29 November 2009


Munich is a new city to both of us and one we wish we could spend more time in. The people were active and friendly, the architecture was impressive, and the countryside surrounding the city was stunning. We approached this new place like we have all others, lots of walking around, a little getting lost, and eating and drinking local delicacies.

Monumental Baroque-style architecture, like this church in Odeonsplatz, gives Munich a very stately feel while the brightly colored exteriors help to keep it light.  

Munich also has many gardens in its city center.  We were serenaded by this classical quintet while strolling through the Hofgarten.  Apparently, not everyone was enjoying the music as much as we were...

Munich also boasts a fabulous, permanent food market right of the Marienplatz -- the city's main square.  It is called the Viktualienmarkt and is loaded with all kinds of Bavarian delicacies.  

At night, at least at this time of year, Munich becomes even more lovely.  Christmas season is definitely under way here and yuletide cheer is all over.  Also notice all the bikers -- the city is incredibly bike friendly with designated lanes and strictly followed share-the-road rules.  

Our friends we are staying with told us we shouldn't miss Dallmayr -- a luxury delicatessen in the center of town.  Dallmayr is a Munich landmark, dating back to the 17th century.  Inside, it reminded us a bit of Marshall Field's at Christmas time with wreaths, garlands, and reindeer adorning every bit of wall space.