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August 27th 2013
Published: August 29th 2013
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Our stay in Munich was brief. It wasn't on our list of places to visit but ended up on the itinerary as it turned out to be the best fit to facilitate our flight to Dubrovnik. We arrived at our hotel to find we had been upgraded to a suite. Very luxurious! Huge room, magnificent view, beautiful furniture, a television image 'in' the bathroom mirror and, wait for it . . . flashing coloured strip lighting in the shower. Very Saturday Night Fever!

We thought we might take a beer and brewery walking tour through Munich. We arrived at the designated meeting place under the New Town Hall glockenspiel and found others waiting there for the tour also. Unfortunately the tour guide didn't turn up which was disappointing as we were quite looking forward to doing something a little less 'intense'. We decided we would find ourselves a beer hall and partake in the local brew. We were in Munich after all! We were told that the Hofbrauhaus was the best beer hall in Munich so went in search of, and eventually found, after much going around in circles, 'the' beer hall. It is, in a word, massive. We are
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Television image 'in' the bathroom mirror!
a month out of Oktoberfest and still the hall was absolutely packed full. Hundreds and hundreds of people eating and drinking while a band, in appropriate costume, played traditional German beer drinking music! It took some doing but we eventually found a place to sit. The beer is only sold in one litre steins so poor Clive had to share his beer with me. I admit I am developing a taste for beer during my time here in Europe but one litre? That's a big glass of beer. I had to hold the Stein with two hands!

The weather conditions the following morning were ordinary, drizzling rain and quite cool so we had a nice leisurely breakfast before one last quick walk into the city. Munich has many beautiful old buildings but is for the most part quite a modern city. It is one of the more congested cities we have visited. It's not a particularly pleasant city to walk in as there are just too many people so we can't begin to imagine what Munich is like during Oktoberfest!

Our flight from Munich to Dubrovnik was a good one. After all the overwhelmingly large airports we have
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Old Town Hall
been to recently we were amused by Dubrovnik's airport. One airstrip, no walk tunnels, just good old fashioned steps and take yourself across the tarmac, one solitary luggage carousel and no shops. It was what we would liken to a country airport. Quite a pleasant change!

Our hotel in Dubrovnik is old and regal. We were once again upgraded to a superior room. No disco shower this time though . . .we were so disappointed! We settled into our room and then headed off to a local restaurant for dinner where we had the most delicious Mediterranean meal. Fresh seafood, grilled vegetables and a good bottle of wine. Just divine.

The following morning we woke to torrential rain, thunder and lightning! Not at all cold but impossible for sightseeing so we stayed in and did some housekeeping. Unfortunately bills still have to be paid when you are on holiday! Late afternoon we took a taxi to the sail boat 'Panorama' our home for the next seven days. The boat is 'interesting'. More to come on that at a later date. There are thirty seven passengers on board of which twenty are Australian! Of that twenty only two are
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from Western Australia. Guess who? Good grief. WiFi is limited on board and what is available is ridiculously expensive so there will no blog for a week or so. Let's be honest we could all do with a rest!


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Clive enjoying his German beer.
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Two hands required!


30th August 2013

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Is that you behind that vase Henny? I hope you don't come home with a beer belly. Clive looks happy with a couple of jugs.
11th September 2013
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Henny with beer jug!
Such a lady! Hope you didn't finish it! haha Rose x

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