Freising, just northeast of Munich (near the airport), is also on the Isar. North of Munich the Isartal is much less dramatic than it is to the south, although it still follows a leg of the Jakobsweg. At Marzling the route heads inland past recently plowed farmland and small villages. After Altenhausen the route heads […]
One of the reasons Thessaloniki was on my radar was its reported importance as a repository for Byzantine art – exceeding even Istanbul in importance. Although the frescoes in many churches were damaged by plastering over during their conversion to mosques, mosaics were uncovered and their condition was, if anything, improved by centuries of protection […]
One day was not enough time to take in all that Straubing had to offer, though we did manage to make it to the Papal Basilica of St. James as well as churches of three orders, Jesuit, Carmelite and Ursuline, in Straubing. We did not get to the oldest church, the Romanesque Basilica of St. […]
Mount Athos has strict rules and limits for entry but it also prohibits boats from approaching closer than 500 meters if women are on board! Still a fascinating journey.
Later this month we leave for Munich. After some time to acclimatize we will head to Greece for a trip through Epirus, Thessaly and Macedonia. Byzantine art and architecture, the classical and Jewish heritage of these regions are among the motivating purposes for this part of the trip. See you soon.