This is a blog about our holiday to Europe in 2014. We started off our travels in Venice, where we began a cruise of the Adriatic and Aegean seas, ending in Rome. We then travelled from Rome to the Netherlands by rail, stopping in various places along the way. We are: Me - Gill, my husband - Grant, my daughter - Paula; my father - Neil and his partner - Astrid. We are South Africans, from the lovely province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our friends Lisa and Trevor joined us from the UK for the cruise portion of our holiday.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Munich, Germany

5 July 2014

We caught a train to Munich, arriving around about lunch time.  Having caught a taxi to our hotel,  the Hotel Torbrau, we settled in and then set off on the short walk to the Hofbrau Haus.

Being a Saturday, the Hofbrau Haus was really crowded and busy.  To be honest, I think they could do a much better job of organising how they serve their tables.  We found a table in the outside courtyard and sat and watched countless wait-staff walking past, ignoring us and a few of the other tables who were desperately trying to get their attention.  Some of the staff were quite blunt.  Paula eventually got the hell-in and she left to walk across to the Hard Rock cafe, where she had lunch on her own.  We eventually managed to place an order and after buying a pretzel to satisfy the hunger pangs, from a lady who was walking around with a large tray of them, we were served a traditional German lunch of sausages and sauerkraut.  And beer of course!  The food was good, but I wont be rushing back to the Hofbrau Haus.  Last time we went, a few years ago, was on a week-day and that was marginally better, but I can't help feeling that they have the attitude that they are doing you a huge favour by serving you!

Grant and I collected Paula from the Hard Rock cafe and then the three of us went and found a geocache in a cute little court-yard, before wandering to Marienplatz.  There was a trade fair happening there, so we wandered around that.  We also walked briefly into the Ratskeller, we perused the outside area and decided we would perhaps stop there instead of the Horbrau Haus if we were ever in Munich again.  

We strolled around a couple of department stores, before finding ourselves in H&M, where they were having a sale.  We bought a lot of stuff for Isabella, much to our delight.  Having satisfied our inner shopaholics, we emerged in time to watch the glockenspiel doing its thing on the hour.  Cute!

We slowly made our way back to our hotel, taking our time and enjoying the sights and the vibe.

Once back at our hotel, we took a walk to the river - nothing much to see.  Our hotel is lovely.  It first opened its doors as an inn in 1490 and then a brewery was opened on the premises too.  There was a cute display window showing what it probably looked like in 1490.

We had dinner at a lovely little restaurant near to our hotel before heading for bed.

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