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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich November 26th 2013

Despite leaving Oz a bit late we arrived in Dubai pretty much on time. Only about five minutes after the scheduled arrival time. We are in transit for about three hours waiting for our onward flight to Munich. I am using my time to start the travel diary while Bernie is resting up for the next leg of the journey. We boarded our flight to Munich without any hassles although when we arrived at our allocated seats we found ourselves seated immediately behind a baby and beside a lady wearing strong perfume. Why do people wear strong perfumes and colognes on planes? I never put perfume on when I am flying. Anyhow, pretty soon I couldn't even smell the perfume anymore. Thank goodness it wasn't 'Red Door' that gives me a headache! Even the baby wasn't ... read more
Asamkirche Portico
Sendlinger Tor
Rathaus

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich November 7th 2013

We woke today to the most beautiful sunrise over Munich. Couldn't resist taking some photos of it from the balcony of our apartment. We fly out today at 5pm. This is DEFINITELY our last entry!... read more
Munich Sunrise
Munich Sunrise
Munich Sunrise

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich November 6th 2013

One of our fellow cyclists, Werner from Munich, said to us in August " beware, zere vill be cold rain in Munchen in November!". Well it waited till the last day of our holiday, but Werner was 100% correct. A very ordinary day dawned and we had to abandon plans to cycle to a couple of museums. We used the metro (absolutely fantastic - why can't we run trains like this in Sydney?) and spent quite a few hours in the Alte Pinakothek, a gallery/museum packed full of old masters dating from 13th century onwards. Most of the artworks were in pristine condition and well worth the time spent. We were tired but decided to head across to the Pinakothek Der Moderne - just down the road - where we had a late lunch then a ... read more
Munich Alte Pinakothek Museum
Munich Alte Pinakothek Museum
Munich Pinakothek der Moderne

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich November 5th 2013

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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich November 5th 2013

We said farewell to our fellow bus riders last night and we were planning to stay at the hotel till check-out time at noon. Between breakfast & check-out we ran into some of our fellow travellers at least 3 times - more farewells, more air-kisses and more promises to try and stay in touch. It was a great relief to leave the hotel and head off to the Englischer Garten for a walk in the sunshine! This beautiful parkland is in the heart of Munich and the forecast rain stayed away so we had a very pleasant walk. We visited the Haus der Kunst - a contemporary art museum - and had lunch in the very ornate dining area. This building was one of the first monumental buildings constructed by the Nazis in the 1930's to ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich October 28th 2013

A rather complicated morning to start our first day in Germany. We had to drop 2 bags at Munich airport - these held stuff that we didn't want to carry around on our bus trip - then took the rest of our luggage to tonight's accommodation before returning our car to the rental company. This involved about 2 hours of driving around and into Munich airport and environs. The weirdest bit was finding the Global Cars site where we had to drop off the car. When we picked the car up in Barcelona in August, we had trouble finding the place which was in an industrial area with no signage. This time our trusty satnav guided us to the drop-off site. We drove onto a narrow potholed road with a few old buildings at the end. ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich October 24th 2013

This is the story of three mid-20s Americans in Munich for Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is probably the most renowned party in the world. The only others even in the same ballpark are Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Everyone who's ever tasted a beer knows what Oktoberfest is. The name is synonymous with drinking beer and having fun. All around the world, cities and bars host miniature Oktoberfest parties for those not fortunate enough to make it to Munich. But it's not the same. There is only one Oktoberfest and it's in Munich, Germany. It lasts exactly two weeks from late September to early October (it used to be solely in October but they moved it up a couple weeks because people complained it was too cold). It takes place at a ... read more
Paulaner Tent
Spatenbrau Tent
Hofbrau Tent

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich October 15th 2013

Breakfast at the hotel and off on the Dachau Concentration Camp tour, first by Regional train and then bus. The tour guide was from Seattle and really knew his stuff. The experience was very moving and though I knew a lot of the background, it was just amazing to actually be there and 'feel' the sombre mood of Dachau. Roy, also taken by the moment, re-enacted an escape scene. Enough said.... Back to the hotel, via a great little coffee shop, for a rest (read drink!) and to buy some internet time to check bank accounts :), FB, emails, etc. Then out again - this time for a walking beer tour. It poured with rain but that didn't dampen our spirits. The guys managed 3 x litre steins (and that was after pre-drinks! And tasters!). When ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich October 10th 2013

There's a reason that the title of this post is entirely in capital letters. When you think of Oktoberfest, I'm sure you have an image in your mind. People hype it up. People get really excited about it. They travel from far away to go to it. Blah blah blah. You expect it to be this big party where everyone drinks and has a great time. But it's hyped. So you have expectations. IT'S SO MUCH BETTER THAN ALL OF THAT. Seriously. If you EVER get the chance to go to Oktoberfest in Munich, absolutely do it. I'll start with the journey to get there because that is a story in itself. Buckle up. Prepare to be stressed. SO. Tiffany and Daniel found this amazing deal online where you take a night bus to Munich, go ... read more
Hofbrau
So many people
Our friends from Denmark

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich September 24th 2013

Munich here we are!! After a 3.5 hour drive, we have arrived in Munich from Prague. We were pretty tired after the drive, so we decided to have a quite one, which consisted of, finding a beer garden across the road and having a beer and dinner!! Bit of a language barrier, but finding that 'beer' is pretty universal. Today is Tuesday, which means family day at Oktoberfest. Wow, it is like the Melbourne Show on steroids. Rides that must take days to setup, to beer halls, that take weeks. We walked around before finally settling on the Hofbräu Festzelt tent to go into. Thankfully, it wasn't too busy, so we were able to grab a seat straight away. The cheering/egging on people to swig their stein of beer started pretty quickly. Most were successful in ... read more




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