A Brief Afternoon in Munich
"May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
Our short visit to Munich meant we would not be able to see a lot of the city. We were operating on almost no sleep and both of us were still recovering from head colds, so we decided to keep our exploration that day down to two or three hours. We had to make a decision as to whether we would see attractions and landmarks or just go where our feet led us. We checked the map to see what was nearby and, of all the choices, the Isar River sounded perfect. As a photographer and traveler, I often want to see historical places; however, I also want to see the paths untrodden by most people and particularly locations where the residents love to go. As for today, a peaceful walk to a river sounded like an ideal afternoon.
We ended up being out longer than planned because we met a couple of residents in the park along the river. We talked with them for a long time about art, politics, helping those in need, and many other things. When it started to get cold and dusk was upon us, we began our walk back to the hotel. We saw none of the tourist attractions but felt we made the perfect choice for a beautiful, memorable afternoon in Munich.
The Isar is a river in Tyrol, Austria and Bavaria, Germany. Its source is in the Karwendel range of the Alps in Tyrol; it enters Germany near Mittenwald and flows through Bad Tölz, Munich, and Landshut before reaching the Danube near Deggendorf.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), quoted above, was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He was widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets, writing in both verse and lyrical prose. While most known for his contributions to German literature, he also wrote over 400 poems in French, dedicated to the canton of Valais in Switzerland where he settled in his later years.