...and another ride in the English Garden
October was again a month with an unexpected number of bicycle friendly days. It's getting colder for sure, the challenge is now to find the right time of day and the right kind of clothes that make for an enjoyable ride. Or else go for a walk.
Mixing business with pleasure, we first cycled to Janos's doctor to pick up some prescriptions, then went for lunch and a ride in the English Garden. Nothing exciting, but it doesn't have to be exciting to make me happy, just a slow bicycle wander with frequent stops to take pictures.
Today all pictures were taken with the Sol 45 Lensbaby lens, mounted on a Sony Nex 6.
It seems Janos and I are now less often on the bicycle saddle and more often in our walking shoes. I still contend that cycling somewhere is easier than footing it, but when the air is nippy, walking has some convincing advantages. Since walking is more effort, it heats you up more. Cycling might be easier and faster, but the wind drives the cold air up your sleeves and down your collar. Not to mention the chill factor for your fingers, toes and nose. Good reasons not to take our bikes to Münchner Freiheit this morning. And of course, walking is good for you.
We hoofed it through the same streets we have passed through so often, took some pictures and were hungry for breakfast when we reached our chosen cafe. More awake after our morning dose of caffein, we took a walk through the English Garden, again cameras in hand, and then caught a bus home.
Pathos Near Home
Janos and I walked to the grounds of the Pathos Theater, nor far but well hidden.
The Pathos Theater is an interdisciplinary venue with a theatrical focus. The content of the work is the confrontation with the present and its corresponding implementation, which seeks formal aesthetic ways, independent of organizational terms such as event, concert, party, discussion, performing or visual arts. Pathos offers a production site for free, open and responsible work and sees itself as a cooperation theater with its own profile.
The grounds are hidden behind bushes, trees and a few inconspicuous buildings facing the street. But if you follow the path at the end of Hess Strasse, you find yourself in a deserted section of Munich. Old buildings suggest former small industry as do rusty railroad tracks. It seems some of the buidlings are inhabited, there are names on a few doorbells and here and there light in the windows. However, the premises are used primarily for theater and concerts, a place where non-mainstream musicians, artists and actors can perform. Today the grounds are deserted except for a few people out walking their dogs and some cyclists taking a short cut on their way home from work.
It's also a place where aspiring graffiti artists find free surfaces for their work. Our walk was in the late afternoon, the light was fading fast. Was it the low light that made the graffiti look more sinister and portentous than on a sunny day?
Dreary and grey Saturday and Sunday, rain, rain, rain. The shortest walk was the best walk. Yet even on the block between home and the Old North Cemetery there were some eye catching bits of foliage decorated with rain droplets, and in the cemetery the rain added drama to the graves' statues and monuments. The dreariness was appropriate for the end of October and All Souls' Day. So aside from having to protect my camera from getting wet, I enjoyed the moody weather.
A ride along the Isar