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  • Day46

    Day 46 - Septemberfest in Munich

    September 18, 2020 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    After a decent night’s sleep, Jackie got ready whilst I caught up with my blog. It was just after 10am, when we actually got out on the streets of Munich.

    As I previously mentioned our hotel is situated in salubrious surroundings. It was referred to on as the red light district of Munich, but to us you can’t ignore the fact that young North African and Middle Eastern males are hanging around in groups outside every single shop, which are mainly barbershops & fast food joints. It would be intimidating for lone females, particularly when you add limbless beggars into the equation.

    We stopped at a Coffee Fellows for a skinny latte & a bagel each. This was a mistake, because we were now full & bloated. We then commenced my walking tour of the Old Town of Munich. We entered the Old Town at Karlsplatz, walked down Neuhauser Street & popped into St Michael’s Church. We continued to Frauenkirche, the Church of our Lady, then located Marienplatz, the main square of Munich Old Town, with it’s gothic Town Hall, which was pretty impressive.

    We then popped into Munich’s oldest church, Alter Peter, then headed to Viktualienmarkt, a food market since 1807, selling a mouthwatering array of fine foods. It was too early to eat anything else, so we headed north to the Residence, an inner-city palace residence of Bavarian kings & rulers, now an art museum. On the roundabout in front of it was a beach, complete with sand and deck chairs.

    Behind the Residence, we walked through the Hofgarten , then headed out to Englischer Garten (English Garden). It was a big open park, complete with a naked man ensuring that everyone saw him. We walked a mile or so to the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower) where we had a traditional litre stein of lager in the sunny beer park. The barman was an Englishman from Tunbridge Wells, who has lived in Munich for the last 2 years.

    Afterwards we took a stroll through Maximiliansanlagen park alongside the Isar river to the Maximilianeum, a palatial state parliament building. We then stopped at a traditional Bavarian bar, just outside the Old Town, for a pint of ‘normal’ German lager followed by an Oktoberfest beer.

    Suitably refreshed, we walked back through the Old Town to our hotel to rest our aching feet. Later that evening after researching TripAdvisor we walked over another mile and a half to a recommended Chinese restaurant called Man Fat. We had a very delicious duck in pancakes with hoisin sauce & crispy chicken with fried noodles & peanut sauce. It was definitely worth the walk there & back.

    Bayern Munich thrashed Schalke 8-0 this evening, but sadly no fans were allowed in the stadium.

    Song of the Day : In Munchen steht ein Hofbrauhaus by Bayernkapelle.
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  • Day21


    August 9, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    On arrive à Munich.
    La télé nous attendait😜. Nous allons faire un tour au marché. Sur certains stands les prix sont prohibitifs, sur d autres on peut déguster les produits. L ambiance est sympa.
    Nous mangeons dans un biergarden. Demain visite.
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  • Day107

    Endlich angekommen

    March 20, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Hallo meine Lieben,

    Ich bin wieder gut und gesund daheim angekommen.
    Das erste was ich gemacht habe ... ein gscheides deutsches Brot gegessen 😂

    3,5 Monate ... wow ... eine ziemlich lange Zeit ... ich würde sogar sagen etwas zu lange um NUR zu reisen, denn nach einer Weile bin ich etwas „Reisemüde“ geworden. Irgendwann ist es schwierig, immer wieder neue Dinge aufzunehmen und ich denke, ich werde auch jetzt erst in der Zeit danach realisieren, was ich alles tolles erlebt habe.

    Im Großen und Ganzen bin ich aber sehr froh, diese kleine Weltreise gemacht zu haben und ich möchte keinen Moment missen.
    Ich habe mich selbst nochmal etwas besser kennen gelernt und habe viele Herausforderungen gemeistert und bin daran gewachsen.

    Und am Ende bleiben dann doch die schönsten Momente hänge, die man sein Leben lang nicht mehr vergessen wird.

    Danke an alle die mich auf dieser Reise unterstütz haben und vielen Dank an alle die ich in dieser Zeit kennen lernen durfte und mit denen ich meine wunderschönen Momente teilen konnte.

    Danke für die geile Zeit !!!

    Euer Dianalein ☀️
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  • Day48

    Destination #7, Munich

    August 16, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Vi Vadi Hotel, downtown Munich

    Following some incorrect directions from the airport info staff, and a mis-leading train going a different way, we found our hotel. Perhaps with a little luck of the Irish (we are meeting them here later) our room was one of the few available and we were able to check in early. After settling in, a rest and a snack we await our next reunion.Read more

  • Day15

    Sunday Kings Hotel First Class

    September 3, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Arrived in Munich about noon by train. Busy morning as we up by 5. Had breakfast and said goodbye to friends on the ship - Mike and Gale from California. And Roger and Jahz our waiters. 1.5 hr bus to Nuremburg to catch a 10am train to Munich. Confused at the station but finally found our way on board for the one hour trip. A quick check in and we were off to find lunch. Found a great Italian place (tired of German food! ) and had wonderful pizza at L'osscaro. The boys took off on a walk about town. The rain was on and off and still cool. Margaret and I did the hop on off bus for a couple hours. Everything is closed Sunday in Munich. Another beautiful city. Home of the 1987 Olympics and the BMW museum.
    I think tonight will be dinner and a possibly a steam before bed. Our train to Venice leaves at 11:30 tomorrow so not much time to see Munich 😔
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  • Day11

    Pinakothek Der Moderne

    January 26, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    The Pinakothek is beautiful. I love art. I rarely understand it, yet like Dance, I always feel wonderful if it has made me feel something - even if the Art makes me sad. Luckily, the Pinakothek Der Modern did not disappoint. There are three Pinakotheks. An old - with historic art, a New, with more-recent art, and the Modern, which celebrates new art and design. I love innovation and art, so of course the Pinakothek Der Modern is my first stop.

    Pinakothek Der Modern is a concrete squat building with a UFO outside. It doesn't really look like much itself, yet the UFO set in the park next to the museum makes it stand out. I am always amused at the juxtaposition of old and new, and the new museum with a UFO is next to all the older buildings, including the other Pinakotheks. Inside the Pinakothek is beautiful, white, with a huge exhibit in the centre of the lobby featuring a giant pendulum. My little camera doesn't take good pictures of this, as it is covered in chrome and swings back and forth to the amusement of everyone who enters. Many people take pictures of it. I wander off to the rest of the museum, excited to see design and new art from Munich.

    There is pottery from Africa (not very German so I move on quickly), and a feature exhibit of light-art, with a chandelier made of broken porcelain, light-benches and more. A design museum with unique furniture, cars, and motorcycles from the 19th Century to today. Even a shrine to the design of the walk-man (I had one of those!). The walk-man has been so far from my memory that I forgot I loved one for a long time, yet until seeing this exhibit walk-mans are far from my mind. The world has changed sooo rapidly in only the years I've seen! I can't believe how much it has changed in the life of my parents or grandparents.

    Of course much of the art doesn't move me. I learn a little of Germany's history in modern art - how the wars influenced it - yet I am moved most by an exhibit that has no words - only examples of art with no description. Much of it passes over my head like an airplane and I wonder what the point is, yet this itself amuses me. How did these artists come to make this art? and why - of all the art that could be - was it selected for here?

    I don't understand it, yet many pieces make me smile. Some make me frown. Most make me slightly bemused that humans have come so far in technology and understanding, only to still be making things up and placing made-up values to things.

    Some of the art I think my niece could have made. This is also funny, because I don't think the Pinakothek curator would agree.

    I have a coffee. I enjoy large windows and a chat with a stranger. Life is beautifully simple here.

    I head off to Sunday dinner with Franz after. It is delightful. Moreso for the chats about hiking.
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  • Day1

    Jetzt geht es los ...

    December 4, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

    Vroni und Ich sind Start klar 🛫🌏⛰

    Sarah Bond

    Liebe Diana, ich wünsche dir alles alles gute auf deiner Reise. Ich hoffe das du viele schöne Momente erlebst die dir ein Leben lang im Gedächtnis bleiben. Ich habe selbst mit meiner Freundin die Australische Welt kennengelernt. Es gibt einfach so viel zu entdecken und du wirst eine menge über dich selbst erfahren. Alles alles gute für dich/euch . Ich drück dich ganz fest und freue mich viele Bilder von dir zu sehen. Liebe Grüße von deiner alten Freundin Sarah


    Vielen lieben Dank Sarah 🥰

  • Day54

    Check us out, ready to check out

    August 22, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Early wake up call today. Check out shortly after 4 am and on train to airport at 4:30 am.

    Mary Lou Ryan

    First unhappy faces I have seen on this trip. Must be very early in the morning.

    Mary Lou Ryan

    Love your shirts boys. You both look very handsome. Miss you. Xoxo

  • Day51

    Starting, parting, and beer

    August 19, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Started today with breakfast and coffee. Had an early afternoon walk with the Toal’s before we parted ways for a few days. Visited Spatenhaus for some lunch and beer.

    Mary Lou Ryan

    Beautiful picture.


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