Arrival ... I'm jet lagged!

Trip Start Sep 28, 2010
Trip End Oct 06, 2010

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

9/29/10 -  9/30/2010 Tuesday - Wednesday

Why don't you see more of those cool old wooden hot tubs around?

That was one question I pondered on my ten and a half hour jaunt across the pond from San Francisco to Munich with Tim. After staying two enjoyable nights at the Inn in San Francisco bed and breakfast on Van Ness in the mission and admiring the wooden hot tub in the back of the 1872 Victorian, an inquiry was made about whether the maker of the tub was around anymore.  We were informed that although he was, he wasn't likely to be making any of those hot tubs now because it's not legal to have new wooden tubs in San Francisco anymore (at least) for the purpose of renting them out, according to the fellow we spoke to at the front desk . (Need to find out what the deal is with this story.)

After leaving San Fran right before 9 p.m. on Tuesday and arriving in Munich at 5 p.m. Wednesday, we were a bit jet lagged. Arrival time being the afternoon in Munich was equivalent to 8 a.m. California time.

Giving credit where credit is due ... Lufthansa has it going on. It's not flashy or fancy but its plane was seemingly new and clean. The staff was friendly and attentive and drinks, food and blankets were free. That may seem weird to point out but if you've flown on any American carriers lately, you would clearly know the difference. 

Munich is very expensive. It ranks well up there with Paris or Milan. 

A dash off the plane to pick up the rental car and we were off on the Autobahn to locate our hotel. Once there, we checked in and were off to a bank to grab some euros and then stopped off at a local bar for a beer. The love of American metal bands was alive and well in there as song after song came out of the speakers in this tiny joint loaded with posters of hair bands from days gone by.

Back to the hotel and a stop at the hotel bar leads to us meeting folks from Colorado, England and some wacky fellow from Austria who made me a bit uncomfortable because we obviously had different ideas of personal space. Lots of folks started trickling in to the hotel at the end of the night after their fill of the Oktoberfest for the day. Tomorrow we get to see what it's all about.
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Charles Perkinson on

Make sure you have a fest beer for me.. I was only 18 years old on my first visit to the festival (1955)... hope you guys have as much fun on your visit. Keep us posted.. Tell Tim hello..

batleytravels on

Thanks, Uncle Charles! We did have a good time. It was a lot to take in. I think I'll have to go back better prepared next time. With my dirndl on and all:)

Jim (Lufthansa flight) on

Not only expensive, but more so during Oktoberfest. And according to the owner of the hotel I stayed in, at the very same time, Munich hosts a huge Real Estate oriented trade fare. All hotel rooms are bumped in price by at least 40%.

Yes, I paid about about 40% more for Munich hotels than Berlin hotels.

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