ahnengalerie asked:

Interesting you didn't learn about the wars at school. Both were also fought in parts of Africa. Well, Africans didn't have a big choice, the colonial powers didn't ask for permission (as usual). Don't read all books in a row, or you'll be depressed all summer! Cheers from Berlin

Yeah, I wish we did because I have interests in history and hated not having a good understanding, especially whenever it was referred to in my sociology class. It’s long overdue and I have to this summer. I have read so far of France exerting power over Morocco, and Germany’s jealousy and interference. Really Kaiser Wilhelm sounds like a real spoilt brat so far. i’m looking forward to see how this happens in other African countries too. Thanks, for your comments. I’ll have to fight the depression somehow…

Look what I found on the flea market last Sunday! A whole box full of vintage oval shaped frames. Most of them with curved glass, many are Bakelite & some even wood with black shellack. The guy who sold them to me had absolutely no idea what a treasure this is. Usually it takes me several month to gather that many frames in this quality. Frame porn!

Five German palaces of beauty for travellers: Residenz, Munich

The Wittelsbach family were masters of Munich for almost 700 years, mostly as dukes of Bavaria. They had a castle, which still stands, from the 13th century but late in the 15th started rebuilding on an already fortified site on the north edge of the old town.

Early in the 17th century the duke Maximilian I became an elector prince of the Holy Roman empire and made Munich his official residence.

The result is the opulent Residenz, facing Max-Joseph-Platz and extending north along Residenzstraße to the Hofgarten. The present palace of 130 chambers has had many builders and eras, in styles including Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical. The palace complex includes a series of eight courtyards.

Maximilian’s commissions included dazzling halls on the north side of the complex facing the Hofgarten. The ensemble of chambers includes highlights such as the extraordinary Renaissance Antiquarium, a 60m long vaulted and richly frescoed hall dating to 1579, and the ornate (and now reconstructed) 18th century Cuvilliés-Theater. The Ahnengalerie includes a hundred portraits of Wittelsbach princes through the centuries painted into the carved gilt panelling, a device to show off Wittelsbach dynastic might and power relationships.

The Renaissance west facade to Residenzstraße shows the contemporary style of painted features and Wittelsbach heraldic lions. Today the shields guarded by the lions are touched for luck – the shields themselves carry lions’ heads with snouts worn to a shine – by Munich residents and visitors.

For their last century of rule the Wittelsbachs were kings of Bavaria and put the final touches to the Residenz’s assembly of architecture, interior decoration and works of art. Ludwig I’s Neoclassical Königsbau (1848) and royal apartments were designed and built by Leo von Klenze.

World War II bombing caused extensive damage to the palace and the lengthy rebuilding has been almost continuous since.

The Residenz is open daily. Today visitors enter what is termed the Residenzmuseum to view its rich chambers, and the treasury or Schatzkammer. The complex also houses the coin and medal cabinets of the Staatliche Münzsammlung.

The Residenzmuseum has no tours but free audio guides are available at entry. Separately or using combination cards the Schatzkammer, the Cuvilliés-Theater, Staatliche Münzsammlung München can be visited. The Königsbau, with its Italian-style façade to Max-Jospeh-Platz, is under restoration.

The Renaissance Hofgarten (1615) at the north facade of the Residenz was arcaded on two sides and a gate (1826) was added by Klenze. The arcades house murals (1840) with Classical references and quotes. The Brunnenpavilion (1615) was designed by Heinrich Schön for a statue of Diana.