Category Archives: art

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There’s more to Epfach, an unassuming little village along the Lech, than first meets the eye. It’s a very, very old settlement, in fact. Older, even, then most German towns — Munich, for example, was first established in the 12th … Continue reading

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We’re Doomed

Sure, the refugee situation is grabbing all the headlines, but what are we going to do about the Giant Ant Infestation currently spreading over Tyrol? They’ve already reached Hochzirl!

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Hardy’s Map

While packing for a long train trip to Styria, I pulled a couple of books of the shelf to help pass the time. Thomas Hardy’s “The Return of the Native” was I book I supposedly had read in high school … Continue reading

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Weekend Mountain Blogging

Impressions of a walk in one of my favorite patches of forest. There’s something sinewy and fluid about this spruce’s upended roots. A wood-sprite, perhaps, giving me the eye. Stacks of rails; there’s maintenance work going on (which seems to … Continue reading

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Notburga of Rattenberg

First, a bit of background on Notburga (pronounced Note-boor-ga). She was born in Rattenberg, a small town east of Innsbruck, around 1265 to a couple of hatmakers, and proved to be an extraordinarily intelligent and competent woman. She hired herself … Continue reading

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A Chapel in Axams

A free Sunday afternoon and it happens to be Tag des Denkmals in Austria. This is a day for  cultural and historical monuments across the country, and often there is the chance to see something not normally open to the … Continue reading

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It’s All Related

And here we tie the two previous posts together with a 15th-century ribbon: Und hier fügen wir die beiden vorherigen Beiträge mit einem Band aus dem 15. Jahrhundert zusammen: Albrecht Dürer, Brenner Road in the Eisack Valley, 1495. Made, as … Continue reading

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Five Views of Old Innsbruck 1496-1750

The Beau found a postcard in an old book, with this image of a painting by Albrecht Dürer. It shows the inner courtyard of the Hofburg in Innsbruck, or the “Hof der Burg”. I was immediately curious. Because: you look … Continue reading

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Just Because

Yes Ms. Ellroon, there are bears — safely kept across the valley in the Alpenzoo. But if one should escape and head for the Paschberg, it might not know what to make of the #6 tram… Ja Frau Ellroon, es … Continue reading

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Forest Blogging

A free morning meant a walk in my favorite nearby patch of woods. Eine freier Morgen bedeutet einen Spaziergang nah gelegenen meinem Lieblings- Wäldchen. A mossy green forest floor. We have had very little winter this year. North America seems … Continue reading

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