Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Munich: A Photo Safari to the Land of Brezels (Pretzals)

What's not to love about Munich and Bavaria? Plenty of historical churches, palaces and clock towers go with the joy of the AutoBahn (I hit 107 mph), pork roast, schnitzels and apple streudel. It's a beautiful place. The Bavarian people are very friendly to Americans and the weather was perfect. Enjoy!

Some of the many towers seen from the Marienplatz (St. Mary's Square) , in Munich. To the left is Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), and to the right is Peterskirche (St. Peter's church).

The lion stands in front of the Feldherrnhalle, built in 1844. The church in the background to the right is the Theatliner finished in 1768. Both are prominent buildings onthe Odeonplatz.

The Fish Fountain on Marienplatz is a popular hang-out and meeting place.

Many ornate sculptures can be found on the Neues Rathus (New City Hall).

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At 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Brezeln, not bretzals. Geeze.

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Jim Fisher said...

It's "geesh" not "Geeze."

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Jim Fisher said...

pret·zel (prĕt'səl)

A glazed, brittle biscuit that is salted on the outside and usually baked in the form of a loose knot or a stick.

[German Brezel, Pretzel, from Middle High German brēzel, prēzel, from Old High German brezitella, from Medieval Latin *brāchitellum, diminutive of Latin bracchiātus, branched, from bracchium, arm, from Greek brakhīōn, upper arm.]

WORD HISTORY The German word Brezel or Pretzel, which was borrowed into English (being first recorded in American English in 1856) goes back to the assumed Medieval Latin word *brāchitellum. This would accord with the story that a monk living in France or northern Italy first created the knotted shape of a pretzel, even though this type of biscuit had been enjoyed by the Romans. The monk wanted to symbolize arms folded in prayer, hence the name derived from Latin bracchiātus, “having branches,” itself from bracchium, “branch, arm.”


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