This is the first in a series of posts on our trip to Germany and Austria in October 2014. I hope you enjoy!
Arriving in Munich
I love to look out of the plane window as we begin our decent. To see the surrounding areas and the city as the plane comes down is still thrilling to me. Unknown to me Munich was fogged in and I thought we were still up in the clouds when boom just like that we touched down. So much for getting a view from the sky!
We left Florida at 1pm on Monday with the time difference it's now 9am on Tuesday and I didn't sleep at all on the plane. I'm pretty much exhausted and wondering how in the world I'm going to make it though the day.
No time to rest! We had to make the long trek from the international terminal to meet our friends and traveling companions, Nancy and Charlie, in the domestic terminal. By the grace of God we found them but that's a story for another post.
After hugs and hellos John and I made our way to the rental car counter while Nancy and Charlie found a place to buy a SIM card. We now had a car and a phone and we were set to go.
While we were waiting for our friends to get back from the cell phone store John struck up a conversation with a man sitting near us. I don't know what all they talked about but I'm always amazed that no matter where we go, even thousands of miles from home, my husband can find someone to talk to. And it's so easy and comfortable. I envy that.
But I digress...after finding our car we hit the road.
Andechs Monastery and Our First Biergarten
Our first stop was just south of Munich at the Andechs Monastery and Biergarten. Yes, a church and a beer garden! This was recommended in Rick Steves' Germany guidebook. The timing was perfect since we arrived hungry and they were serving up lunch.
A small cafeteria provided simple but hearty food. Pork knuckles, pork belly and pork roast fried up to crispy perfection. Bless my heart it was delicious.
Lunch for two cost us 12 euro which we thought was pretty good. No beer for us. I was tired and John was driving and since we still had a long day in front of us we thought it best to refrain...That's just wrong. A biergarten and we didn't drink beer. We'll make up for it by the end of the trip!
I opted for the fried pork roast with potato salad and a big pretzel. We picked up our food in the cafeteria and took it to the lovely, sunny terrace to enjoy. You can bring your own food if you want and use the terrace but I think they like you to buy a beer or two.
|The terrace looks out on lovely rolling hills.|
After lunch we enjoyed a stroll up to the church and views of the surrounding countryside.
You'll see these churches with the onion dome all over Bavaria.
Perfect way to start our travels through Germany and Austria.
Lace up your walking shoes take a trip!