To Schengen and Walhalla


The Walhalla Memorial, I found out, is a hall of fame overlooking the River Danube. It houses statues, or more specifically busts, of significant figures from German history. I had travelled from Antwerp to Schengen in Luxembourg. I thought I might see, among other things, The Princesse Marie - Astrid which is the boat that the Schengen Agreement was signed on. The boat is no longer there though, which I hadn’t thought to research. It’s in Germany now, in Regensburg, and sails as the MS Regensburg on the River Danube. It takes people on day trips to the Walhalla Memorial which is a short journey from the town. As I left Schengen that day I saw a car parked by the side of the road that had a picture painted on it. The picture which didn’t occur to me until later shows a scene from Norse mythology in which a Viking ship sails past the other Walhalla, the great hall of Odin, where warriors who have died in battle gather in heavenly revellry.

The car, like I said, had Russian license plates.


Valhalla. Max Bruckner. 1896