A Handmade Giant Pretzel (Grosse Brez'n) purchased from the Pretzel Maiden's overflowing basket at Munich's famous Hofbräuhaus. It's bigger than my head!
DAY 7 : Scenic Drive into Bavaria
Just the facts Ma'am
How long we stayed: 2 nights
Where we stayed: Hotel am Viktualienmarkt
Where we ate: Zum Straubinger Wirsthaus & Garten, Gasthof Graf
Highlights: Hofbräuhaus, Dallmayr
The Verdict: Munich is an interesting place - though we felt a heaviness there. Was that due to the gray soppy weather, or perhaps the gravity of events in Munich's past? Many intelligent and interesting conversations were had as our group processed the role of this city in World War II. Enlightening. Sobering. But also very good Beer!
Hello? Do I have a caller . . .
The Bonus of Bus Time?
What does a BMW have in common with a Maypole?
Why, they are both checkered and striped with the colors of Bavaria, of course! Blue for the Bavarian sky and white for the clouds that float in it.
Even in my mid-40s, I’m still discovering new things about myself. I personally learned that I have a much more adventurous side within that is longing to play and grow. I feel like the Rick Steves tour helped unlock this playful side that I had forgotten was there. She still wants to do new things…like paragliding off a cliff in the Swiss Alps!" -Katy
DAY 8 : Exploring Munich
Honestly, this trip was FULL of so many #YES2JOY moments it’s hard for me to pick just one! The older I get, the more I believe, that our joy in life is ultimately something we choose. So, I decided to share moment where I had to choose the joy for myself: it wasn’t dependent on my friends help to get me there.
This #YES2JOY moment came in Munich. After touring with the group in the morning, we had the rest of the day to explore the city on our own. We girls made our way to the English Gardens only to be drenched in a torrential downpour. We dried off and reinvigorated ourselves with a delightful lunch at the famous Hofbräuhaus. Kristi and Kim wanted to climb the tower at St. Peter’s Church but I wasn’t feeling up for it.
I chose to break off on my own, in a city I wasn’t too familiar with because I was craving some reflection time. This can be hard when you’re someone like me who doesn’t want to miss out on anything! I stumbled upon the wonderful Caffè Piemonte. It was crowded due to the soggy afternoon, but I lucked out and got a spot in the front window, ordered a Latte Macchiato and a few pastries to enjoy, pulled out my journal and began to write and write. So many adventures had unfolded in just one day and I wanted to remember it all!
I found myself being filled with joy reflecting on all we'd experienced these last days, swooning over the tasty treats, the delicious warmth of my drink on such a drippy day, as people passed by under their colorful umbrellas and watching locals order the largest desserts I have ever seen! It was such a wonderful moment with just myself, and I chose it.
Gratitude abounded as I said #YES2JOY in Munich!!
More Girlfriend Go-To(s)
Three for the Price of One! All ordering different entrees and sharing plates expanded our exposure to local cuisines and increased the "Delight of the Bite" without over-extending our pocketbooks or our stomachs!
Keep the Money Simple To keep transaction time down and simplify payments, we designated Kristi to be the "payer" for all group activities. All shared hotels (like the triple rooms in Bacharach and Keflavik), meals and extra activities we all participated in were paid for in a lump sum. Keeping careful track we simply divided the total by three at the end of the trip, settling accounts during our airport layover in Vienna on the way home. Easy peasy!