>We paid a visit to the Museum Starnberger See, in the chic town of Starnberg last weekend, mainly because we’d been told it housed an ancient logboat. We didn’t find one (possibly it had been part of a temporary exhibit) but we did learn about other interesting things, such as the royal boats that plied the lake’s water back when the Kings of Bavaria had residences there. The largest and most spectacular was the Bucentaur, a replica of a Venetian floating palace (think of a 15th-century Trump Princess, with lots more gold) where the King hosted big parties. All that remains are paintings of it, and some of its exterior decorations, such as this split-finned mermaid.
One popular event was a kind of floating hunting party. Hunters and dogs would chase a stag to the shoreline, where he would then try to swim away — straight toward where the ship was waiting, with hunters (and I guess the King as well) ready for the kill. Then they’d all go to the shore and have dinner.
Part of the museum, dealing with early farm life and such, had a set of old church statues, some of whom were like nothing I’d seen before. There were no explanations of the statues, so we were pretty much left to your own interpretations. Such as, here’s Mary and Jesus on lunch break.
Jesus having a friendly argument with the Patron Saint of Bowling, whoever he is.
Did you think wave pools were something recent? I did, but this one, at the Undosa Bad on Lake Starnberg, had a wave machine installed in 1905. It’s not there anymore, the maintenance costs were too much for the owners, who had it removed in the 1921.