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[Photo Journal] Nymphenburg Park Palaces: Badenburg (Part Two 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.

Badenburg in Nymphenburg

Going around the park palaces around Nymphenburg is no small feat, because the grounds are vast. Hence, it takes awhile to get from one palace to the next, as they are not exactly close to each other. Allocate around three to four hours to leisurely go around the park palaces with some extra time to enjoy the royal garden as well.

This is known as the “House of Baths” where royalty was supposed to go if they wish to have their ‘royal bath’ (apparently, there is such a thing).

According to the official Bavarian Palace website:

As a bathing pavilion, the Badenburg belongs to a long tradition dating back to the opulent baths of the Roman emperors while also including elements of the Islamic bathing culture. Although conceptually indebted to Baroque baths, Effner’s bathing pavilion represents a new creation which was both admired and imitated (Bonn, Kassel, Schwetzingen).

… A travel account of 1792, for example, warns that no visit to Nymphenburg should omit either of two things: One is the Amalienburg…, the other, in a different corner of the park and built by Elector Maximilian Emanuel, are the finest baths imaginable, splendidly equipped with all conveniences. I do not recall seeing anything more delicate or better thought-out anywhere. The pool is so large that one can comfortably swim in it, and if there are people who just want to watch, there is a place (the gallery) where they can position themselves and look on.

“No more kings. Vimes had difficulty in articulating why this should be so, why the concept resonated in his very bones. After all, a good many of the patricians had been as bad as any king. But they were…sort of…bad on equal terms. What set Vimes’s teeth on edge was the idea that kings were a different kind of human being. A higher lifeform. Somehow magical.” 
― Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

“Yea, he who is a true king of men, will not say to himself, ‘Lo! I am worthy to be crowned with laurels;’ but rather will he say to himself, ‘What more is there that I may do to make the world the better because of my endeavors?” 
― Howard Pyle, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

“Wolsey always said that the making of a treaty is the treaty. It doesn’t matter what the terms are, just that there are terms. It’s the goodwill that matters. When that runs out, the treaty is broken, whatever the terms say. It is the processions that matter, the exchange of gifts, the royal games of bowls, the tilts, jousts and masques; these are not preliminaries to the process, they are the process itself.” 
― Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

“His Majesty, may he live forever and prosper greatly…
His Majesty, may sun finches warble sweet melodies in his ear…
His Majesty, may orchids bloom in the wake of his passing…
His Majesty, may minstrels compose epics at the sound of his glorious name…
His Majesty, may his magnificent sword shatter the breasts of his enemies…” 
― Rae Carson, The Girl of Fire and Thorns

“We have to be more royal than royalty itself or nobody will believe us.” 
― Philippa Gregory, The White Queen

“Why, if one were Queen, would one ever want to marry? If one is ruler, is it not better to both King and Queen? That is exactly what a woman can do if she remains without a mate.” 
― Kathryn Lasky

“Kings are the slaves of history.” 
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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).

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