Friday, 10 February 2017

A Girly Weekend in Munich

As you may or may not know, Chiara, one of my housemates is originally from Munich, and a couple of weeks ago we all went over to stay with her for a weekend of sightseeing, eating and drinking.  And in true Chiara style, we couldn't have been better taken care of.  We were picked up from the airport and chauffered like queens, arriving home to a delectable spread of traditional Bavarian food and plenty (I mean plenty) of wine.   

Having filled ourselves to the brims with food, we put on our glad rags ready for our first night out on the town... of which I have some pictures that nobody wants to see - hence, the night was a great success!   

Saturday morning we rose not so bright-and-early (but still before midday) to a sparklingly sunny day.  We slowly got ready to face the day, which began with more traditional Bavarian food with Chiara's mother and aunt at a beautiful restaurant with a roof terrace that looked out onto the River Isar.    

I had an enormous portion of pork, gravy and knödel - potato dumplings - with a sauerkraut style salad to accompany it.  And, as if that wasn't enough, for pudding we were all introduced to  kaiserschmarrn, roughly translating to 'Emperor's mess'.  But it was an utterly delicious mess.  Think chunky pieces of fluffy pancake, sprinkled with powdered sugar and fried with butter and sliced almonds.  Yeah, I know, we were all in love.

Stomachs filled once again, we headed off to get the train into the city centre to see the sights.  We started with the town hall (above) before climbing the Alter Peter - a tower of no less than 299 steps...

...which was 100% worth it.  We went at the perfect time in the afternoon when the sun was just starting to set, so we got an incredible view of a winter sun-soaked city, bathed in ochre tones.

We finished off the day with a couple of other churches, a little bit of shopping, and a wander through Hofbräuhaus am Platzl - which gave us a tiny snippet of what Oktoberfest would be like (beer, music, beer, laughing, beer etc.).  

Saturday evening we headed out on the town once again... and Sunday we made our way to Austria.  To be continued... 

Ruby x