Looking for the Beer Gardens

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
Trip End Jul 31, 2013

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Where I stayed
The Kings First Class
What I did
Beer Gardens

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Saturday, May 7, 2011

For this trip we decided to keep our options open, that is to say that we will go where the spirit moves, if that is we don't have firm plans. So today we had no plans at all except to visit with our "girl" Silvia. Silvia was one of our students back in the 80’s and we’d lost touch with her until she found us on facebook a year or so ago.

Silvia was to meet us in Munich as this is the city she loves; we’d both be arriving by train just 10 minutes apart so the train station was a perfect meeting place. We got off the train and there walking to us was Silvia, such a meeting after 30 years.

When I made the hotel reservations it looked like they were quite a walking distance from everything but in reality the hotel was just around the corner from the train station. We dumped our stuff and started off using a small map that the staff gave us.

The square was, of course, packed being a sunny warm day. Lots of street musicians, sidewalk cafes and a First Aid demonstration of some sort complete with search and rescue dogs, diving demonstrations and so on.

We wanted some lunch but the square was packed and noisy so we located a beer garden on our map, off in the “Englischer Garten”. We fortified ourselves with chocolates purchased at a small shop along the way.

The gardens consist of a very large park with walking paths going every which way and a stream running thru. People were lying on the lawns soaking in the sun, a band was playing, people biking, jogging and just walking.

We consulted our maps on occasion but instead of a beer garden we found water running into the stream from a canal under the street. The water was running very quickly and young people wearing wet suits were lined up with their small size surf boards, catching the waves as the water ran into the stream. We had to laugh, “Surf’s up in Munich”.

We did find the beer garden and stuffed ourselves on sausages, potato salad and beer while the German band played Oompah music from a nearby Chinese Pagoda. People ate while others danced the afternoon away.
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