Luck was with us. Only a few minutes after Eva and I had finished breakfast and figured out how to connect our laptop to the lobby Ethernet service, in walked daughter Suzi with her 27 pound pack. She had managed to get her best connection from Belize via New York and had arrived right on schedule. We got her in for a free breakfast right before closing time. We had not seen her for well over a year while she was traveling in Central America so had a lot of catching up to do.

Suzi joins us from Belize

Suzi joins us from Belize

Later, while Eva spent the day visiting her ailing sister in the suburbs, Suzi and I walked the vibrant streets in the center of Munich for a full eight hours.
In the center of Munich

In the center of Munich

Lunch time - Prosit!

Lunch time – Prosit!

We didn’t actually need to go places and see things because so much was happening right around us to keep us interested and entertained the whole day. We did venture into one church because it was too spectacular to resist. We found that things had changed a bit in the nearly 50 years since Eva and I were there on our honeymoon. At that time Eva was reprimanded for not having a head covering. A mere handkerchief would do, so she complied. This time Suzi and I walked in, iPad in hand shooting photos as we wished. But soon an official looking man came over to have some words with me. I put the iPad down as a sign of contrition. But all the man wanted to do was to point me to a poster near the door that instructed me that there was a free iPad app I could download to give a tour of the church. What a change in expectations has occurred over the years! Suzi didn’t even have her head, or arms, covered. Bless be!

Pure Renaissance design

Pure Renaissance design

After lunch at one of the huge beer halls downtown, the Augustiner Keller, Suzi and I eventually found our way to the even larger and more famous Hofbrauhaus where the oompah oompah band was just starting to play. Boy, did we feel like we had arrived.

Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus

By the time we got to our hotel, Eva was waiting for us and beginning to think in terms of dinner. In Bavaria we are always thinking in terms of dinner – the food and beer are so very good. So out we went for yet another fine meal and experience. Evenings are so long here in mid summer our long walk home was a real treat, along streets and narrow passageways lined with incredible architecture from so many stylistic periods.

Another dinner in a fine locale

Another dinner in a fine locale

Munich is not actually a very old city by European standards. It’s barely 800 years old. To be honest, it’s been a big city for only a couple of centuries, with by far the most growth since the end of WW2. Most of the downtown was destroyed and rebuilt with so so looking results, but plenty of jewels were saved and returned to former glory to make wandering around richly enjoyable. Our little hotel/pension was one of those spared buildings, the only place on it’s block with real charm. With no elevator, it offers us no easy access, though, to our room on the fourth floor, up a tight winding staircase. The tour books describe this kind of thing as “charming”. Beware! Here’s a view from our window.

Across the street

Across the street

I have now added photos as I am sitting on a bench in front of the Apple store, about the only place we can find wifi, in this city of millions still in the Internet Dark Ages.

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