Category Archives: history

In Via: Raisting

* If one is interested, as I am, in the routes of the Roman roads in southern Bavaria, then one has probably heard of Raisting; the north-to-south road from the Brenner Pass to Augsburg (Via Raetia) and the southwest-to-northeast road … Continue reading

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These Interesting Times

Lately I have been affected by a certain variety of writer’s block. It goes like this: I get an idea, find a few nice pictures, write up a few paragraphs to go with the pictures, and then read about the … Continue reading

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First Class Gets The Red Carpet

I’m not actually a “train buff”, the kind that knows the arrival times of trains I’m not taking somewhere. I do ride them a lot, however, which means I am often in trains, stations, on platforms. Sometimes one sees interesting … Continue reading

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Soviodurum, and a Mysterious Stone Object

I had the chance to visit Straubing, a small town along the Danube in Lower Bavaria – basically I was there on business, but arrived a few hours earlier in order to see the Roman exhibit at the town museum. … Continue reading

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The Jewish Cemetery at St. Ottilien

Near the Ammersee lies a Benedictine Monastery named for St. Ottilien, or St. Odile of Alsace (A recounting of St. Odile’s life on Wikipedia reads somewhat like a season wrap-up of Game of Thrones.) If you find yourself near the … Continue reading

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River Exploration

Cycling along the Ilz River on a free Sunday, I left the noise of traffic and small city life, rounded a curve… …and found myself in France. Actually, this is called Hals, it’s part of Passau, and gets its name … Continue reading

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Circumitus: Batavis, Boiodurum

(The name actually refers to the bicycle route and is not, apparently, what the Romans called it.) This posting hails from the other side of Bavaria, a “detour” onto the Roman road which follows the Danube and also the boundary … Continue reading

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In via: Abodiacum

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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A Idea of Mine

I have a confession to make. Beyond all the other things I am doing right now – singing, translating, assisting in a bookselling business – I have a project in mind for the future. I want to put together a … Continue reading

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Nazi Bedtime Stories

The next estate dissolution in which we took part involved the sale of a rather large piece of land in the middle of Munich. A rich textile-industry dynasty family had a villa there with a spacious guest house, and basement … Continue reading

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