Surf's Up Dudes
Trip Start Jun 26, 2011
17Trip End Jul 18, 2011
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I’m writing this on the train from Munich to Stuttgart. Many of the blogs have been written on the
train, long journeys are proving useful for blogging!
Yesterday was a free day. We were both exhausted from game day antics so had a very lazy morning. So lazy, in fact, that we managed to get up & have breakfast in the hotel, but then sat around in our room until lunch before heading out into the city.Once out we headed for the English Gardens. We didn’t get there the other day (mainly because we spent half of the day in a bar with the Cheeky Girls & the Banter Club), so decided that was where we wanted to explore. We walked (via Starbucks, caffeine fix was needed) through the main pedestrian street & en route to Marienplatz and discovered all the stalls & big screens that had been put up for the announcement of the Winter Olympics 2018 host city
On the train home from the game, we were told about a place called Dallmayr in Munich which was just behind Marienplatz. It’s a food hall similar to Harrods (although not on the same scale) with a café upstairs. We found it and had a look in. Everything looked & smelled incredible, the only drawback was there were so many people in there it was stuffier inside than out! We had a look around & then headed back out into the sun & carried on our slow-paced walk to the English Gardens.
We reached King Ludwig’s palace & stumbled on a beggar who had an adult goose & 2 baby geese
she seemed very friendly & is possibly the first goose I’ve met that I didn’t want to cross the road to avoid! Over the road from the goose man was a tea shop – Eilles – this is the tea we’ve been drinking on our travels, so had a look in. The tea smelt great & there were lots of tempting gift boxes of tea that we thought about buying. The only thing that stopped us was the fact that they would be crushed in the cases, so we’ll be on the look-out for another branch along our travels, when we have less travelling to do & it’ll be less likely that the pretty boxes will be ruined.
We reached the English Gardens via a tunnel under the ring road. We came out of the tunnel to see a river running alongside the path leading the way into a beautiful park. People were having picnics on the river bank, sitting & reading whilst dipping their feet in the water & even swimming in there
The candidate city celebrations were still going on (they hadn’t won the bid, but they were having a
party nonetheless). When we reached Marienplatz there was a band on stage & the woman with the band started singing “99 Red Balloons” in German. It may well have been Nina herself, but we
don’t really know what she looks like these days, so it may well not have been. If it wasn’t Nina, why would anyone decide to sing that song!The Carneys were sat outside the Irish bar when we arrived, so we joined them at their table. One drink led to us ordering our tea there (Irish stew for me – massive portion which came with a chunk of baguette & the biggest portion of butter I’d ever seen – a potato wedges & dips for Lisa – again a massive portion which could probably have fed all of us without any bother – and Marie had a pudding – they’d already eaten before we arrived). We then all realised that the USA Sweden game had started, so we headed into Ned Kelly’s (the Aussie bar) to watch the match
Until then:Come on England – We Believe!