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Munich Schleissheim Palaces less crowded than Nymphenburg

The Old Schleissheim Palace, which was designed in the style of Andrea Palladio in the late renaissance, was completed in 1623; the history of Schleissheim Palace started with a renaissance country house in 1598

The Old Schleissheim Palace, which was designed in the style of Andrea Palladio in the late renaissance, was completed in 1623; the history of Schleissheim Palace started with a renaissance country house in 1598

The Great Gallery in the New Palace is an important example of German Baroque architecture; the number of paintings in the palace was overwhelming with just a few from names I recognized

The Great Gallery in the New Palace is an important example of German Baroque architecture; the number of paintings in the palace was overwhelming with just a few from names I recognized

Imperial bedroom of the Electoral Princess; the palace complex here is among the largest and most impressive of the Wittelsbach dynasty's residences in Bavaria

Imperial bedroom of the Electoral Princess; the palace complex here is among the largest and most impressive of the Wittelsbach dynasty's residences in Bavaria

In 1722 the Venetian painter Jacopo Amigoni created what was at the time the largest ceiling painting in the world in the Large Hall of the New Palace

In 1722 the Venetian painter Jacopo Amigoni created what was at the time the largest ceiling painting in the world in the Large Hall of the New Palace

The Palace Park is one of the few remaining Baroque gardens that has survived with very little change; the fundamental design was created in 1684

The Palace Park is one of the few remaining Baroque gardens that has survived with very little change; the fundamental design was created in 1684

The palace complex is reached from central Munich by taking the subway to the end of the line and then a bus to the village of Oberschleißheim

The palace complex is reached from central Munich by taking the subway to the end of the line and then a bus to the village of Oberschleißheim

This model shows the original plan for the Schleissheim Palace complex; after Max Emanuel lost Bavaria in the War of the Spanish Succession palace plans were scaled down

This model shows the original plan for the Schleissheim Palace complex; after Max Emanuel lost Bavaria in the War of the Spanish Succession palace plans were scaled down

Belgian tapestries from 1715 adorn this room in the apartment of Elector Max Emanuel; Max Emanuels's son Emperor Charles VII Albert preferred the more private atmosphere of Nymphenburg Palace, so only one of four planned wings was completed

Belgian tapestries from 1715 adorn this room in the apartment of Elector Max Emanuel; Max Emanuels's son Emperor Charles VII Albert preferred the more private atmosphere of Nymphenburg Palace, so only one of four planned wings was completed

In Paths of Glory (1957), directed by Stanley Kubrick, the New Palace served as the French Army division headquarters; the execution of World War I French soldiers was filmed in the grand garden and the court martial in the Great Hall

In Paths of Glory (1957), directed by Stanley Kubrick, the New Palace served as the French Army division headquarters; the execution of World War I French soldiers was filmed in the grand garden and the court martial in the Great Hall

The magnificent faience stove by Antonio Canavese was added in 1729 in the time of Elector Karl Albrecht; admission to all 3 palaces was 8 euros

The magnificent faience stove by Antonio Canavese was added in 1729 in the time of Elector Karl Albrecht; admission to all 3 palaces was 8 euros

The New Palace is more than 300 meters in length with the main building divided by 37 garden-sided window bays; the palace complex suffered significant damage in World War 2

The New Palace is more than 300 meters in length with the main building divided by 37 garden-sided window bays; the palace complex suffered significant damage in World War 2

The Victory Hall; Elector Max Emanuel had great ambitions and hoped to be made emperor so he had planned a massive complex, only some of which eventually was built

The Victory Hall; Elector Max Emanuel had great ambitions and hoped to be made emperor so he had planned a massive complex, only some of which eventually was built

The vestibule in the New Palace was completed in 1726; it was built by Elector Max Emanuel in the country about 10 miles north of Munich

The vestibule in the New Palace was completed in 1726; it was built by Elector Max Emanuel in the country about 10 miles north of Munich

Prayer Room; since it was more difficult to reach, this palace complex is much less crowded than the Nymphenburg Palace

Prayer Room; since it was more difficult to reach, this palace complex is much less crowded than the Nymphenburg Palace

The Schleissheim Palace comprises three individual palaces in a grand baroque park in the village of Oberschleißheim; the palace was a summer residence of the Bavarian rulers of the House of Wittelsbach

The Schleissheim Palace comprises three individual palaces in a grand baroque park in the village of Oberschleißheim; the palace was a summer residence of the Bavarian rulers of the House of Wittelsbach

The Schloßwirtschaft Oberschleißheim Biergarten is located on the palace grounds, with seating for 1,000; its roots trace back to 1597, when the founder of the Hofbräuhaus brewery retired to a farm there

The Schloßwirtschaft Oberschleißheim Biergarten is located on the palace grounds, with seating for 1,000; its roots trace back to 1597, when the founder of the Hofbräuhaus brewery retired to a farm there

Elector Max Emanuel had the hunting lodge of Lustheim built between 1684-1688 to celebrate his wedding to the emperor's daughter; it provides a focal point at the end of the extensive Baroque garden

Elector Max Emanuel had the hunting lodge of Lustheim built between 1684-1688 to celebrate his wedding to the emperor's daughter; it provides a focal point at the end of the extensive Baroque garden

Since 1968 the Lustheim Palace has housed a grand collection of Meissen porcelain, only bested by the Porzellansammlung in the Zwinger in Dresden

Since 1968 the Lustheim Palace has housed a grand collection of Meissen porcelain, only bested by the Porzellansammlung in the Zwinger in Dresden

This tiny keg-like piece (I'm not sure what its function was) was made in 1740; the Wittelsbachs sure liked porcelain with thousands of pieces in their collection

This tiny keg-like piece (I'm not sure what its function was) was made in 1740; the Wittelsbachs sure liked porcelain with thousands of pieces in their collection

The Grand Canal is part of the northern Munich channel system, a system of waterways that connected also to the complex of Nymphenburg Palace.

The Grand Canal is part of the northern Munich channel system, a system of waterways that connected also to the complex of Nymphenburg Palace.

The interior of the Lustheim Palace is dominated by this large banqueting hall; Max Emanuel had the palace built to celebrate his victory over the Turks at the Gates of Vienna

The interior of the Lustheim Palace is dominated by this large banqueting hall; Max Emanuel had the palace built to celebrate his victory over the Turks at the Gates of Vienna

These vases were made in 1740; unfortunately all of the descriptions in the porcelain museum were in German so I'm lacking details

These vases were made in 1740; unfortunately all of the descriptions in the porcelain museum were in German so I'm lacking details

The Old Palace now hosts 2 branches of the Bavarian National Museum - a folklore collection and an exhibition of the regional culture of East and West Prussia (yawn)

The Old Palace now hosts 2 branches of the Bavarian National Museum - a folklore collection and an exhibition of the regional culture of East and West Prussia (yawn)

Meissen porcelain started in 1710 and attracted artists and artisans to establish one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers near Dresden

Meissen porcelain started in 1710 and attracted artists and artisans to establish one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers near Dresden

1720 teapot; access to the grounds is free so there were joggers, dog walkers and people just out enjoying the beautiful grounds on a warm day

1720 teapot; access to the grounds is free so there were joggers, dog walkers and people just out enjoying the beautiful grounds on a warm day

On such a perfect day, I found a park bench where I laid down and finished The Other Woman by Daniel Silva; I love the European settings in all his suspense novels

On such a perfect day, I found a park bench where I laid down and finished The Other Woman by Daniel Silva; I love the European settings in all his suspense novels

1735 vases; the Munich subway system was modern and clean with a single journey costing 3 euros if you stayed in the central city

1735 vases; the Munich subway system was modern and clean with a single journey costing 3 euros if you stayed in the central city

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Unique Primosten is a jewel on Croatia's Dalmatian coast

Originally an islet, after the Turks retreated in 1564 Primosten (after the Croatian verb for to bridge) was connected to the mainland by a short causeway

Originally an islet, after the Turks retreated in 1564 Primosten (after the Croatian verb for to bridge) was connected to the mainland by a short causeway

St. George's Church was built in 1485 and occupies the highest point on the island; unfortunately you can't climb the bell tower to enjoy the terrific views

St. George's Church was built in 1485 and occupies the highest point on the island; unfortunately you can't climb the bell tower to enjoy the terrific views

When I first visited 15 years ago there was only the slow, 2 lane coastal road; now there is a toll highway a little further inland that makes traversing Croatia much faster (but less scenic)

When I first visited 15 years ago there was only the slow, 2 lane coastal road; now there is a toll highway a little further inland that makes traversing Croatia much faster (but less scenic)

Primosten is on the Adriatic coast about halfway between Split and Zadar in Central Dalmatia; the beach is not sandy, but pebbly and the pine trees provide much needed shade

Primosten is on the Adriatic coast about halfway between Split and Zadar in Central Dalmatia; the beach is not sandy, but pebbly and the pine trees provide much needed shade

Surprisingly for such a sleepy, little town, one of the best known clubs in Croatia – Aurora – is located in Primosten, regularly attracting top DJs for its big club nights

Surprisingly for such a sleepy, little town, one of the best known clubs in Croatia – Aurora – is located in Primosten, regularly attracting top DJs for its big club nights

The town is known for its traditional donkey race that takes place every summer; Primosten only has 2800 residents but many times that in the summer

The town is known for its traditional donkey race that takes place every summer; Primosten only has 2800 residents but many times that in the summer

There is only one hotel in Primosten but it also has a large campground and most of the locals rent out rooms to tourists; in the old days when I first visited locals would meet incoming buses with offers of rooms to rent

There is only one hotel in Primosten but it also has a large campground and most of the locals rent out rooms to tourists; in the old days when I first visited locals would meet incoming buses with offers of rooms to rent

Most older buildings don't have AC so they are closed tight during the heat of the day; the Europeans also seem less bothered by the heat than this spoiled American

Most older buildings don't have AC so they are closed tight during the heat of the day; the Europeans also seem less bothered by the heat than this spoiled American

The cemetery at St. George's Church offered the best views in town; most locals don't speak English but younger people and those working in tourism are more likely to speak enough to effectively communicate

The cemetery at St. George's Church offered the best views in town; most locals don't speak English but younger people and those working in tourism are more likely to speak enough to effectively communicate

Long before tourism, Primosten was known for its vineyards that grow Babic grapes that produce a high quality red wine; they are currently on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status

Long before tourism, Primosten was known for its vineyards that grow Babic grapes that produce a high quality red wine; they are currently on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status

Sort of a county fair, Primoštenske užance is held every year in mid-summer; it is a traditional folklore festival where people from Primošten exhibit their cultural expertise and the former way of living in the village

Sort of a county fair, Primoštenske užance is held every year in mid-summer; it is a traditional folklore festival where people from Primošten exhibit their cultural expertise and the former way of living in the village

Before Croatia's famous red-tiled roofs, the stone houses used to all have slate roofs; the country is still talking about its tremendous showing at the World Cup which is a source of national pride

Before Croatia's famous red-tiled roofs, the stone houses used to all have slate roofs; the country is still talking about its tremendous showing at the World Cup which is a source of national pride

Summer days are typically sunny and hot with most of their rain coming in the winter

Summer days are typically sunny and hot with most of their rain coming in the winter

There's a concrete walkway that you can take all the way around the island; some people were swimming here (a smart idea) rather than the super crowded beaches

There's a concrete walkway that you can take all the way around the island; some people were swimming here (a smart idea) rather than the super crowded beaches

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Tiny Esch sur Sure is postcard pretty Luxembourg

Esch is just one of seemingly endless tiny villages; every couple of kilometers is another town of under 1000 people and this pattern extends around the country

Esch is just one of seemingly endless tiny villages; every couple of kilometers is another town of under 1000 people and this pattern extends around the country

European countries do a great job in the summer adding flowers on bridges, lamp posts and other public spaces; you hardly see any litter in Luxembourg

European countries do a great job in the summer adding flowers on bridges, lamp posts and other public spaces; you hardly see any litter in Luxembourg

Esch-sur-Sure sits on a spur of land in a meander of the River Sauer; the dilapidated castle and bucolic setting draw tourists to this town of only 314 people

Esch-sur-Sure sits on a spur of land in a meander of the River Sauer; the dilapidated castle and bucolic setting draw tourists to this town of only 314 people

The southern guardhouse for the castle is about 800 years old; it is now separated from the rest of the castle so you have to climb the hill twice

The southern guardhouse for the castle is about 800 years old; it is now separated from the rest of the castle so you have to climb the hill twice

Esch has a Disney-like atmosphere with the castle ruins and the tiny village with restaurants and souvenir stores; I can see why castles were so popular because these little rivers have lots of hairpin turns

Esch has a Disney-like atmosphere with the castle ruins and the tiny village with restaurants and souvenir stores; I can see why castles were so popular because these little rivers have lots of hairpin turns

After the capture of the fortress of Luxembourg in 1684, the troops of Louis XIV began dismantling the country's strongholds; in Esch-sur-Sûre, the rampart was not destroyed because private houses were backing onto the walls

After the capture of the fortress of Luxembourg in 1684, the troops of Louis XIV began dismantling the country's strongholds; in Esch-sur-Sûre, the rampart was not destroyed because private houses were backing onto the walls

The first buildings of the castle were constructed in the Romanesque period, with more development taking place in the Gothic period; the chapel was restored in 1906

The first buildings of the castle were constructed in the Romanesque period, with more development taking place in the Gothic period; the chapel was restored in 1906

If you take this 80 meter tunnel you completely bypass Esch sur Sure; the tiny village is on a little peninsula surrounded by the shallow Sure River

If you take this 80 meter tunnel you completely bypass Esch sur Sure; the tiny village is on a little peninsula surrounded by the shallow Sure River

I tried to use the panoramic setting on my camera so you could see both sides of the Sure River as it wraps around the town and castle

I tried to use the panoramic setting on my camera so you could see both sides of the Sure River as it wraps around the town and castle

The castle declined from the mid-16th century to the mid-19th century when the castle ownership passed into the hands of the citizens who lived there

The castle declined from the mid-16th century to the mid-19th century when the castle ownership passed into the hands of the citizens who lived there

In many villages, like Esch, it's easy to get the impression that they are abandoned; there are few basic services yet some people have managed to live here

In many villages, like Esch, it's easy to get the impression that they are abandoned; there are few basic services yet some people have managed to live here

The Virgin Mary watches over Esch sur Sure and the surrounding countryside; you see lots of Audis and BMWs while the less affluent drive Peugeots, Citroens and VWs

The Virgin Mary watches over Esch sur Sure and the surrounding countryside; you see lots of Audis and BMWs while the less affluent drive Peugeots, Citroens and VWs

Luxembourg has two Esch's so they are distinguished by which river they are on; it gets even more confusing because of the many languages used, ie Sauer River is the same thing as the Sure River

Luxembourg has two Esch's so they are distinguished by which river they are on; it gets even more confusing because of the many languages used, ie Sauer River is the same thing as the Sure River

The first written evidence of Esch was during the third year of Charlemagne's reign in 773; in 993, Meginaud acquired the site of Esch from an abbey

The first written evidence of Esch was during the third year of Charlemagne's reign in 773; in 993, Meginaud acquired the site of Esch from an abbey

I spent 4 days driving around to all of the interesting small towns in Luxembourg and didn't even use half a tank of gas

I spent 4 days driving around to all of the interesting small towns in Luxembourg and didn't even use half a tank of gas

It's easier to see the different sections of the castle here; in the 15th century, the entire village was surrounded by a 450 meter wall that was 1.5 meters thick and included the watchtower in the foreground

It's easier to see the different sections of the castle here; in the 15th century, the entire village was surrounded by a 450 meter wall that was 1.5 meters thick and included the watchtower in the foreground

These sure sound like Funyuns to me!; the grocery stores have huge aisles of snacks, candy, chocolate and tuna but a puny selection of cereal

These sure sound like Funyuns to me!; the grocery stores have huge aisles of snacks, candy, chocolate and tuna but a puny selection of cereal

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Masterpieces & favorites from Neue Pinakothek, Munich

Van Gogh, Sunflowers, 1888

Van Gogh, Sunflowers, 1888

Monet, Water Lilies, 1915

Monet, Water Lilies, 1915

Degas, Woman Ironing, 1869

Degas, Woman Ironing, 1869

Picasso, Head of a Jester, 1905

Picasso, Head of a Jester, 1905

Cezanne, The Railway Cutting, 1870

Cezanne, The Railway Cutting, 1870

Klimt, Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, 1905

Klimt, Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, 1905

Gauguin, The Birth - Te tamari no atua, 1896

Gauguin, The Birth - Te tamari no atua, 1896

Feuerbach, Peonies, 1871

Feuerbach, Peonies, 1871

Ainmiller, The Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Tomb of Edward the Confessor, 1851

Ainmiller, The Choir of Westminster Abbey and the Tomb of Edward the Confessor, 1851

Vernet, Return from the Hunt, 1828

Vernet, Return from the Hunt, 1828

Von Munkacsy, Visiting a Mother in Childbed, 1879

Von Munkacsy, Visiting a Mother in Childbed, 1879

Stieler, King Ludwig I in Coronation Robes, 1826

Stieler, King Ludwig I in Coronation Robes, 1826

Ibbetson, George Biggins' Ascent in Lunardi's Balloon, 1788

Ibbetson, George Biggins' Ascent in Lunardi's Balloon, 1788

Goya, Plucked Turkey, 1812

Goya, Plucked Turkey, 1812

Wittmer, At the Sweet Waters of Asia in Constantinople, 1837

Wittmer, At the Sweet Waters of Asia in Constantinople, 1837

Kersting, Young Woman Sewing by the Light of a Lamp, 1823

Kersting, Young Woman Sewing by the Light of a Lamp, 1823

Von Schwind, A Symphony, 1852

Von Schwind, A Symphony, 1852

Manet, Monet Painting on His Studio Boat, 1874

Manet, Monet Painting on His Studio Boat, 1874

Van Gogh, View of Arles, 1889

Van Gogh, View of Arles, 1889

Quaglio, The Royal Residence in Munich from the North-East in 1827, 1827

Quaglio, The Royal Residence in Munich from the North-East in 1827, 1827

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Cool canals and tallest Dutch church tower - Utrecht

Utrecht was the largest city in the Netherlands from 1100 to 1550, and still has the country's largest surviving medieval old town

Utrecht was the largest city in the Netherlands from 1100 to 1550, and still has the country's largest surviving medieval old town

Utrecht's canals are unique in their design with pedestrians and cyclists on an upper walkway; ships could offload goods directly to the lower wharves where goods could be placed directly into cellars

Utrecht's canals are unique in their design with pedestrians and cyclists on an upper walkway; ships could offload goods directly to the lower wharves where goods could be placed directly into cellars

The Utrecht Dom Tower is the tallest in the Netherlands; climbing the narrow stairs to the top can only be done with a guided tour best booked in advance online

The Utrecht Dom Tower is the tallest in the Netherlands; climbing the narrow stairs to the top can only be done with a guided tour best booked in advance online

A modern skyline is developing around the train station; the white building is locally famous since it's in the shape of a U for Utrecht

A modern skyline is developing around the train station; the white building is locally famous since it's in the shape of a U for Utrecht

St. Martin's Cathedral is the country's only pre-Reformation cathedral, but has been a Protestant church since 1580; Utrecht has always been considered the religious center of the Netherlands

St. Martin's Cathedral is the country's only pre-Reformation cathedral, but has been a Protestant church since 1580; Utrecht has always been considered the religious center of the Netherlands

This hare has been dubbed The Thinker; situated in the middle of the country, Utrecht is the nation's transportation hub having the biggest and busiest train station as well as the headquarters of Dutch Railway

This hare has been dubbed The Thinker; situated in the middle of the country, Utrecht is the nation's transportation hub having the biggest and busiest train station as well as the headquarters of Dutch Railway

The first bicycle path in Utrecht was built in 1885; today there are more than 245 kilometers of dedicated bike lanes (most cyclists do not wear helmets)

The first bicycle path in Utrecht was built in 1885; today there are more than 245 kilometers of dedicated bike lanes (most cyclists do not wear helmets)

Dutch real estate is very expensive, especially in city centers, but maybe I could squeeze into this narrow townhouse; despite lots of new construction, home prices here have climbed quickly since the bottom of the financial crisis

Dutch real estate is very expensive, especially in city centers, but maybe I could squeeze into this narrow townhouse; despite lots of new construction, home prices here have climbed quickly since the bottom of the financial crisis

When the cathedral was completed in the early 1600s it was the largest church in the Netherlands; you can also go underneath the church to see remains of prior structures

When the cathedral was completed in the early 1600s it was the largest church in the Netherlands; you can also go underneath the church to see remains of prior structures

In 2004, 750 years after construction of St. Martin's Cathedral began, the collapsed parts were temporarily rebuilt in scaffolding material; the scaffolding was also blown down in a storm, like the original nave

In 2004, 750 years after construction of St. Martin's Cathedral began, the collapsed parts were temporarily rebuilt in scaffolding material; the scaffolding was also blown down in a storm, like the original nave

The cathedral used to extend all the way to the tower but in 1674 a tornado came through and destroyed part of the cathedral which was never rebuilt

The cathedral used to extend all the way to the tower but in 1674 a tornado came through and destroyed part of the cathedral which was never rebuilt

With 330,000 residents, Utrecht is the 4th largest city in the Netherlands; it is also home to the largest university in the country

With 330,000 residents, Utrecht is the 4th largest city in the Netherlands; it is also home to the largest university in the country

The only Dutch pope had this house built in 1517; Pope John Paul II paid a visit to the house when he came to Utrecht in 1985

The only Dutch pope had this house built in 1517; Pope John Paul II paid a visit to the house when he came to Utrecht in 1985

Originally the cathedral's chapterhouse, after the Reformation this gorgeous building became the main building for Utrecht University

Originally the cathedral's chapterhouse, after the Reformation this gorgeous building became the main building for Utrecht University

From the top of the cathedral tower we could barely see Amsterdam and Rotterdam; the Netherlands is supposed to be densely populated but the vast majority of buildings don't exceed 4 stories

From the top of the cathedral tower we could barely see Amsterdam and Rotterdam; the Netherlands is supposed to be densely populated but the vast majority of buildings don't exceed 4 stories

The average Dutch person has 2 bikes, one clunker for around town and then a racing bike for the countryside; I wondered how many of the bikes I saw had just been abandoned

The average Dutch person has 2 bikes, one clunker for around town and then a racing bike for the countryside; I wondered how many of the bikes I saw had just been abandoned

You see more innovative new buildings in the Netherlands than you do in the US; architecture seems less daring in the US and more practical, whereas the Dutch are creating landmark buildings

You see more innovative new buildings in the Netherlands than you do in the US; architecture seems less daring in the US and more practical, whereas the Dutch are creating landmark buildings

This huge bell dates from 1505 and is used every Friday by a carrillion player who has an afternoon performance; the rest of the time, the bells are automatically rung on the quarter hour

This huge bell dates from 1505 and is used every Friday by a carrillion player who has an afternoon performance; the rest of the time, the bells are automatically rung on the quarter hour

This is a typical, ritzy canal house from 1300 when Utrecht was practically minting money; these city castles were designed to show off the owners wealth

This is a typical, ritzy canal house from 1300 when Utrecht was practically minting money; these city castles were designed to show off the owners wealth

Equestrian statue of Saint Willibrord who was one of the first missionaries to live in the Low Countries and the first bishop of the diocese of Utrecht .

Equestrian statue of Saint Willibrord who was one of the first missionaries to live in the Low Countries and the first bishop of the diocese of Utrecht .

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