There’s a white-out in New York… actually, the whole East Coast is blinded by a snowstorm of horror or “The Notebook-esque” movie proportion. My flight was canceled and I was re-booked on a flight leaving Thursday… in business class on Lufthansa! Wooooot. The snow day, though somewhat inconvenient, did provide me with a chance to organize my itinerary for the trip. Here’s a preview of what my next two weeks will look like:
Fri. Feb. 12: Arrive in Frankfurt at 5:30AM. Pick up rental car, down several coffees, and make the 543km trek to Salzburg, Austria, where the hills are alive with the sound of music
Sat. Feb 13- Sun. Feb. 14: Weltcup/Coupe de Monde 2010, Salzburg — competing with and watching some of the best fencers in the world
Sun. Feb. 14, post Final: drive to Munich
Mon. Feb 15 – Tues. Feb 16: Meet up with The Forman and hit the ” Weltstadt mit Herz” (the Cosmopolitan city with a heart)
- The “Art Area”: Neue Pinakothek, Alte Pinakothek, and Pinakothek der Moderne — the city’s major art museums covering everything from the 17th centuries to present day. In particular, I’m stoked for the Moderne — “It is one of the world’s largest museums devoted to the visual arts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Artists from Picasso to Warhol are exhibited, as are 400,000 drawings ranging from Leonardo da Vinci to Cézanne.”
- Schloss Nymphenburg – an Italian-inspired summer home for Bavarian monarchs… the building and lavish park bear a close resemblance to the French palace at Versailles… apparently, the stucco and interior embellishments are “the most memorable” in all of Bavaria
- Lenbachhaus — noted for its collection of Blaue Reiter works (who doesn’t love Kandinsky!?)
- Neuschwanstein — the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella Castle, outside of Munich but likely worth the short trek
Wed. Feb. 17- Thurs. Feb 18: Wurzburg, the Romantic Road, Tauberbischofsheim, and the German Olympic Fencing Training Center
Fri. Feb 19 – Sun. Feb 21: Leipzig, Germany, Coupe de Monde
the World Cup final will be fenced in the new wing of the Museum der Bildenden Künste — the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts — I mean, could it be anymore perfect for me?
Mon. Feb. 22 – Tues. Feb 23: Dresden, Germany
Wed. Feb 24: Back to Frankfurt, hop on LH400 and return to New York with a ton of photos and home-HD-movies
Stay tuned for highlights after the 24th.