War: I’m not crazy about dwelling in the history of war, memorials and artifacts about it; but what are you going to do, when from the beginning of recorded history, humans have been warring?
Marilyn and I weaved in and around the German Historical Museum, each of us caring a devise that interpreted, in English, painting, artifacts, philosophies, and changing times beginning in 100 BC and that continued until up to 1994. It was just before the exhibition of the war of WWII, when we decided to take leave of the museum and go to dinner.
Dinner, by the way was at Einstein’ restaurant. Marilyn questioned if the restaurant chose that name for the genius, or did they just think their food is ‘genius’?
But back to the museum:
The early cultures beginning around 100 BC and up to the Middle Ages, Europe was reaching consolidation, with the emperor Charlemagne in the year 800. Onward, now, to the Thirty Years’ War.
It was during this time, we learned, through the paintings about the teachings of Luther, that the religious brought peace with the reformation, but differences and political conflicts, later, led to the war from 1618 until 1648.
Moving quickly from there, not to bore you with details, but there was the French Revolution and then the German Empire and then WWI.
One item I found most interesting was the portrait of a tall warrior, at six foot ten, he traveled Europe to find other soldiers just as tall as he to form a group of similar stature,
Imagine recruitment today based on the requirement that soldiers must be as tall as their leader.
Speaking of the differences between now and then, I took a photo of a pair of shoes worn by another warrior, complete with pointy toes and bows.
The portrait of Napoleon really told of his conceit, when he liked his portrait so much that he had copies made and gifted them to special people.
The museum was beautifully arranged and the notes were easy to read. Both Marilyn and I wondered about the empty spaces where pictures were previously hanging, but taken down for some reason.
Today we noticed that there wasn’t a snowflake anywhere to be seen. The sidewalks and streets were dry, with a once in awhile, short shower. Aside from that, the air was brisk, but the sun shown through the clouds. Businesses were closed, making us wonder if Dec. 26 wasn’t part of the Christmas business holiday. However, restaurants and the Christmas markets were open and there were many people walking around.
Last evening, which was Christmas Day, we went to the opera, “La Boheme”. The story was sung in Italian with German translation on a screen. Both of us knew the story so we could follow it, even in different languages, and then we could pay closer attention to the beautiful music.
So the Christmas holiday is over and we’re looking forward to New Years Eve at the Brandenburg Gate. Marilyn is still doing a great job as navigator getting us on trams, trains and buses.