Friday, November 30, 2012

santa stopped by.

To visit Elliot, since she's been a good girl.

(Except for when she ate our wedding album...)

But, I for one am happy it's "the most wonderful time of the year" again. As I do agree.

Monday, November 12, 2012

day 4 | münchen

So remember that rain I mentioned last post? Well it poked its little head out between nights 3 & 4, and enjoyed itself so much, it stuck around for the morning. But that was ok, because with Zugspitze out of the way, and the new way of flying by the seat of my pants- we made it work. This involved a U-Bahn trip, and touring the Residenz. With our best rain gear (really, I need a new jacket, I am aware it looks much like I put on a garbage bag) we trekked from the subway to the grand palace.

And we were greeted with this- a common theme for this trip- scaffolding!

But, luckily inside was all pretty. And it wasn't too crowded. Figuring we'd hang out in the Residenz for awhile while it rained, we opted to get the audio guides and strolled. The Residenz is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs, and is really big, and had a lot of cool things to look at. I especially loved this fountain made of shells!

After our tour + wandering, we braved the elements and went walking around Munich a bit. The rain was more on its way out at this point.

The rest of our day wasn't really planned out, so since the weather had cleared a bit, we thought it would be fun to visit Andechs Monastery for some yummy monk beer. It was about a 30 minute drive, and with the just rained weather, the clouds looked really cool. We parked (never mind we tried to go the back way to the delivery area) and then went to the outside dinning area for some large beers & large pretzels.

After we were full-o-yummy treats, we wandered the grounds. All so pretty.

As we were walking, we saw a trail- so thought we'd head on that a ways. Turns out it was a straight shot to nowhere. We thought it'd loop around the grounds to the front, but instead took us way out past it. We ended up turning around. And snapping this photo.

I'm sure one of those signs says "Caution- don't go this way- it doesn't really go anywhere."

After our tour to nowhere, I stopped back at the store to pick up a beer cup for my dad, then we hit the road. Our day was still young, so we decided it would be a great time to stop at Nymphenburg Palace. This was one great thing of having a car. If we wanted to do something, it was so easy to get there, vs. finding trains and subways. Definitely a different way to see a city.

The Palace was the main summer residence for Bavarian royalty back in the hey day. And since we had already seen the Residenz earlier that morning, we opted to just walk the grounds. When you pull in your engulfed in a circle of amazing buildings and waterways.

We weren't sure how far we could go- but it turned out we could go just about everywhere outside. And man oh man was it beautiful. It made me want to watch Pride & Prejudice/Cinderella/Marie Antoinette.

And before we left, we found the cutest little baby swans, and their mom. They were trying to get on her back. A-dor-able.

After a long, fun day, we drove back to our hotel and then picked up some Doner Kebab. Probably hands-down our favorite food we had while in Germany!

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