Laim is not Lame!

Trip Start Apr 12, 2012
Trip End Apr 30, 2012

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Friday, April 13, 2012

After a long and uneventful flight we arrived in Munich around 8am. Customs was a breeze, it seemed to take a lot less time than coming back into the US.  Julie and Noah met us at the airport and we were on the train to their apartment in no time. Their apartment is so nice, and in a wonderful area of Munich called Laim. It's a quiet neighborhood of homes a short walk to two of the prettiest areas to visit, the Nymphenburg Palace and Hirschgarten beer garden.

We received a warm and vocal welcome from the pups, and after lots of petting and excited dancing we headed out to take in some sites before jet lag took us down.  We took the train to the city center, or Marienplatz, and walked around the area checking out some of the shops. Our first German meal was actually a Mediterranean treat - Doner Kebap  which was delicious.

It didn't take us long before we were ready to go back to the apartment for a rest. Since I had been able to sleep on the plane, Julie, Noah and I took the pups and made the 5 minute walk to Nymphenburg Palace. Despite the weather - chilly and damp - we enjoyed our stroll through the gardens, especially Sadie and Rita. It's a beautiful palace and I can't wait to see it on a sunny day. The flowers were just beginning to come out, which was really lovely. When we got back to the apartment Gary was ready to go out, so they all headed out once again for the palace.

That evening we enjoyed a delicious home-made, Noah-made chicken stew and watched some German television. Because they have a basic package they only get one station in English - CNN - so not too exciting. I think it does help them with their German.  We were pretty tired so we went to bed pretty early since we had a big adventure ahead of us.

Saturday we went back to Marienplatz, and this time we did more sight seeing. We made it just in time to watch the Glockenspiel go off.  After that we visited the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) which is the town hall, and then went to church. Each one was very different from the others, and seemed to get more ornate as we went along. Frauenkirche was the least ornate, but still very beautiful. Gary and I lit candles to celebrate our anniversary - 32 years. The second church we visited was Peterskirche, more ornate than the first with beautiful carved marble throughout. Our next stop was Theatinerkirche, which also had a lot of carved white marble along with lots of gold and glitz and beautiful paintings on the ceilings. The last church we visited was Asamkirche, a completely different look from the others. It was more of a baroque decor - lots of reds and golds.

After getting our fill of churches we went by the Hofbräuhaus, which was extremely crowded, then walked through the farmer's market area and got a couple of pretzels to snack on. Yummo!!  From there we headed over to the Englischer Garten which is one of the largest urban public parks in the world - bigger than Central Park in New York. Needless to say we saw a very small portion of it before stopping at the Chinesischer Turm - Chinese Tower for beer and pretzels, which as you can see from the pictures are ginormous!

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