The Römermauer, After Renovations

Back in January of 2012, I noticed the Römermauer for the first time.  The Römermauer is a section of Roman wall from the original Castra Regina (“fortress by the river Regen”) which was built around 179 AD, during the reign of Marcus Aurelius.  It’s right behind the McDonald’s on Maximilianstraße, whickh is kind of nifty.

Here’s what it looked like back in 2012:

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Over the last few months, the fortress wall has been fenced off for some minor renovations, and now I know why.  The city put a walkway up around the side and back, enhanced the walkways around the wall, and generally made it a bit more tourist-friendly.

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Historical “Foot”-note.

One of my favorite things about living in this city is all the strange little bits of history that surround me.  I’ve written before about how Johannes Kepler lived here, and about how there’s a section of Roman fortress wall next to the McDonalds. The last Pope taught theology at the University here.

Napoleon Bonaparte also spent some time here after the Battle Of Regensburg which was fought between the Austrians and the invading French in 1809.  Napoleon was wounded during the battle, shot in his left ankle.  According to local legend, he recovered for a short while here before moving on to Vienna.

This sign is on the corner of my street, mounted on the front of the building.  I pass it every day, as I leave my apartment.  It says, “Hier ift Napoleon I  am 23 April 1809 bei der Beschießung der Stadt verwundet worden.”

Translated it means, “Here Napoleon Bonaparte was wounded in the bombardment of the city on April 23, 1809.”

Yup, I live on the street where Napoleon was shot in the foot.  History is amazing!

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Does your city have any interesting historical significance?

Before and After

When I first arrived in Regensburg, the ticket machines for the bus system were all confusing push-buttony evil, like so:

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One day about two months ago, a magical thing started to happen.   The old machines started to evolve.  I walked past one on Albertstraße and it had a brand new touchscreen and a whole lot of new technology stuck on the front.  The new machines always exist in sunlight.

This is progress!

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Have you noticed any tiny little improvements around your town that make you happy?

Stadtamhof Weinfest 2013

The weekend before last, there was a Weinfest in Stadtamhof, which is a part of Regensburg right on the other side of the Donau river.  Cliff and Sarah of Das Regensblog invited me to join them, and I accepted even though I’m not much of a wine drinker.

Weinfest is a street festival in Germany, so it looked pretty much like any other street festival in Germany-  lots of people and food stands.  This one also had wine stands, though.

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We were only there about two hours before the weather got fairly ominous.  I liked the look of these clouds, though.

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Despite not being much of a wine drinker, I quite enjoyed this glass of wine.  It was called a Kerner.  Or a Kepler.  Or a Kabler  I kan’t remember, exactly.

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Cliff had this very nice looking red wine.

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The food at Weinfest was delicious.  Sarah got the Flammkuchen that I almost tried, with potato and cheese.  Flammkuchen is kind of like a tiny potato-laden flatbread pizza.

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Do you prefer red wine or white wine?

August Break: A Regensburg Weekend Afternoon

I’m on an August Break from my regular blogging schedule. Here’s today’s pictures.

On a weekend, I like to go out to lunch with my friend Jenny.  One of my absolute favorite places in the city is Lola.

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I usually get the Warm Noodle Salad.  I tell myself I’ll try something new on the menu, but this is just so damn tasty.

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After lunch, while walking back from the Altstadt to my apartment, sometimes I go on the other side of the little green area near the Bahnhof.  This is where the Kepler monument is.  The last time I posted pictures of it, the entire thing was covered in snow.

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There’s also this little drink stand in the park-  it’s only open in warmer weather, and it’s just the cutest thing.

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Are there any fun little green spaces near where you live?