After saying goodbye to my mom & sister in New York, I got on a flight to Warsaw, Poland. I spent 8 hours on a plane, but I have very little to report. I spent nearly the entire time sleeping, except for the last 30 minutes or so. During that time, I realized that Ida Swiatek, the winner of the Women's US Open tennis tournament, was in my cabin and all the flight attendants took pictures with her. She seemed very young, but handled her adoring fans very gracefully. She was quick to exit the plane and I didn't see her again.
While I was landing in Warsaw, Brennan had already made it to Munich. He found a biergarten and began enjoying the German food while I sat in the Warsaw airport trying not to fall asleep. I finally made it to Munich airport that evening and Brennan met me as I got off a bus to the city center. It was so good to see him after two weeks apart!
The next morning, we had a walking tour booked of downtown Munich. Neither of us had done much research about what we would see and we were pleasantly surprised throughout the tour. We saw the Munich Glockenspiel, which is located in Marienplatz (Mary's Plaza) and very intricate. There are many layers that all move together to tell a story about the wedding celebration that inspired Oktoberfest. It was about a 15 minute show and well worth standing in the square to see! (If you want to see a video, here's one I found on Youtube!)
After leaving Marienplatz, we walked over to the Munich Cathedral. The front of this church does not look particularly impressive, but the tour guide made sure to point out how windy it was in front of the church. He told us that there is a legend that the builders of the church made a "deal with the Devil" to get the church built quickly, as long as there were no windows in the church. There used to be a different, larger altar that prevented you from seeing the large window at the front. The legend is that the Devil's footprint is still at the back of the church where he stood to make the deal. They even cover this area when they serve communion! I'm sure this is all just a legend, but it is a good story! We also learned that all the windows of this church, as well as all the relics were removed before the bombing of Munich in World War II. I had no idea this kind of planning went into saving the buildings and treasures from Central Munich. Thankfully, it did so we can still see it today!
There were several other stops on the tour. The first photo on the left is the Michael Jackson memorial in Munich. It has been there and cared for by Jackson's fans since his death. The next photo of Brennan is outside the palace-it's said you get good luck if you touch the lion's paw. Several other buildings were unique-the bottom left shows the inside of a mall that was completely redesigned after the building was bombed during the war. They changed the insides of many buildings but left the historic facades on the street. The other two buildings were in a large plaza that was built as a parade grounds near the English Garden.
The English Garden was a beautiful unexpected surprise in the middle of the city. It was so manicured and we had a perfect day for walking around!
We walked through the garden and made it to Surf Munich! This man made river comes out of the ground and goes through the steps, which creates the waves. As you can see from the picture, it's a popular activity! Considering how far away Munich is from the ocean, it's pretty amazing there is a surfing culture there.
Once we finished watching the surfers, we walked through the park to a biergarten. I had never been to one before, but I know this won't be my last! All the food reminded me of Ohio comfort food-meat, potatoes, cheesy noodles, and bread. You go through a line, similar to a cafeteria, at each individual stand that has one part of the meal. You get meat at one, potatoes at another, breads at a different stand. We decided to share our food, so we could save room for dessert! We tried apple cake with vanilla cream and sauce and it was INCREDIBLE. All this with sitting outside on a warm fall day with sunshine was a great way to spend the day.
We're Brennan & Megan
Since June 2022, we have been traveling to learn more about ourselves and the world around us.