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Published: June 22nd 2017
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What has been two days for the folks back home has been one long day for us, having lost 8 hours crossing the Atlantic. We took off from O'Hare without incident other than a bit of a shaky ascent and were glad to land in Philadelphia. After a couple of hours it was time to move to gate A10 and board the Boeing 757 bound for Munich. The big planes are much smoother in the air. No one slept except for Jeannette. Lucky her. Apparently knitting has a sedative effect.
We arrived in Munich after about 8 hours and everything in that airport was very "German-engineered." The escalators, instead of being named "OTIS," were appropriately named "SCHINDLER." Unlike in London, Jeannette did not make "Schindler's List." We were all pleased that she didn't topple head over heels on the escalator.
After getting our luggage (this was a novelty for us!), we took the S-Bahn #8 to Marienplatz. The timing could not have been better. Just as we walked up the stairs we arrived for the 11 o'clock chiming of the Glockenspiel in the Rathaus ("new" town hall). It still looked pretty old to us.
The afternoon started off with a
few minor frustrations. First, Rich's ATM card would not work. He was slightly perturbed. Upon arrival at the Hotel Atlanta, we found that our reservation was off by 24 hours and our rooms were not ready. Jake and Jeannette took a room without a toilet, but with a looming shower that sits at the foot of the child-size beds. Opting for the "whatever" mentality, the two opted not to react like Sherman's March on Atlanta. After getting settled, we headed to the Ratskeller for a bite to eat. It was in the basement of the new town hall. After an uneventful meal, we had to find "Discover Bavaria." Our maps were not akin to discovery, nor was the weather. After wandering up and down (uber und unter) Marienplatz, we stumbled upon the object of our quest. Jake took a look at the people hanging out inside and thought we were already in Amsterdam.
We were able to book our tickets to Castle Neuschwanstein for Friday without event. IT WAS TIME FOR A NAP.
We regrouped at six o'clock and headed toward a Munich destination: The Hofbrauhaus. Inside were tons of picnic tables and seating was "good luck." We found a table
for just the four of us and enjoyed a phenomenal meal of Schweinschnitzel, Putenschnitzel, and Kasespaechtzle, along with two 1-liter steins of Dunkel, one Dunkel Radler (+ lemonade), and one house white wine. Not to call it a night right away, we decided to visit one more "top ten" establisment, Paulaner. There, Rich and Jake opted for a DunkelWeisbier, Jeannette for a Chardonnay, and Barb for a buttermilk-orange shake.
This brings the pilgrims back to Hotel Atlanta where we have found a quiet spot with WiFi! Tomorrow, we look forward to some more local exploration including a trip to the City Museum and to Dachau.
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