Home of our Holy Father, Benedict XVI

Trip Start Jan 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2010

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Saturday, January 23, 2010

Early saturday morning we headed from the youth hostel to Munich. Our first stop was the Cathedral that was the Pope's when he was bishop of Munich. it was BEAUTIFUL. it's called..well, it translates to "The Virgin's Church" in English, but i think they call it the Church of our Lady..one of the kings of Bavaria is buried in this church as well, it's considered a land mark in Munich. We had a short walking tour of munich, and the rest of the day was ours. We ate lunch (bratwurst and German Potato salad) in an open air market...and then froze as we walked around trying to figure out what we wanted to do, and ended up in a starbucks *gasp* i know...but it was someplace warm to sit and look at a map.

We thawed and decided to head to the Residenz Palace...some 90 rooms to tour in the Palace. it was so COOL. good choice.  Many of the pictures are from the Palace, and i'll do my best to remember what rooms they were. They had a saint's relics room...which was kinda creepy. lots of skulls and hands...and weird body parts that we don't REALLY know to be true (the head of John the Baptist...AND his mother??) and there were three babies too..hmmm. In the Chapel in the Palace, we had a 'private concert' of sorts. there was a trio..two violins and a chello rehersing for something, but the music was beautiful.

After the palace, we headed to the hofbrauhaus (pronounced "hof-bra-house") beer hall  and had dessert (alas, no beer, it was expensive)...and then headed back to the buses, and another 2 hours back to salzburg to the Youth Hostel...

For last leg of the journey, see the Monsee blog,....

PS--on the walking tour, we went to St. Peters, where the Patron Saint of Single ladies, "Munditia" is.....She was found in the catacombs in Rome and was brought here to this Church, and she was single. Our RD and walking tour guide says there is usually a line of woman who pray at this altar. She's wrapped in shroud and holding a quill....and is behind glass, but you can see her skeleton through the shroud.
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