This was an exciting day for me. My friend Nick was in Berlin when The Wall came down, and I’ve always been envious of that experience. I’ve been near historical events, but I’m not sure I want to be anywhere near the tanks or the stress that seem to be involved in real historical moments.
However, today was the twenty-second anniversary of that event. The Reunification of Germany. One of the most momentous things that’s happened in our lifetime. I don’t care how old you are.
Each year, the celebration for the event goes to a different capital of a German federal state and this year? Horst Seehofer, the Minister President of Bavaria, is the head of the Bundesrat, which is one house of the federal government, and his state’s capital is my adopted hometown.
Munich – that’s right.
So, I got up early. Walked my dogs to the event and spent nearly the whole day there. With a few healthy breaks, I might add. Here’s my walk toward the festivities with a bit about said festivities.
Elvira Straße round the corner from where I live
Then I turned the corner into Nymphenburger Straße, which is the old King’s Road that the royals took to their summer castle. What might that castle be called? Nymphenburger Schloß, of course.
colours in the trees and the Bianchi shop up the street
Ella and Louis love every day equally, but I like to kid myself that they were sensitive to my excitement.
‘Can you smell that?’ Ella asks her brother. ‘It’s the whiff of Reunification.’
Something I didn’t see nearly as often here as I do today – the German flag. Thanks to football and some sort of national healing, the co-perpetrators of the Second World War can finally say they’re proud of their country without being accused of being Fascists.
The Black, Red and Gold of the flag of the Federal Republic of Germany
Please don’t ask me what this building was originally used for, but now it’s part of the Technische Üniversität.
reminds me of Hamburg, not Munich
Love ivy on a wall, and while these green and then later red leaves aren’t actually ivy, they crawl up the wall in the same way. It’s one of my favourite sights in autumn.
Now, we’ve finally arrived at the party. Here’s the Theatinerkirche on the Odeonsplatz:
beautiful day, eh?
Every party in Bavaria demands at least one Dachshund. This one had two.
‘A Hund ist er scho…’
There’s so much more to tell you about this day, but it’s late. It’ll have to wait for another day.
Next year’s festivities? Up the road in Stuttgart.
3 October 2013? Wanna go?