Monday, October 20, 2014

Europe Recap: German McDonald's

Continuing tradition, while we are on vacation this year, I'm sharing some photos and details from last year's trip. Last year, you got to see China while we were in Europe. This year, you get to see Europe while we are in India! 

One of the most oddly popular posts ever on this blog is about McDonald's in Paris. 

With that in mind, when we stopped for gas in Germany on the drive from Munich to Salzburg, and there was a connected gas station, I went inside to take some photos. 

I live within a few blocks of a McDonald's here, but I honestly can't remember the last time I ate at one, but I would absolutely do so overseas -- so many different items.

On this trip, I elected sweets (and espresso for my husband), but even the ordering and payment was different and awesome.  I can't speak to prices, but the main menu items seemed more expensive than their US equivalents.









Friday, October 17, 2014

Europe Recap: Oktoberfest in Munich

Continuing tradition, while we are on vacation this year, I'm sharing some photos and details from last year's trip. Last year, you got to see China while we were in Europe. This year, you get to see Europe while we are in India! 

In advance of the trip, while we were ostensibly going for the marathon in Berlin, I knew the highlight of the trip for me would be Oktoberfest.

I went to Oktoberfest in Munich in 2004 when my brother lived near Munich and it was insanely fun, so I knew I'd enjoy it again. 




You see lederhosen all over:



Inside the Hippodrome tent:




Cheese spaetzle, so, so, so, so, sooooo good!


It's me!




Walking to another tent:



Inside the Spaten tent, where we spent the remainder of the night:


Random strangers in all photos below, friends for the night!





Then my friend from high school and I decided to hit up the carnival rides.  My husband was long gone and we were drunk enough that it sounded fun:



My friend from high school on the swing:


The whole night was getting blurry:


We also went through some weird terror tunnel thing:


And we made more friends in the metro, waiting for the last train of the night:




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Europe Recap: Munich

Continuing tradition, while we are on vacation this year, I'm sharing some photos and details from last year's trip. Last year, you got to see China while we were in Europe. This year, you get to see Europe while we are in India! 

After Berlin, and after the marathon, we headed by car to Munich to enjoy Oktoberfest.  We went with my bestie, her husband, her sister, and her sister's boyfriend, and while there, we met up with one of my high school friends who now lives in Munich. 

We spent some times checking out the usual Munich sights, but I'd been to the city a couple times (someday I should post my "this would never happen now that we have cell phones" story about a disastrous attempt to meet up with my brother who was living near Munich), plus I wasn't in much of a walking mood thanks to the marathon PR, so it was a low-key trip.  My husband's favorite kind!  He jokes that I should run marathons on every trip because it means I slow down to his vacation pace afterward.

 




Bummer it was under construction.  If my 2004 trip photos were digital, I'd post one of those for comparison.  This is the Frankenkirche, famous for its onion domes:







Somehow this "black footprint" is something I either hadn't seen on either of my two past visits to Frankenkirche, or it wasn't there, or I forgot all about it.  Two sideways photos of the explanation below:




The Neus Rathaus, again:



First time for me, we went to Viktualenmarkt:


Mmm, cheese:


My bestie's sister with a bretzel (that's German for pretzel):

A cheese shop in Viktualienmarkt, so good!


A visit to Hofbrauhaus of course.  I think only my second since I don't remember going there on my 2004 visit:



Upstairs at Hofbrauhaus:

 
 
There you have it, Munich in review.