Royalty and Beer

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

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It was a beautiful sunny day, a good time to return to Nymphenburg Palace since our first visit was on a cold, dreary and drizzly day. We enjoyed a lovely walk, just 5 minutes from Julie & Noah's apartment, and then strolled around the grounds snapping pictures.

If you go the other way down Hirschgartenallee you arrive at Hirschgarten. Here we met Noah's Aunt Ellen and her husband Rudiger for a traditional Bavarian picnic. The first thing I noticed was the lovely tablecloth and actual dishes and silverware - no paper or plastic here!  We even had cloth napkins. This Brotzeit (literally translated means "bread time") is part of the beergarden tradition. Ellen brought soft boiled eggs, radishes, bread and meat salad  from home, and Noah purchased a smoked fish on a stick. Another interesting note is about the eggs. They were purchased already soft boiled and already colored. They were actually very beautiful. Of course we had our traditional steins, or "mass" if you're German, of beer to go along with the feast. Ummm, could it be called a "mass" of beer because it is indeed "massive"?

To work off our food we played Bocce Ball. I had heard of this but never played it before. Although it didn't really work off any calories, or at least no more than if you were walking is a small circle, it was still a lot of fun. It got a bit challenging when Rita decided to play fetch and would grab the Bocce Ball and run around with it. To her credit, she didn't do this until I egged her on - such a good German dog.

Speaking of Rita, one of the interesting things I learned was that while Sadie was always the favorite dog of strangers in the US, Rita has replaced her as top dog in Germany. Maybe because she has a more aggressive, alert look about her, kind of like a German Shepherd, whereas Sadie just looks like a loveable little girl. Glad to see Rita having a turn at popularity - love my Bavarian grand-dogs!!!
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