I’ll cover more details of my travels later, but since everyone thinks I was crazy for doing it, I though I would add a blog post about what I did the other weekend. In Europe.
Yes, it’s been pointed out to me a few times that going all that way for a long weekend is a bit ridiculous; however, I knew it would be later in the year and I wouldn’t have that much vacation time left, so I took a 4 day weekend and ran with it.
Dinner in the UK
Since I was flying on British Airways, I connected through London. You can have up to 24 hours between flights before they officially become layovers, so I took the opportunity to head into town and visit with some friends in Putney (suburb just south of the river). Although my trip there was a bit of a disaster (traffic was a nightmare thanks to a broken down bus in the middle of the road) I eventually made it just around dinner time. We went off to a neighborhood pub for a few drinks and some hummus for me. One of the things I love about pubs in Europe is that most of them allow dogs! We met a very friendly Newfie mix while we were there and had a great visit.
A Day in Munich
After a fairly restful sleep it was off to the airport for a quick hop down to Munich. I arrived a little after noon and hopped on the train to the city. After checking in, I spent the rest of the day exploring, hitting up a few restaurants (Max Pett and Tushita Teehaus) and walking around the city. There was so much to see that without even spending a lot of time at each location, I still only saw half of what I wanted to. I used a Rick Steves audio guide to help me out through the city. It was my first time using one, and while I stumbled a little bit, it was quite interesting. You can also tailor it, skipping sites that aren’t high on you list. I usually take a free walking tour of a new city, but unfortunately I didn’t really have the time this trip. The audio guide was an excellent alternative. You can download the app on your smartphone for free 🙂
Daytrip to Salzburg
While anyone would think that a weekend in Munich is not a lot of time, I decided to squeeze even more in and take a daytrip to Salzburg. When I was looking on the map I was reminded that it’s only about an hour and a half by train to the neighbouring Austrian city, and it would add another country to my list (of course now I want to go back, so I’m not sure how helpful that was.) I love train travel, so I splurged and got a first class ticket there and back. Arriving in the city just after 9 am I did a quick auido guide of the old city (again a Rick Steves guide) and then warmed up in a Starbucks for a while. The old city is neat, but they were getting ready for the Christmas markets so a lot of the statues/fountains were covered up… although they also may have been covered to protect them from the coming snow. After that I set off on my “Sound of Music” expedition, visiting most of the filming sites that were withing walking distance. I also took a tour of the rock riding school (Felsenreitschule) where they filmed the final concert of the movie. They do daily tours at 14:00 and you can only buy tickets right before at 13:45. It was a great tour, exploring all three of the theaters that the Salzburg Festival uses. After a few last sites I stopped in at The Heart of Joy Cafe for a warm beverage and some apple cake. Delicious end to my day in Salzburg.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time to do anything significant the morning before I had to start my long journey home, but it was a great, if short, trip. I’d love to spend longer in Munich and Salzburg and hope to go back some day.