First Time

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Reason
It was coming up to Christmas and we needed to make our annual pilgrimage to Germany for Weinachts Markt, and as we had never been South before, we decided to break our virginity, and for the first time ever, head to Munchen !!!
The Story
Luckily for us, Ryanair fly to Friedrichshafen, so this is where we started. Once we were at the desk of the car rental place, the woman seemed a little worried about me driving on an autobahn. I think she freaked a little when I told her that I had been on them before on my pushie !!!
A couple of hours later, we were in Munich, so we dumped the car and bags and hit the streets. It was late, so there wasn't anything to do, so we died instead
Once awake, we were both excited about being in Munich for the first time ever, however Lucy was pissed off straight away as she found an ice rink and didn't have her skates !!! Amazingly for the largest city in Bavaria, at 10 in the morning it was very quiet. We had a walk around before we headed out to the Englischer Garten. It's a huge old park with a couple of beer gardens in the middle. the one we wanted to see was the Chinese one. I would have considered a beer but they only sold Hofbrau, so we hit the gluhweins instead. After a couple, we made our way back to the centre. Along the way, we came across a weir where the locals were surfing. I've seen it all before, but what amazes me is that for a country that is very law abiding, (they do not jay walk) there was a sign stating that surfing was forbidden, and here they were, disobeying the law !!!
Back in the city, we visited loads more markets, throwing down the gluhwein as we went. Eventually, all roads lead to the Theresienwiesen. Here, for sixteen days every year, the legendary Oktoberfest is held. As you all know, we have been here a number of times, and to see it like it was, a carpark and an alternative Christmas market was sad. The only thing to do was to have another gluhwein to drown the tears. I couldn't actually wait to leave and get back into the Centrum.
As the night rolled on, Munchen changed face. At around 20:00, the markets started closing down !!! Normally they shut in other towns around 23:00, but this is Munchen, home of the legendary fest, and it was quiet, so we consoled ourselves with a couple of Andechs beers.
As Munchen had been a disappointment, we left early and went to Chiemsee. Home of another Ludwig palace, the Herrenchiemsee. It's a kind of a Versailles copy, but much smaller and not finished. We were not allowed to take photos inside, but I did manage a couple of sneakies !!!
As we had hours and hours to kill, we decided to tale the long way back, and that was through Austria. The drive through is so scenic, and in my eyes, Austria is the prettiest country in Euroville. Nothing compares. Our heading was Innsbruck, a place that I have loved since I rode my pushie to there in 1996. it's just a small city with the mountains coming all the way down. The Weinacht Markt was good, and the gluhwein warmed us up before we headed back out. a couple of hours later, the snow was knee high, at the edge of the autobahn, and a little slippery. Oh well it was fun !!!
After a couple of long tunnels, we arrived back in Germany, our weekend was over once again.
And Finally
It had been good to see Munchen outside of Oktoberfest. A little disappointing, but still full of Italians. Ludwig's palace was fun, but it was great to drive through the centre of Austria. I really think my parents made a mistake when the emigrated. I'm sure they were meant to say Austria, but mis-spelt it and put Australia !!!

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