Art Museums and Shopping

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 27, 2010 Saturday: The Art Museums and Shopping in Munich

We had already decided that we would split up today:  boys and girls.  Erin and I got up about 8:30 and headed for the Neue Pinakothek (new art museum).  We stopped in the bakery at the S-bahn to get an apfelstreudel for breakfast.  We took the S-bahn to Karlsplatz and then got on a tram that took us to within a block of the art museum.   We did the Neue Pinakotek first because both of us love the Impressionists and we wanted to be sure to see them.   We bought a combined ticket at a discounted price that included the Alte Pinakotek (1400-1700, the old art museum).    The highlights for me were Monet, Manet,  van Gogh, Gauguin and sculptures by Rodin.  There was also a terracotta sculpture of Renoir by Malloit.  They had the Sunflowers by van Gogh, one of my favorites of his work.  I bought a magnet of it and of Water Lilies by Manet. 

Erin and I went across the street to the Alte Pinakotek for lunch.  We split an order of nurnburger sausages with potato wedges.  The highlights for me from this period were Hans Holbein, Joos van Cleve, Albrecht Durer, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli, Fra Filippo Lippi, Titian, Tintoretto, van Dyke, Peter Paul Ruebens, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, El Greco, Giotto, and Fra Angelica.  The collection had a great number of Raphael and Ruebens.  I wished my feet could have taken more but we left about 3:30 to meet with Larry and Derek.  We tried calling them on the phone but they didn't answer, so we left a message and headed back to Marienplatz via tram and S-bahn.  They finally called back and came to meet us.  We had beers and Erin and I had a snack: potato pancakes with applesauce.  While we were sitting on the platz we were entertained by a mine/clown who was very funny.  He drew a big crowd of people and of course passed the hat when he was finished.  We were there long enough to see his act twice and left just before the Glockenspiel went off again.

Larry and Derek wanted to go see the Festival Field for Octoberfest.  So we got on the S-bahn and rode out there.  Larry and Derek walked all the way around.  Erin and I went to check out nearby St. Paul’s Church but it closed at 5:00.  So we waited to Larry and Derek and then headed back to the center of town.  We decided to go back to the hotel and drop things off.  It was too early to go to supper so we went to the Augustiner for a drink before supper.  We went to the Jodlerwirt (yodeler-virt) for supper.  This another place recommended by Rick Steves.  It is a very, very small restaurant on the second floor on Diener Strasse.  When we got there, it was empty but most of the tables were reserved.  We got a seat right beside the accordion player.  Larry and Derek got Grostl and I had nurnberger sausages with a great salad and two slices of delicious rye bread.  I can’t remember what Erin had.  The room gradually filled up and all together I would say there were 30 people, elbow to elbow.  We left when the accordion player took his first break as we had to leave in the morning for the airport.

We went back to the hotel and Larry and Derek brought their luggage down to our room.  While I packed for Larry and myself, Larry, Derek and Erin worked on getting all photos off of camera chips and onto all three computers, mine, Derek’s and Erin’s so that we all have all the photos.  We got everything in.  Larry and I switched bags because his was smaller and I wanted to take as little as possible with me for my two days in England.
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