Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year from Munich! (Part 1)

And we're off to another adventure - this time, Muenchen, Germany!  I've never been to Munich before so we thought, why not as Bobby checked the loads for the flights to several other different cities as well. The boys also wanted to see snow and we figured it would be easiest to get somewhere from there.

The boys are so lucky being able to check out the cockpit after touch-down!
And Graham even got to wear the captain's hat!
And... when start with fog right off the bat in Munich:
But all bundled up and ready to go! I'm glad I was able to make two matching scarfs for the boys from one of my scarfs. And luckily, we also managed at the last minute to borrow some thicker jackets from Graham's friend from school.
Graham and Charlie look pretty comfortable on the subway train! It was only USD13 for the whole family to travel by subway, tram, or bus for 24 hours. Amazing! Super convenient!
On our way to see the Glockenspiel, a quick stop to check out all the sausages. Wow... impressive! I wonder what Charlie is thinking here!
Here is it! Located in Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel is part of the new town hall, which dates from 1908.
Every day at 11am, it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century:
I have to admit, I was a bit underwhelmed by it.  Perhaps my expectations were higher!
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Nonetheless, the architecture of this and many other buildings are just amazing and so beautiful:
At night, we walked past the Hofbraeuhaus, which I'm just reading now is owned by the Bavarian State Government! It dates back to the 16th century:
The Hard Rock Cafe is across the street and that was probably the only place I saw, with Security standing outside of it's doors.  We ended up finding this little restaurant, hidden at one end of the Viktualienmarkt (the local farmers' market).  For dinner, bratswurst of course!... with a pile of potato salad or sauerkraut.
For whatever reason, Charlie just LOVES pretzels!  We later found out that we had to pay for how ever many pretzels we had taken.  Good thing he didn't touch all of them!
When we got done with dinner, a lot of the stalls in the market were already closing up:
One more photo of Marienplatz, this time at night.  Just so lovely, especially with the Christmas tree lit:
And this is probably the largest bicycle marking on the ground I've ever seen!
Quite enough for a day, especially for 2 little boys that aren't quite used to walking so much! Onward to see some snow the next day!

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