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[Photo Journal] Nymphenburg Park Palaces: Amalienburg (Part One of Four)


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Amalienburg in Nymphenburg

The Nymphenburg Palace in Munich is so vast that it has within the palace grounds, four smaller park palaces, namely the Amalienburg, Badenburg, Pagodenburg, and the Magdalenenklause. There is also the Marstallmuseum and the Nymphenburg Palace itself. Since I missed visiting this place in 2015 and 2016, I made sure that I paid not just one but several visits to Nymphenburg this year. Hence, this is Part One of several. 🙂

According to the official website of the Bavarian palaces, it was Karl Albrecht who ordered this palace to be built for his wife, Maria Amalia, daughter of Emperor Joseph I in 1734, to serve as her “hunting lodge.”

This round Hall of Mirrors is believed to be one of the highlights of this place.

Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.
― John Donne

“He didn’t marry you to become king. He became king because he wanted to marry you.” 
― Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia

Little by little, the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him.
― Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

All kings is mostly rapscallions, as far as I can make out.
― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

A King will have his way in his own hall, be it folly or wisdom.
― J.R.R. Tolkien

The king is a saint and cannot rule, and his son is a devil and should not.
― Philippa Gregory, The Red Queen

“Emperor, king, general, duke,” he whispered to himself. “These are just labels. Climb up the family tree of any of them high enough and you’ll find a commoner who dared to take a chance.” 
― Ken Liu, The Grace of Kings

Royalty was like dandelions. No matter how many heads you chopped off, the roots were still there underground, waiting to spring up again.

It seemed to be a chronic disease. It was as if even the most intelligent person had this little blank spot in their heads where someone had written: “Kings. What a good idea.” Whoever had created humanity had left in a major design flaw. It was its tendency to bend at the knees.
― Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

“I am a queen” she observes. “It is natural that men are going to gather round me, hoping for a smile.” 
― Philippa Gregory, The Lady of the Rivers

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Photo Journal] Nymphenburg Park Palaces: Amalienburg (Part One of Four)

  1. Pingback: [Photo Journal] The Beauty of Schlosspark Nymphenburg in Munich – Gathering Books

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