Thursday, February 28, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
3 hour prior check-in for a 1 hour flight!
Gotta love travel security rules. Thanks to them, I'm here at the airport at 5am and for a 7am flight with NOTHING to do but wait and eat.
German efficiency further compunded the problem because walking into the airport check-in and passport control took 7 minutes. 7.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
This is The "NEW" Town Hall or the Neus Ratahaus, at Marienplatz, Munich
Platz is basically like - plaza or square and munich has tons of them.
Marienplatz,odeonplatz, karlsplatz.. you get the idea.
Anyway, it is called the NEW town hall because they built it from 1867-1909 and it houses the government houses.
The Altes Ratahaus or old town halls was built in 1474 and rebuilt after it was mostly destroyed in the 2nd world war (the last of many times)
it was finally rebuilt completely and now is a museum with toys etc.
Every day at 12 noon, they have the "glockenspiel" or "the play of bells" basically, lots of bells ring in a nice little tune. There are moving statues in the tower (look towards the top) which depict 2 key historical incidents. One the marriage of one of the dukes and the other shows a famous dance of munich called the schafflertanz which was performed during the great plague epidemic in early 16th century (1515 if i remember right)
Monday, February 4, 2008
Made by king Ludwig II. This was his 3rd and final castle but he never finished it and died mysteriously.
This is supposedly the MOST visited castle in the world with over 1.5million tourists every year.
Walt disney modelled disneyland on this castle which made it immensely famous.
The castle is fine really. Although the rooms do feel a bit cramped (as palaces go)
The view from the top though is breathtaking. Especially if you (like me) manage to get here in the winters in the snow.
You must eat here but eat less on the main course because the speciality is the bavarian cream and you must try that as the dessert.
Its heavy but the 1+ mile climb to the castle will burn them off. If u STILL have some left then the steps in the castle will burn those off.
Ofcourse then there is also the business of climbing those steps down and walking down back to the car park.