June 30, 2008

Germany Calling!

My German friend Richy called a couple of days ago. We have not been able to talk to each other in several months. So, I called him today. It was about midnight his time. He is doing very well, busy of course at work he was still doing his laundry when I call. He needs to get up about 6:00 a.m. tomorrow to take his son to kindergarten and then go on to work. He works for " Man" trucking firm. The picture to the left is a shoot of the town square courthouse in Munich. It is called in German Der glockenspiel. It consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. The top half of the Glockenspiel tells the story of the marriage of the local Duke Wilhelm V (who also founded the world famous Hofbräuhaus) to Renata of Lothringen. In honour of the happy couple there is a joust with life-sized knights on horseback representing Bavaria (in white and blue) and Lothringen (in red and white). The Bavarian knight wins every time of course. This is then followed by the bottom half and second story: Schäfflerstanz (the coopers' dance). In the 16th century a particularly bad period of the plague hit town and everyone went into hiding. The first people to dare go back onto the streets were barrel makers who performed a big dance to show that it was okay to come out again.
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