Monday, January 30, 2017

The return of Gnome boy to Munich

Skiing in Austria, mid-winter.  Why not.  A change from 'winter' in Vientiane going from a minimum temperature of +18 degrees to -15 degrees - no problem.  So after work on Friday we flew down to Bangkok and caught the 01:35am flight to Doha and on to Munich.

Both of us have been to Munich before: Andrew 40 years ago and me a mere 25 years ago.

Our arrival into Munich was easy and we dropped our bags at the hotel after taking the train into the city.  [Adagio Apartments]  We then proceeded to wander around in the cold for an hour before we could check into the hotel.  

Sunday morning dawned cold and clear.  Andrew donned his Gnome Boy hat - purchased 40+ years ago at Lilywhite's in London. It's so retro that he is cool again!

We took the tram to the Neue Pinakothek gallery for a dose of culture and their 18th & 19th century art collection.  It was a very good exhibition,  And on Sunday only 1 euro entrance (instead of 7 euro) - so an absolute bargain.

From here the plan was to walk to the Residenz area and find somewhere for lunch.  We found a beerhall and had our first experience on this trip of Munich popular culture.  

Next it was a walk through the Residenz.

The Munich Residence served as the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings from 1508 to 1918. What began in 1385 as a castle in the north-eastern corner of the city (the Neuveste, or new citadel), was transformed by the rulers over the centuries into a magnificent palace, its buildings and gardens extending further and further into the town  
We didn't see any of the gardens - currently under snow, but did enjoy a walk through the rooms.

  • Andrew lost an iPhone cable at one of the airports we passed through en route.  
  • Day 1 he lost his carry bag, but found it after realising and sprinting 2  blocks back down the street. 
  • He then proceeded to exit the Residenz and realized he had lost the Gnome Hat.  After sprinting (again) back inside he found it: laid out neatly, on full view, at the ticket desk.  Oddly enough no one else had claimed it as their own.
After going to bed early last night without dinner,  tonight we ventured out in the biting cold to the Augustiner Keller where we indulged in Schnitzel and beers.  Happy times.

Outside there are 4 rinks where a curling game is played, lots of beers being drunk and open brazier fires.

We did a factory tour of the BMW plant.  We arrived early and at BMW Welt display area had a play with a number of shiny new BMW - but we didn't bring home any souvenirs

The tour itself was superb.  Looking at the level of automation and hearing the efficiency statistics it was fair to say it was a very well oiled machine.  The company Headquarters nearby were in the shape of engine cylinders, and quite eye-catching

Back in the city centre we reverted to history as opposed to modern technology and it was a view of the Rathaus and the famous Glockenspiel

For dinner we returned to the Augustiner Keller and more hearty fare washed downed with a bit more Weisbier.  Travel is tough

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