Saturday, August 7, 2010

And it did!

After a night of extremely restless sleep and a better breakfast we grabbed our umbrellas for a day in Munich.  The radar indicated that the rain was stopping soon so we had high hopes. 

Instead of taking the S-Bahn to Marienplatz we walked the few blocks through the Sendlinger Tor gate to this crazy pedestrian zone.  Since it was raining yesterday we did not get a good feel for this area and the late morning was a good time to do it.  We saw the glockenspiel (although too late for the supposedly over-rated show), Viktualienmarkt (open air food stalls/grocery), Peterskirche (St. Peter's Church).  Peterskirche was conducting Mass so we could not tour at that time, and Matt was not feeling well so touring the Viktualienmarkt was not a great idea. 

The Glockenspiel @ Marienplatz

We walked to the Residenz Museum which is the Royal house of the Wittlesbach family.  The furniture and art in this museum are impacted by bombing during WWII.  Much of the house was destroyed but rebuilt.  Many of the informational signs indicated the use for the different rooms and that the furniture in those rooms was from a different location or the artwork was a reproduction or simply a description of what was formerly there. 

Us in the Antiquarium @ The Residenz

After touring the Residenz we bought a few pretzels and walked around for a bit.  We saw the Hofbrauhaus but did not go in.  The area is across the walkway from the Hard Rock Cafe so it was crazy busy and we weren't in the mood to navigate the dos and don'ts of the Hofbrauhaus.

In addition to our umbrella purchase yesterday we had to purchase a travel clock today.  Would you believe that our hotel room does not have a clock?  Really?  Really.  I wake up several times a night and always have to check the time, but for the last two nights I've been driven crazy not knowing the time at all.  Ten Euros later and I'm a happy girl.

Since the rain let up, and don't say it too loud, the sun came out, we decided to spend some time walking around the English Garden.  This is an expansive bit of land at the north end of Munich that has many walking paths and Beer Gardens.  It is quite easy to get lost, but you really don't care because it's a great place to be. 

One thing to know about the English Garden is that nude sunbathing is allowed in some areas.  I did not anticipate this today since it was not really that sunny, but there was one....

Hey Ugly Naked Guy

Then we saw Augustus Gloop

"No, Augustus!  You will spoil the whole chocolate river."

Our evening ended with a walk to a quieter neighborhood for dinner.  The book we used to find out about this restaurant stated that it took Visa & Master Card, but when we went to settle our bill they guy said they don't take them.  Oh well, Matt didn't mind a jaunt down the street to the ATM. 

*Renee - we are gathering brochures as we can to help replenish your dad's stock from 1972. :)

1 comment:

  1. My dad will be so happy.
    Hope the weather gets better and hope you are enjoying Germany!