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  • Day72

    Day 72. Crailsheim to Venice

    October 15, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Our last breakfast in Germany. Farewell to Mucki and Wolfgang (Ash, Jas, Kim’s German Mama and Papa).
    On the train at 9:26am for Nürnberg Hbf then another train to München Hbf then a local train to München Flughafen.
    A misty morning travelling to München.
    The day warmed up. We caught the 3pm Air Dolomiti flight to Venice arriving at 4pm. We stored our suitcase and two large backpacks at the airport at ‘Left Luggage’ for 14€. We took the Vaporetti Alilaguna (public transport water buses) 24hr ticket for 15€ each to F. Te Nove station passing Murano and San Michele Islands.
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  • Day47


    August 3, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Overnight in Munich- walked down to the glockenspiel- unfortunately we weren't there in time to see it in action, then on to the Hofbräuhaus for a 'little' drink and some hearty German food! It's been a 'few' year since I experienced the Hofbräuhaus in my youth!Read more

  • Day57

    Overnight in Munich

    August 15, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    So... we have been planning for 2 months now, to do our first shopping in Munich (beautiful shoes, boots, hiking gear) and we made careful plans to arrive at the correct time (not Sunday or mid afternoon) so that we would have time to shop. However when we arrived, we discovered that today was a special public holiday just for Munich and EVERYTHING was closed ..... so we had to resort to the usual activities of eating and drinking ((Rudi was very happy)!Read more

  • Day12

    Englishcher Garten Sud

    September 15, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    On arrival back in Munich, we headed to the English Garden, a huge green space in the centre of Munich, where the locals come to swim, surf, sun bake - including nude sun baking in a particular quadrant - exercise, read, enjoy a picnic, etc. etc. Of course there are also several beer gardens and cafes to eat and drink beer. It’s a pity I dislike beer, as wine is not always an option, so I have been drinking water, which is not a bad thing.

    The Englischer Garten is one of the largest urban parks in the world. The layout has undergone many changes over the centuries as new buildings and green spaces were added. In 1789, Elector Carl Theodor ordered that a public park be established along the Isar River. He assigned an Englishman, Benjamin Thompson, who worked at the time for the Bavarian Army. The park got it’s name because it was laid out in the style of an English country park.The network of paths equate to 78 kms, and there are soccer fields as well as a Japanese teahouse.

    As most people in Munich live in apartments, this type of green space is crucial to their well being. One suggestion from me would be to ban smoking, as that does spoil the experience slightly, and maybe create separate bike paths.
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  • Day13

    Out and about in the old city of Munchen

    September 16, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we had a bit of a sleep in before heading off for Marienplatz to see the Glockenspiel come to life at 11am. It is a very impressive display of mechanical prowess, and was added to the new town hall in 1907. It has two levels of action that come to life one after the other, the top section that recounts a royal wedding and a jousting tournament, and a bottom section that shows a dance that the local coopers did to celebrate the end of the plague. in the jousting tournament, the Bavarian knight knocks the French knight off his horse on the second pass.

    After watching the performance we wandered around the old city looking for the open area Victualienmarkt, which was very interesting with a great range of fresh produce on display. We bought some apples, peche plate (peaches), tomatoes and a baguette. We plan to eat in tonight.

    I also bought a couple of Christmas decorations that are very Bavarian from a shop close to the market. I forgot to look for ornaments in London, but might look for some on our way back. We stopped for a coffee and an Apfelschnecke for morning tea, and then went in search of Maximilian Straße, which is a street full of designer stores, which are outside of our budget but nonetheless it was nice to window shop.

    As we walked back towards our place we wanted to have a close look at Frauenkirche - the tallest church in Munich - it’s twin towers stand at 99 metres. On the way, we wandered through the Munchen Rathaus (Town Hall), and we stopped in a lovely quiet square inside the building for a late lunch at Ratskeller München, where I tried Bratwurst with onions and potatoes, and Ian tried the Schnapsbratwurst, which was small spicy sausages served in between two potato pancakes, mashed potatoes and cabbage, and of course he coupled it with a local beer.

    After lunch, we made it to Frauenkirche, but you can’t climb the tower at the moment as repair work is underway. We stopped to get some delicious deli items to have for dinner this evening, as I am a bit tired and it is nice to eat in once in a while.

    We still managed to clock up about 8kms of walking today, which isn't too shabby. Museums are all closed on a Monday in Munich, so we didn’t get the opportunity to visit any of them.

    Tonight we will start packing in preparation for heading off for Brussels tomorrow.
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  • Day8

    Activist Juice

    August 31, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    A slower day today. I am writing this in a beer garden in the English gardens. More about that later.
    I started the day with a hop on hop off bus.
    Last night I walked from the train station to the hotel but with sore feet from all the walking I did in London I wanted to save the walking for touristy things, not getting there.
    The tramline right outside the hotel is being dug up (although I found out later there is a replacement bus) but there is a train station a few minutes from the hotel that takes me into the main station. It took me about 5 minutes but I eventually managed to buy myself a 3 day ticket.

    The sightseeing bus was just okay. The sights are wonderful but the commentary was about 30 seconds behind the bus so somethings were missed. I do have a good idea of the city, there aren't the crowds like I saw on London, given the population is 1.8 million no wonder it feels similar to Perth crowd wise.

    After the tour I made my way to the Viktualienmarkt which is an open air market that sells a lot of bratwurst. It sells much more that that but wurst shops must have made up 1/4 of the shops.
    I received my first "God's greeting" at the market.

    From now until I get to Dijon my posts will most likely contain references to The Chalet School series I read as a child and continue to read as an adult. If you aren't one of the small group who recognise these then ... I don't know, just pretend you do?

    I had bratwurst and krautsalada (badically a cheese kransky and cabbage salad) for lunch at the market.

    The two apps I use most are google maps and now itranslate. Itranslate was very helpful today at the market. I was trying to translate the ingredients in a fresh juice, orange was easy, erdbeere is strawberry but I misspelt ananas and it came out activist! It was actually pineapple.

    I bought several cheeses, ham, liverwurst, olives, tirol schuettelbrot (a really hard flat rye bread but nice), dip, brambleberries, figs, yoghurt and probably other stuff I haven't mentioned.

    There was only one place where the server didn't speak english, she was the one who gave me the first "gruss gott" and I managed to make myself understood and bought some alm butter.

    It was a really nice day until about 3pm or so when it started to get hot. I finished up and came back to the hotel.
    This evening I packed up my purchases and went to the English gardens for a picnic. Rather than gardens it is more of an english park in which you would expect to find deer.
    When the bus entered the park I saw how dense it was in parts so decided to get off one stop earlier where the beer garden was and there were lots of people.
    To give you an idea of the size it has more than 70km of paths.

    As the sun went down I made my way to the beer garden and decided to have a drink. I bought a pretzel as well which I'll have for breakfast.
    The beer garden is the place to go if you want meat and lots of it. People had plates with half a chicken or a massive shank, some just that while others had sides as well.

    Nymphenburg Castle
    Just to prove that it is me - relaxing on the english gardens.
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  • Day2


    August 4, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Hüt simr gah d' Stadt Münchä aaluegä. Nacherä Besichtigung vom Rathus-Turm us, simr när unger im Rathus-Chäuer gah Käsespätzle ässä.
    Am spätä Nami simr los ufne witere Camping wo ca. uf hauber Strecki zwüsche Münchä u Prag ligt. Wägem Stou u dr Zit heimr üs ner umentschide u si schlussendlech z' Landshut ufeme Camping glandet. Hüt hets sogar ä Platz fre Alj gha u so heimr z' erstä Mau im Alj pfuuset.
    Morn geits witr gen Prag.
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