Last week both Ben and I were under the weather, well mostly me. (Ridge roomies- remember that time I had bronchitis? We had a bad repeat…) We thought about canceling our trip to Munich but boy am I glad we didn’t. We had the most perfect weather all weekend and all the trees were showing off their colors. To top it off, our place we were staying was right beside the English Gardens. Perfection.
As soon as we arrived we had an hour or two to kill before checking in so we found a little cafe tucked away right beside the English Gardens.
Fall is in its prime in Munich. Huge colorful leaves were everywhere and the colored houses with vines and leaves were all so picturesque.
After settling in we headed back to the city center and up the 300 steps of the St. Peter Church to see a panorama view of the city.
Back down the steps and we headed to a nice grassy spot to sit and enjoy the sunshine and figure out our whereabouts and plans for the evening.
It was on Ben’s list to make it to Hofbrauhaus, so that we did! We ended up with some great seats beside a few “regulars.” (I’d say 62 years definitely makes you as a regular.)
I mean this fellow is quite the fellow. He and all his pals were a fun group to sit beside.
This place is the land of pretzels! We consumed at least one every meal and I wouldn’t mind one bit if this was a regular thing. Well, it kind of has become a regular thing. So far I’ve made homemade pumpkin pretzels and whole wheat pretzels and Ben and I can’t get enough!
We decided to stick with the whole very German themed meals and for dinner headed to Augustiner am Dom where we split roasted ox, pancake soup, salad, and naturally, a pretzel. How German of us, I know.
Waking up the next morning to these leaves on our little terrace was a treat. We got ready and headed to a little local bakery and ordered French Bagels that had all things delicious in it such as brie, cream cheese, marmalade, and things of the sort. We took our coffee and bagels to go and found our selves the perfect breakfast eating bench in the English Gardens. Some benches are simply made for these types of things I tell you.
The park was beyond beautiful with all the leaves, people, dogs, and surfers (yes, surfers). It’s the type of park that you feel like you are walking through a movie. You know with the whole birds chirping, children playing, and best friend dog and owner duos are frolicking all around type of thing. We spent the entire morning strolling through. A grand Sunday morning indeed with this husband of mine.
On to the surfers. There is this part of the river that comes out of the tunnel in just the right way to make a wave fitting of any surfer’s dream. These folks know what they are doing. Talk about impressive. They magically hop right on their board and go back and forth, spin, and jump and then just fall back and are rushed down the river.
So then I gave it a try!
Just kidding, not me. Definitely not me. There is no way I would last one second. Also a side note, props to the guy who first thought this would be a good idea. Honestly, who thinks of these things?! After watching the surfers for awhile we wandered and made our way back to the city center stopping at different pretty sites and a nice looking seesaw.
We then headed to Augustiner-Keller, a beer garden that apparently has been around since 1812. The outside area was lovely with all the trees, leaves and tables.
Before calling it a night we wanted to head back over to the English Gardens to see more of what we missed earlier. We found this very unique group playing all sorts of instruments to the beat of their own drum. So strange, so entertaining.
I have no idea what this is, but we walked up to it to watch the sunset over the Munich skyline. It was a great life choice. Oh, I really do love this season.
These weekend trips are some of my favorites and I can assure you Ben and I have got a bad case of the travel bug. The weather (sun and no rain!) and weekend could not have been more of a treat for us. A little video will come your way soon!