In a little more than two weeks I will be visiting my beloved Munich. I love this city, I enjoy everything about it! I am sure that in all my years of living there, certainly there was something I didn't like. But at the moment I don't remember. I choose not to remember!
If a place could be your soulmate - mine is Munich.
The city is magical, in the old and the new. It sparkles.
A city that dedicates an entire museum to product design and architecture. The Pinakothek der Moderne opened it's doors in 2002. For Christmas that year our goddaughter Eva gave us tickets for a private tour of the new museum. I still remember how excited she was to give us the gift, and rush us off to the museum a few minutes later. Munich is special because of her too. She's a real "Muenchnerkindl", born on opening day of Oktoberfest! Prost Eva.
The Viktualienmarkt where you could buy the freshest vegetables, meats, bread, honey, bratwurst, a fresh pressed juice, a beer, a pretzel. It's all here, and in the center of town, it was a part of my "Alltag", my everyday. Until I could figure out how to order in grams and kilos I only bought those fruits and vegetables that I could count, 4 apples, 1 pineapple, 153 grapes.
And oh by the way, 2 pounds of pickled herring is a lot. Trust me!
My favorite shopping street, Sendlinger Strasse where it pays to look up when you're walking. The buildings offer all sorts of visual surprises.
And most of all the Munich Beergardens, my personal favorite is the Augustiner Biergarten. We spent many wonderful evenings here. It was the place we chose for our going away party when we moved to the U.S.A. It's still one of the places I dream about. The setting, and oh yes the beer! Augustiner Edelstoff the BEST beer in the world.
Still can't remember anything I don't like about Munich, except for when there's traffic it can take 2 1/2 hours to drive down to Italy for the weekend instead of 2 hours. But when you're stuck in bumper to bumper traffic heading south out of Munich, the view is pretty good. The cars and the landscape.