Thursday, July 18, 2013

Beautiful Munich

 Greetings from Munich!  There is SO much to see, we can hardly absorb it.  

 I didn't sleep much on the plane, so here I am looking very weary.  I did drink the lighter glass of beer.  I had to, being in a beer garden and all.  
 Here is the confusing train station.  Whew, we did figure out which trains to ride today.  The system is so efficient and the trains ride so smoothly.
 We went by train and by bus to Dachau.  I have just finished a book titled Priestblock 25487 by Jean Bernard.  I wanted to see the barrack  (#25) but there are only replica barracks.  The camp was SO big.  To see the yard where the cruel roll calls were conducted was chilling to say the least.  

 This was the prison part of the camp.  Solitary confinement meant cold cement cells.
 I will never understand the human cruelty that took place during that dark period in history, but I am convinced that it is essential that we hold ourselves to a high standard of kindness each and every day.  I have a lot to learn about the practicality of kindness, the simple gestures of selflessness.  I plan on working on this the rest of my life.
I feel that it is a great privilege to travel.  I'm grateful.  I DO miss my home and I look forward to resting there soon.  We saw so many school children hopping on and off the trains today.  They look just like kids from America and they are happy, too.  Soon I shall go back to meet my eleven year olds as I begin a new school year.  
Thank you very much for stopping by.  


M.K. said...

Oh, it does my heart good to see your smiling face, even after a long journey! Munich looks bright and lovely. I also went to Dachau many years ago (28 years ago?) It was a sobering, sad place. So very glad you are on your trip and growing new happy memories with your hubby. Enjoy and relax when you can. Love you!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, have a wonderful time there!

Lynn said...

You already are kind and selfless.

thequiethomeblog said...

Wow, I didn't know you were travelling so far from home PP! Like you, I am at a loss when I think about those dark times in history. It's good to be determined to be selfless and loving. Big hugs, xxxx

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Oh thanks for sharing. Our son will be there in September. Enjoy...loved the pictures.

Lisa Richards said...

Okay, why didn't I know you were going to Germany? Come on brain!
Hope you absorb a lot of GOOD memories along with learning of some sad things. Good to see you blogging again, friend!

Provincial Homemaker said...

Oh Pom Pom, I love Munich. I just have to say I had the best hot chocolate I ever had there. We caught the tram out to the Nymphemburg Palace, and when we had finished looking around, came out the front gates and went to the cafe immediately on the right (as in turn right when you get out of the gates. it was so thick and beautiful straight from the hot chocolate fountain- perfect on a December Winter Day!

Bonnie said...

I love seeing your photos Pom Pom. I'm glad you are having a wonderful trip. I have not been to Dachau but my husband has. Such inhumanity is hard to stomach but hopefully it reminds us to be better and kinder and more charitable and tolerant. Loved this post.

libbyquilter said...

like you, i find it overwhelming to think of cruelty on such a huge scale . . . the photos are chilling but i can imagine that actually being there must be quite profound.

i do find you to be very kind and can only aspire to have as much love and grace in my heart as you seem to have.
i hope that we all can see this horror as inspiration to do better and love more.

take care Pom Pom.


Betty the Wood Fairy said...

I have never forgotten age 12 seeing a school video about this camp and bursting into tears it was so distressing. I would imagine that place holds an atmosphere that leaves an impact on every person who sets foot - I have not been there but would compare it to my visit once to the River Kwai - camps like these could only have been created by the most evil of minds and visits like this do change us I think. Your writing always reveals selflessness and compassion Pompom, I think we leave footprints in time and that every person who steps over those places with a good heart, leaves a little bit of themselves and makes it a better place. I hope the rest of your travels are loads of fun. Betty x

ann said...

The gift of travel is wonderful. I enjoy reading about others' travels. And exhausting. Your photos are great.

wayside wanderer said...

Both beautiful and sobering. (No pun intended.) I love cold beer. Safe travels! I can't wait to see and hear more.

Farm Girl said...

All I can say is it just blows my mind. I will be showing my kids the pictures you have of Dachau In a way it kind of makes me sick. I guess that is due to the cruelty of man to other human beings. I am with you, we must never stop being kind to one another. I love the pictures of Munich and the train station. Your cups and saucers give me joy.

debbie bailey said...

There's an interesting museum there in a castle. I can't remember the name of it, but it's right there in town. I went to Dachau but couldn't see much of it. Not because it wasn't available. I just couldn't handle it knowing what had taken place there. Unspeakable!

Have good travels and enjoy Europe! Post lots of photos for us!

GretchenJoanna said...

I was in Munich a LONG time ago, mostly just to get on a train. :-) You need to just enjoy the moment and absorb what absorbs - I'm sure that's what you are doing. :-) Probably you can rest when you get home!