Sunday, September 8, 2013.
We spent a few extra days in Prague because we could not get reservations anywhere in or near Munich. It was okay with us, because we loved Prague. It also gave us an extra night to have a WOW meal at the Bellevue, which started with the obligatory Cosmopolitans, followed by foie gras, Atlantic Cod, and John Dory, a great way to end our time in Prague. We finally got reservations for September 7th and 8th in Munich.
We drove from Prague to Munich in about 4 hours. GPS said it would take 5 hours, but GPS did not anticipate Rita driving 106 miles per hour. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is a new track record! The drive was beautiful, a bit of a blur, but nevertheless beautiful. The Czech Republic has wonderful rolling hills, covered with pine forests. The fields are green and brown making a patchwork quilt of colors. Then, you enter Bavaria and the towns, church spires, cleanliness, greenery and countryside are even more spectacular. We also drove through miles of hops fields. They are green and appear to grow up wires strung to frames maybe 15 feet high. Apparently, Bavaria is the largest hops producing area in the world. We are staying at the Kempinski Hotel, which is located in old Munich making all the sights within easy walking distance. When we arrived in Munich we learned why we could not get reservations earlier in the week. It was because there was a soccer match involving the World Cup between Germany, Austria and I think another two countries and Munich was packed with soccer fans. We drove by the stadium on our way into Munich and it is an awesomely modern arena. Last night we went to the Hofbrau Haus. It has been serving beer since 1549. It is one of the largest, if not the largest, beer hall in the world. Now I know where all those hops go–into German beer. The Hofbrau Haus seats 5000 people, who sit at communal tables, eat brats, drink beer from 33-ounce mugs and sing German songs performed by an Oompah Band. WOW!!!! The Germans sure know how to drink beer and party. What fun people. They have to be among the happiest people in the world. We also did a brief walkabout around Munich to see the highlights. We saw the Marianplatz, the Frauenkirche, the Viktualien Market, and Peterskirche. Tomorrow we turn in “Betsy”, a sad moment in our lives since we have been with her for almost 90 days. We also leave Europe for 11 days to go to Croatia before returning to Munich for Oktoberfest. We have to leave Europe because they have a law that you cannot exceed 90 days in a six-month period. We have been in Europe for about 85 days and we are going to return for 5 days to experience Oktoberfest. Thus, this is our reason we need to leave Europe for 11 days. We have somewhat of a schedule for Croatia so that you can track our moves. We are going to fly from Munich to Split and spend one night in Split. Then, catch a ferry to Brac, an island that is suppose to have the Best Beach in Croatia. Then, we will catch a ferry to HVAR. HVAR is supposed to have one of the BEST Beaches in the world. It is also a place where Brad, Angelina and Beyoncé and others have partied at the Hula Hula Beach Bar. From Hvar, we catch another ferry to Korcula, a quieter island where we hope to briefly explore some historical sights. Finally, we take a three-hour bus trip to Dubrovnik where we will spend the last few days before flying back to Munich.
We love you and miss you – Norm & Rita
Just a few Munich Pictures here, as we are visiting this place again for Okctoberfest!!