Finally a/c. Finally we can sleep in, we tell ourselves when reality is, we wake up at about the same time. Germany’s a/c is NOT the same as our – not frigid, though it is cooler and there isn’t any humidity. I saw fans for the first time yesterday in the rooms across the way. Oh, so they DO have fans.
Let’s see, I’m a little more sunburned today, but at least the day was somewhat cooler, maybe by ten degrees. We did the big Hop On/Hop Off tour today in Munich. The meet up point for it was literally right around the corner from us.
We filled up at breakfast not knowing when we’d eat next. The first bus didn’t take off until 10:00. We found this out after getting there shortly before 9:00. Oh. We could take one that went immediately out to the Nymphenburg Palace and then on(eventually) to the English Garden. We would come back then and take the “interior” tour to hit the art museum and the Residence Palace.
Initially, we thought we’d sit on the main section of the double decker bus, but after only a minute realized there wasn’t any air circulation there …
… so we went up top.
While it meant we’d be exposed to the bright sun, at least there would be air up there. We sat and sat and sat cooking in the sun before we eventually got moving at about 10:40 or so. Sigh.
When we got out to the Nymphenburg Palace, set out with gravel walkways and open gardens and very little shade.
We saw Rubens and Rembrandts – their one Da Vinci was out for testing – d’oh! Too bad this was a portrait gallery and not landscapes.
We moved on from this to The Residence – the in town palace for the king.
After that we went in search of the Hofbrauhaus as our travel agent had stressed that we needed to go there. We wandered, not really knowing where it was until we stumbled across an officer who gave us directions. The street we went down looked a bit sketchy but we did indeed “run into it”.
Because of the warmth of the day we went upstairs to an exterior eating area with a biergarten below it. We sat down and couldn’t understand the menu at all – it was totally in German. Our waitress brought menus in English which we were able to keep as souvenirs. While eating dessert the wind started to pick up. The sky changed toa flat, blue grey in the west as menus, coasters and napkins started to whip around in the wind. We thought it best to leave as we still had a walk ahead of us. No one else seemed alarmed in the least. We left by a different route, walking by the room in the restaurant’s building in which we were supposed to have eaten. It was a big room, with long tables together and benches and a LOUD “oompah” band. It was so loud in there you couldn’t hear yourself think. Oh, not so good on a hot day.
We were turned around because of the location of the restaurant and had to ask directions to the train station (as that’s were our hotel was). The locals tend to be more helpful if you attempt their language. Meanwhile, the outside temperatures had dropped by more than 15 degrees and the stiff breeze felt … refreshing. We hustled, both dealing with eyes drying out and getting gritty from the wind. On the way back I purchased a German paper featuring a front page story of President Obama’s visit to Berlin, days after we had left. How’s that for a souvenir?