Ein Bier, bitte
Trip Start May 01, 2010
33Trip End Jul 10, 2010
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Hope everyone is well!
Well we awoke to some slightly warmer weather which was nice and set out to explore Munich. Breakfast was a Turkish kebab which was actually pretty good. There is a huge Turkish community in Germany (more than any other country outside of Turkey) and kebabs are on every street corner. I think our hotel is in the Arab area because there are signs in Arabic everywhere and Turkish supermarkets. Strangely there are also lots of strip clubs and casinos around our hotel but the area doesn’t seem too seedy.
We walked down to the main square here in Munich which is called Marienplatz and although small it is quite an impressive square. It is dominated by a huge town hall with a large clock which comes to life several times a day with animated figures fighting and dancing
Just around the corner from the main square is an outdoor food market called Virtualmarkt which we decided to investigate. So many sausages! Every type of wiener you could imagine in both fresh and cured styles. Having eaten wieners for a few days straight we kept walking to check out what else the market had on offer. One thing I did come across which I really liked was gingerbread which seemed to be sold everywhere as a snack in small bags. I don’t normally like gingerbread but this stuff was soft and sweet rather than sharp and crumbly. The centre of the market was a beer garden with many locals drinking litres of beer and eating the ubiquitous pretzel. I joined in the fun and enjoyed a local brew while enjoying the happy atmosphere. There were also a lot of cheeses (mainly French) being sold as well as various types of antipasto such as stuffed olives which looked and smelt amazing.
We spent the afternoon walking around looking at some of the shops, the medieval architecture and the Frauenkirche which is a huge cathedral which towers over the city of Munich
Being in Munich, dinner had to be at a traditional beer hall. The beer hall we picked seemed quite traditional with lots of dark heavy wood furnishings and a very large older lady in Bavarian clothing rushing around with huge beers in her hands. The menu was more like what we had seen in Austria than in Berlin (we have posted up a few pictures of the menu if you are interested) and very hearty. Ly went for a veal dish in a creamy sauce while I tackled the ‘Augustiner restaurant special’ being ‘suckling pig, knuckle of pork and poultry with potato dumpling and white cabbage salad’ or in reality, a huge plate of pig. Great food but so filling especially with a beer of which the only sizes seem to be ‘huge’, ‘comically large’ and ‘risk of a drowning death on every mouthful’. The beer was of course very good and the selection large.
Well we plodded home the size of two Bavarian dairy cows ready for a sleep in the hay but had really enjoyed our day in Munich. Although there is not that much to see, the food is good (not if you are on a diet) and as with Berlin the people are friendly and helpful and I would be happy to come back again.
We got hit by heavy rain on the way home but hopefully the weather will clear by tomorrow as we are off on an excursion...
Miss you all.
Daniel + Ly