We’re a little behind on the Blog because there was no internet access in Munchen and its been limited ever since. At best the access is in the lobby, which is less than ideal.
As we left Salzburg for Munchen the morning air was clear after a night of constant thunder and lightning and some very heavy, sustained downpours. The little trickle of water running down the creek by our room was still a sustained flow by the morning. The drive to Munchen appeared to be a popular one as everyone was on the road and there were numerous slow downs. As of July 1st, 2008, drivers in EU countries are required to put on a safety vest in either a bright orange or lime green when they get out of their vehicle. If you are going to be stopped for any period of time, like to change a flat, you also have to place a warning triangle 50 m. behind your vehicle. So we saw a few of these in use. We even picked up a few of them for our vehicles back home considering the cost was only 2.30 Euro each ($4).
During our drive to Munchen evidence of the language challenges we faced on a daily basis came to light once again and the kids asked to have this entered into the blog. On our last evening in Salzburg Deana wanted to get a nice cold bottle of wine to enjoy in the room. Every little store was closed up for the evening and it appeared that a gas station would be our only opportunity. So while Jeff fueled up the vehicle, Deana went inside to locate a nice bottle of white. Having found a bottle and “Ein bier” for Jeff we headed back to our hotel room. Once there, Deana quickly opened the bottle and announced her disappointment that she had selected a bottle of Sparkling wine thanks to the language barrier. The chances of Deana ordering a sparkling wine are about as good as ordering a Guiness for herself. On our drive to Munchen we stopped for a cold drink at a rest stop and Deana selected what she thought was similar to a Sprite. Once again on the Autobahn and Deana discovers that the 6.0 % does not refer to the quantity of drink but describes the alcohol content of the wine spritzer. So it made for some comic relief as Deana sipped on a wine as we travelled down the highway.
As approached Munchen we decided we were too early to check-in to our hotel so we drove to Dachau to see the WW II Concentration Camp. The presentation at this camp is much better for non-German speaking people. Although Mauthausen had some excellent exhibits, most of them were only in German and it was difficult to appreciate the information being presented. At Dachau practically all of the exhibits have been translated into English. Dachau is also a much larger camp and it’s sheer size has considerable impact, including the 4 crematoriums that were constructed, but never used. Dachau has several sections dedicated to the events occurring in Germany that led up to the Nazi’s rise to power under Adolf Hitler and help you
understand how he gained such total control of the nation. Let us never forget . . . . . .
Once we arrived in Munchen we set out for the Augustiner-Keller beer garden within walking distance of our hotel for dinner. We had a great time! We ordered our 1 litre mugs of Beer and Radlers and some typical beer garden food, such as schnitzel and pork knuckle. It was a beautiful evening, just the right temperature. The story has it that originally the beer was stored under ground to keep it cool and trees were planted to provide shade above the ground and therefore keep the ground cooler. These treed areas then became cool places for people to gather in the summer heat and then outdoor beer gardens were born. On this evening there were lots of families in attendance and there was a playground for the kids to play. A real family place. Both Jessica and Andrew enjoyed their Radler.