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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Munich Part 1

The day we arrived in Munich, we checked into the Vier Jahrzeitsen Kempinski hotel.  This was my first stay at a 5 star hotel and I could definitely get used to it.  The hotel sits on Maximillianstrasse, which is one of the main streets in Munich.  All the fancy designer shops are located a stone's throw away from the hotel.  The Hofbrauhaus, Odeonplatz and the English Garden are within walking distance.

The main entrance to our hotel.

We dropped off our bags and headed off for a walking tour of Munich.  We met up with our guide, Michael, and off we went.

Our first stop was at the girl and wolf statue, where we received a crash course in the history of Munich. The geographic location where Munich sits dates back for centuries, but it wasn't officially named a city until 1175.  As the story goes, Henry the Lion - Duke of Saxony and Bavaria built a bridge near the Isar River, then destroyed the pre-existing bridge owned by the Bishop.  Henry then charged a fee for the usage of his bridge.

The top of the statue

The base of the statue and fountain

We then walked around the main city center where we were able to get some of these shots.

The back of the Bavarian state Theater

The Jewish Museum

Passing through the Viktualienmarkt, horse meat anyone?  Ick!

We ended our that evening in the Odeonsplatz and a bunch of us ended up eating dinner at a small outside Italian restaurant, Luigi Tambosi. The food was amazing! I could only make out a few of the dishes from the menu, but we ordered some plates of Ravioli and Spaghetti Bolognese.

After dinner, we were heading back to the hotel and saw a bunch of these little cards strewn across the ground and the sidewalk.  A series of words caught my eye and what I saw made me giggle.

Nothing in life this happens by chance.

We retired early that night because the next day, we were headed to our final castle of the trip.

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