audi Foto Shooter Box in the FCB Erlebniswelt in the Allianz Arena Munich today and to drive them to Munich Marienplatz to prepare the celebration of the 5’th championship in a row in the “Deutsche Bundesliga” 2017. Well done, thank you for all the thrill and good times.

 

 

1. May, Maypole Perlach

, Sheila the day before the erection of the Maypole

Since medieval times the erection of a Maypole is common in germanitic coutries but also practised in Skandinavia (here also common in midsummer) or in german communities in America. Some foreign partner cities also received them as a present from their german partners. (Domont France)

The Maypoles in Bavaria are normally erected by “Burschenvereine” (clubs of “not to old” unmarried men ) and erecting the Maypoles is the most important assignment of those clubs next to promoting local friendship (saludos amigos). Touching a Maypole if you are not a member of the club is forbidden and not adequate. A big and imporant tradition and second most important assignment of “Burschenvereine” in Bavaria is steeling the Maypole of other clubs before the erection and it is a big and serious issue to guard the tree ahead of the big event. Any attempt to steel the tree has to stop as soon as any of the members of the home team Burschenverein puts his hand on the tree. No fight ist allowed. If the tree is stolen than horable, serious negotiations have to start about the ransom money (in form of  beer and a “Brotzeit” (bavarian buffet) and it always ends in a big party (it seems as some clubs like it if their Maypole is stolen). In an outstanding event the Maypole on the Zugspitze was stolen 2004 presumed by the help of a helicopter by Austriens. The Zugspitze is Germanys highest mountain.

This years erection of the Maypole party in Perlach, (part of Munich) by the BURSCHENVEREIN PERLACH E.V.  is running right at the moment, the last salute shots to indicate the successfull procedure have been shot only minutes ago, the brass music is playing and now it’s time to celebrate. To be able to make it through the long nights of guarding the Maypole the Buschen have to be able to drink big amounts of beer. The BURSCHENVEREIN PERLACH successfully stole Maypoles the past years. Sheila has no information about this year.

Size of course also matters, the bigger the Maypole the better. Since seveal years and occasional accidents it is no longer allowed to erect Maypolse by muscle power in Munich (insurance is also an issue) so cranes are deployed these days which gives more time to celebrate. Normally there is a friendship between the local fire department and the Burschenvereinen as the young members may be members of both.

The evening before, boys and girls practising for the dance round the Maypole taking place the next day next to the still grounded Maypole already with live brass music (small combo)

At the picturesque town’ s place next to the brook, war memorial and local church. Another true picture book Bavaria.

Getting by the branches of one of the trees next to the rising Maypole took all the cleverness and experience of many years. Some of the motto pannels (of traditional craftmen) on the right side had to be attached after the Maypole was already standing. With the pannels already on the Maypole it would not have fitted through the branches.The Maypole is a real beauty and big, Sheila will try to get more informations soon. Update: according to this video it is more than 34 m high.

 

To celebrate the event, Sheila and I shared a “Weißbier” from “Ayinger”, another good local bavarian beer brewer in Aying. Phillip Lahm, bavarian soccer star playing for the FC Bayern Munich married in Aying 2010.

I suggest you scroll into the google satellite picture and check out more of the American Alternative Facts. In fact there is only one Maypole and not two like indicated on the google picture.

The Burschenverein Oberpframmern tried to steel the Perlacher Maypole this year 2017 at 4 a clock in the night but the attentive, still sober enough crew of the Perlacher in their well equiped “Wachhütten” (guards hut) could prefent the attempt.

 The hut was equipped with flipper machines, drinks and food supply and Pay-TV to make it through the long nights of guarding. There is also some sort of tourism, travelling fr0m guard hut to guard hut and have a drink or too with the local Burschen, the drinks which are also provided for the visitors. A sacrilege however was committed by a overmotivated women club which smeered some paint on the tree but the crime was documented on camera and the culprits caught. They had to pay for the damage.

And here are some more pictures of the now beautifully standing Maypole in Perlach.

In another striking event another important Maypole in Munich was stolen 2017, the iconic Maypole on the Viktualienplatz 36 m high with the panel of the Wittelsbacher Herzog Albrecht IV. This amazing coup was accomplished by an alliance ot the Burschenvereine Ismaning, Neufinsing and Unterföhring, each of them of course having their own Maypoles which are renewed normally every 5 years or so.

Maypole in Ismaning

and Unterföhring, Sheila sitting on the back wings of a helicopter right in the town center of Unterföhring were a local fare took place today and where the helicopter was shown. Sheila insisted to make a stop. The helicopter was   n o t    used to steel the treee on the Viktualienmarkt 2017.

 

Red vs. Blue Razorbacks / Hogs

Today a historical football game took place, the first match of the Red against the Blue Razorback in the German Zweite Bundesliga (second league). A event Sheila could not miss. So we drove to Fürstenfeldbruck west of Munich and startet the sportive day with a big american burger and frensh fries and some cake of course. Then we enjoyed the exiting game of the Fursty Razorbacks vs. the Ravensburg Razorbacks which made the game complicated to watch because you never knew whose first down it always was. Sheila is a fan of the Red Fursty Razorbacks and wanted to kick and throw the old pig skin but we had to learn that it is to big for her. The weather was great, cool but sunny. Though Germans prever to watch soccer, football has become more popular the past years since the Superbowl is also broadcasted on German TV now.

Canards Jets Aviators Rockets

As Sheila next to being a passionate traveller also has a lot of interest in technical stuff she visited the “Flugwerft Schleißheim” at Oberschleißheim north of Munich. (next to the Wittelsbacher castle complex of Schleißheim)

Sheila was able to look at and walk through a fascinating Dornier Do 31 E-3, 1967 a vertical-start aircraft like the contemporary “Osprey“.

  

The Do 31 E-3   left and attached to the ceiling the Solair 1, the solar driven plane based on the the glider “Canard 2 FL from Switzerland, a “Duck Airplane” built by Hans Farner. It was not very successfull after the constructor died in a crash with it and the planes were taken out out of the market.

Sheila also learned about the mayby first motorized flight by German “Gustav Weißkopf” (Gustave Whitehead, he changed his name after moving to the USA) which was in many newspapers 1901 and had several wittnesses, two years before the famous Wright Brothers performed their first motorized flight 1903. The brothers Wilbur and Orville are said to have been visiting Whithead and having got some of their ideas from Whitehead. The Smithsonian Institute in Washington had to sign a paper that they would never say, the Wright Brothers did not perform the first flight in order to get the plane of the brothers for their exhibition hall. That document does still exist and the fact that it does tells it’s own story.

Weißkopf was a clever selfmade constructor who worked as a capenter and on a sailship before but not a clever business man. It doesn’t matter if  you don’t know shit from shinola, as long as you know how to promote shit as shinola.

The Flugwert Schleißheim Museum ist Part of the “Deutsches Museum” in Munich. The Deutsches Museum built a replica of Weißkopf’s plane using Whiteheads plans, to test if it would fly, and yes, indeed it did. They did use modern material though and a modern engine.

Sheila had the chance to visit Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hill in North Carolina 2011 and see the spot where the Wright Brothers performed their first flight. And she also visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 2011 where you can see a lot of german achievements in air and space technology. American stuff of course too.

In the Museum in the Flugwert Schleißheim Sheila also learned about the glider plane pioneer “Otto Lilienthal” who is commemorated with a bust in the museum as well as Willy Messerschmid,

   

who built the first usable jet fight planes. Some of his jets can be seen in the Museum. Sheila of course had to use the chance to climb on the pilots seat in one of the fight jets which was a popular past time for the visiting kids. I renounced as it looked quite small.

Check out this hero braving a swarm of Messerschmid fight jets in WWII getting in a mess. . The director did not focus much on propper german in that movie nore on math. (Nickel, Pfennig)

His plane M163 (left) only wing plane also had astonishing stealth abilities. The propeller in the front served to produce electricity. The reach was very limited though. And another Me Jet on the right. The jet engines were developed parallel by Hans von Ohain (Germany) and Frank Whittle (officer in the royal airforce). Hans von Ohain however was the first one to make it fly as he could entuse investor Hinkel whereas Whittle had problems so find Support in the brittish armee hierachy at the beginning.

The jets at that time had been produced close to Augsburg, later partly in “Ringeltaube” at Kaufering close to Landsberg and in “Duck and Cerusit” in Oberammergau and other underground places after the “U-Verlagerung” 1944.

The Flugwerft Schleißheim still has a operating airfield for private planes. It is the oldest still operating airport in Germany. Sheila also learned that Porsche had been producing sports planes for a while and a Porsche Plane is exhibited in the Museum. And we did see a plane start form the airfield which looked like the Porsche plane in the Museum. (the 4 pixles in the upper middle of the picture, Sheila was too slow to do her hair and pose in front of the starting plane)

Before WWII and before the Museum was established, the Flugwerft Schleißheim served as Royal (Wittelsbacher) Airfield (the oldest still operating airfield in Germany). At the moment there is a exhibition in the Museum about famous painter “Paul Klee” (who together with Kandinsky founded the “Blaue Reiter in Café Luitpold who was lucky as the Wittelsbacher royal family was always promoting art, and after the death of  painter Franz Marc in WWI, Verdun France and other popular painters from Munich did not want to loose another art star. So crown prince Rupprecht, son of Ludwig III. (“Millibauer”) helped that Paul did not have to fight in the front lines but instead could do his military service in the save base far away from the front lines.

Not far away is another former airfield “Oberwiesenfeld” (1906) on a former military barracks area which today is also covered by the Olympiapark Munich.

  The museum also displays rocket technic and offers the chance to start a rocket in a 5 m. high tube with the help of compressed air. Sheila of course had to inflate the pressure tank and make the rocket fly.

Pionier Otto Lilienthal is also commemorated with a street name in the town of Ottobrunn next to Munich, close to the AIRBUS and EADS companies in Ottobrunn.

  in an eerie neighborhood with many cameras, antennas and mysterious buildings. If you are lucky you can see helicopters perform stunts above the neighboring fields, causing a lot of noise.

Messerschmid airospace merged with Bölkow Blom and became MBB after WWII and later EADS.

To accomplish the day of the Aviators Sheila had a excellent  “Route 66 Dinner Buffet at the” Hilton at the Munich Airport at the Charles Lindbergh restaurant. (next to the bar where they have the Volkswagen Doppelpass TV Sport Show every Sunday about the Bundesliga.

 

Bürgerbräukeller

Short after the start of WW II Georg Elser, a carpenter who had also been working in the watch industry producing cases for the watches,  tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler  at the 8.11.1939 and several other heads of the N.S.D.A.P in the “Bürgerbräukeller” in Munich, a place where striking speeches of Nazi heads had been held. Another big beer palace in Munich like the Hofbräuhaus at that time. Hitlers “Marsch auf die Feldherrnhalle” started here.

The Bürgerbräukeller no longer exists, the remains were torn down in the 1970’s and now there are a new built hotel and business building at that place. Elser is commemorated with a memorial plate on the compound and a exhibition window on the outside of the administration and library building of the “Gasteig”, a multifunctional building with a concert hall.

Hitler was lucky that day, as he left earlier after a speech than expected. Georg Elser was arrested, mistreated, tortured but did not receive a formal trial. He was braught to the NAZI Concentration Camp Dachau

where he stayed until 20 days before the camp was freed by the Americans. He was shot/murdered by the sore losers at the 9. April 1945 in Dachau without a formal lawsuit. In the cells in the KZ Dachau where he was bared, information panels have been set up.

 The Gasteig Concert hall near the former Bürgerbräukeller.

April 1926 Dr. Goebbels, after having been invited by  Adolf Hitler held a striking 2 1/2 hour speech in the Bürgerbräukeller. He received a lot of applause and a hug of Hitler who had tears in his eyes. Goebbels was reprimanded soon later though by Hitler as he again could not stop to promote his socialistic ideas.

Dr. Goebbels, decendig from a catholic middle class family from the Rheinland with contacts to intellectual Jews after years of a busy student live (Philologi, Germanistic, History 1919-20 also in Munich) in relative poverty, and with depressive periods graduated 1921 as a Dr. Phil. During his student live and  even after his graduation he was always lacking money which probably also caused him to loose his beloved girlfriend. It took some years working in different jobs (also in a bank and as a writer) during the inflation time until he finally got on his feet and made a carreer in the NAZI familiy in western Germany as he turned out to be a brilliant speaker. At the start he did not like the NAZIS as he wrote 1921: “Seh ich nur ein Hakenkreuz, krieg ich schon zum Kacken Reiz” (if I see a swastika, I have to poop)

Here are some swastica examples, visible in Munich. The symbol is not an exclusive NAZI Symbol, quite abundant in Asia too as a Symbol of the sun.

It was not Hitlers concept, to harm the industry much or the old noble society. Propaganda was more important for the means than boring intellectual discussions. A lesson, which more intellectual Dr. Goebbels still had to learn. So the Dr. posponed those ideas and indulged in the advantages of a live under the by Goebbels adored and considered “divine” star Hitler.

Dr. Goebbels nickname “Der Bock von Babelsberg” (the buck/stallion of Babelsberg) who used his position as propaganda minister to get in touch with many young and beautiful actresses (his toys) as he had a lot of influence on the german film industy. Goebbels himselve appeares in the Disney cartoon “Der Fuehrer’s Face” as the man who playes the trombone, a kind of extra long, shining trumpet. While poor Donald has to work 48′ hour shifts in his nightmare. (this man has too)

Olympiapark Munich

As we did not get to see the “Olympiaturm” in the Olympiapark in Munich from below outside due to the thickest fog and smog Sheila ever encountered on New Years Eve, we decided to go there again on a sunny day and shoot some pictures in the park and of the tower. We enjoyed I nice sunset on the sunny, chilly day.

The Olympiaturm appears in this music video.

  

As I planed to walk up on the ” Großer Schuttberg” (huge pile / hill of debris in the park; made of debris from WWII and trash) I had the idea to cut the way short and to walk over the frozen “Olympiasee” (Olympic Lake). I ignored that wasn’t wearing adequate shoes and I did not get further than 2 meters until I found out I had no grip at all. So I returned to the save shore on extrem tottery legs making a complete fool out of myselve being asked if I would require help.

And then I went the long way round the lake and finally up the mountain. The mountain is high enough that they even for some years performed Slalom World Cup races there but with the global warming the risk to have to cancel thoses races has become too big. There is even an “Alpine Pasture Hut” “Olympialm” up there, a good place to fill up before f.e. going to a “Rolling Stones” concert in the “Olympiastadium” or a “Tote Hosen” concert in the “Olympiahalle” (multifunctional hall) or sports events. If you want to save money you can get a little bit of the music from the distance for free while being up there during the concerts.

The “BMW Welt” is just next door to the park across the big ring street “Mittlerer Ring”.

 

 

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