Sunday, March 06, 2005

Munich and Strasbourg

This weekend I went to Munich and Strasbourg (hence the clever title).

Munich is about a 3 hour drive from Heidelberg on the autobahn. Our rental car had GPS built in which was pretty nice. The car told us how to get right downtown Munich without ever having to open a map. Our day in Munich (Munchen if your German) started at Marienplatz. There is a glockenspeil that plays here everyday at 11 am and noon. From there we ventured out on a self guided walk of the old town in order to see the major sights in our limited time there. One of our stops was the world famous Hofbrauhaus. This is one of the many beer gardens in Munich but definately the most famous. They have live polka everyday and beer is served by the liter (see yours truly below). We stopped by at around 1:00 pm and it was packed. There were so many people drinking. To make it even better there was a football match in Munich that day so there were plenty of drunk fans to add to the atmosphere. After two liters of beer were consumed we continued on our walk of the city. The second half of our walk took much longer largely due to the additional bathroom breaks that were required. Me being cheap made it more difficult by trying to find washrooms that were free. I still can't believe some places want 50 euro cents off you just to pee! What a rip!

That is enough about Munich for now. I have a ton of pictures to sift through but that can wait until Ottawa.

Today was our trip to Strasbourg. This time we only had about 1.5 hours of driving to do. The weather was also much nicer which allowed us to test out the autobahn a little better. We ot the car up to 200 kph. What a rush! Our average speed was more in the 160 - 180 range though.

I thoroughly enjoyed Strasbourg. It is quite a large city but it has a beautiful old town with lots of different architecture and an amazing Cathedral that dominates the skyline. Yet again we did a walking tour of the old town in order to maximize what we could see in an afternoon. There are no beer halls in Strasbourg but instead there is a great restaurant called La Cloche du Fromage. As you can guess this place dealt only in cheese. But man it was good cheese. My co-worker and I opted for the cheese fondue. At 20 euro each is it a little pricy but you can eat as much as you want. I've never been a huge fan of cheese fondue but I must admit this was better than anything I've ever had in North America. Those French sure know a thing or two about cheese I guess. Four thumbs up!

Well that brings you up to date with my travels this weekend. Sorry for the abbreviated summary. I have lots more to tell but with only two more days until I get home I would rather wait until I see everyone in person.

Have a great Monday and I will see you back in Ottawa.

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