Italy Continued

Miss something? Here are all my entries about my trip. Well I really need to finish this up.. otherwise you’ll think I didn’t have fun.
Off to Munich we go…I forget how many miles the actual trip was, but I don’t think I was really keeping up with the time either.  Every turn there was something new to discover.

While heading out of Italy towards Austria we could tell the weather was getting colder and colder. There were so many tunnels that went through the mountains that I lost count too. I’m just amazed that they even exist.. some were a couple miles long.. straight through rock! I can only imagine what it was like to travel this route before tunnels were built.

Once we got to the Austria border we had to stop to get a ‘permit’ for the car.. otherwise if stopped, you could possibly be fined. Well right now its snowing.. not too bad, but the rain has turned to snow. I’m sitting in the car.. watching these flakes come down that are big!! Did I say big?? Well they were huge! (If you have a good connection..watch this movie.

Well after getting the needed car pass we were on our way. Once we crossed the Alps, and into Germany we finally left the snow behind. We soon stopped at a gas station to fill back up, and I do remember one special thing about Germany. The smell! Ok.. it stunk.. just teasing.. but really it did. There were so many farms in the area where we stopped, and everyone was getting their fields ready to plant, and boy they know how to use the manure! Germany is really pretty too.. so green and lush considering spring was just barely there.

After getting our gas we were on the way. Soon we were into Munich and the buildings were huge! I remember one huge silver/chrome building that stuck out from all the rest.. a very modern city.

We checked into our hotel hotel then headed over toOlympic Park to look around.
We went up into the Olympic tower and got a wonderful 360 degree view of Munich. What can I say.. Nikki showed me all of Munich in less than a hour! We waited around for a little while (it was freezing up there too) and got to see a very pretty sunset.. even though the picture doesn’t do it justice.

After the tower we walked over to the swimming hall and boy was it big! I just thought I knew how big a ‘olympic size’ pool was! After watching the swimmers for a bit (and warming up too) we headed back to the hotel for some dinner. Yep.. American dinner.. the resturant was American, burgers, fries, chicken fingers.. but it didn’t matter.. top that off with a great German beer on tap! Oh.. and we discovered a new drink too! Nikki noticed a drink that the person at the table next to us had (it had a lot of limes cut up in the bottom of the glass) so we proceeded to ask our waiter what the drink was. He said, “Its a Caipirinha, a drink from Brazil. I’ll get you one.” Well he actually brought us one to try (no charge of course) and lets just say we now have a new favorite drink! Its hard to describe.. its like a rum drink with sugar and lots of lime. (The following night we had a couple more too!)

After dinner it was time to try and get some sleep as the next day we were headed down to Marienplatz by subway to do some sightseeing and shopping. Well for most of the day we fought the rain (but we really didn’t mind.. gave us a great reason to go into stores and spend money!), plus there was always a pub to try too. What a better way to warm up than in a several hundred year old pub with a great beer! We also got to watch the Neues Rathaus figures dance around at 11am too.. it was like watching the worlds largest musical clock!

We shopped so much that day that I really can’t mention all of it.. other wise we’ll be here for day still reading about it. I did buy a very nice crystal wine carafe, a handmade rosewood hair brush, a nice bottle of German wine at the market, a scarf (a necessity..it was cold!), and several 1/2 liter beers, and a liter beer for dinner!

Dinner was at a place called Hofbräuhaus.. great beer, food, traditional music and dancing. I ate so much I thought I was going to burst.. and that plate sized pretzel didn’t help!

After dinner we walked back to the subway station.. caught the train back to the hotel.. boy were we tired! Oh.. we did watch some tv.. it was funny seeing shows like ‘Home Improvements’, and ‘Fresh Prince’… all in German! For some reason Will Smith just didn’t sound right.. I mean they tried to make him sound right.. but they just didn’t get it!

Another funny… they have an addiction to ‘ring tones’ for cell phones too! Almost every commercial was for ring tones to download to your phone.. now I wished I’d taped some of those.. it would be funny to show everyone.

The next morning we were up pretty early.. and guess what.. it was snowing! Yep.. snow all the way back to Italy.. you’ll see alot of those pictures over in the photo album.. I have now seen my share of snow, and I’m good to go for a while too.

More trip story tomorrow.. next we will stop at the leather market in Italy.. I get my first experience in trying to talk down prices on leather jackets!

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