Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Day 15 Munich

It was around 6 in Munich today, so quite warm after the weather we've had.

Had a slower start this morning and headed out about 9.30 and walked down to the food markets - about a 30 minute walk from the hotel.  It was interesting seeing all the different foods for sale - fruit, vegetables, seafood, cheese, alcohol.  One shop we walked past was selling all parts of pigs - there were heads, trotters, hearts etc etc in the window.

We then headed back to watch the Munich town hall glockenspiel.  At 11.00 it chimes and re-enacts 2 stories from then 16th century, with musicians, knights jousting, and dancers.  It was quite amazing to watch.

Then we toured the Munich Residence which was the political and cultural centre of the rulers of Bavaria from 1623 until 1918.  We went through the museum, treasury and theatre.  The items displayed in the Treasury were amazing, with crowns and jewels and porcelain and ivory.  Some of the carving was so intricate.

We had a late lunch and then visited the town hall Christmas Markets, where we sampled some wares and were lucky enough to see some guys playing alpen horns.

We visited the cathedral and browsed some shops before heading back to the hotel for a bit of a rest.

John found us a very nice Afghan restaurant where we had a delicious dinner.

It's about a 30 minute walk to where all our activities have been so we're getting lots of exercise.  

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