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Trip report- Germany September 2017 AKA Bill and Jude's Excellent Adventure Munich Part 1

Where to begin... First off I should tell all of you that this was our first vacation in 20 years. Almost to the day. A lot has changed since I was last on a plane! Anyway... this was to have been a 25th anniversary trip but we didn't quite make it until year #28. But it was definitely worth the wait. We both absolutely loved it and had a total blast! We flew open jaw into Munich and out of Frankfurt. This forum was a wealth of information and I thank all who replied to my (many) beginner's questions.

I'll start with Munich: We flew from Toronto on Aer Lingus. Connected thru Dublin, of course, then on to Munich. Although uneventful, I hated the flight. I'm very long and tall and those coach seats were murder. I was never so happy to deplane in all my life. Lol. I loved being there, I just hated getting there. We packed light and just had carry ons, both well under the weight limit.

Once we were free in the airport, we found something more substantial than vending machine crap to eat. The meal on the plane was good, but awfully small. I ended up with pumpkin lasagne and a salad and my husband had pork something with sweet potatoes. Delicious! Then we bought S-Bahn tickets from the airport to Marienplatz, and hopped on board. 45 minutes later we were standing gaping at the New Town Hall, and I think I said, Pinch me. We're here! We were staying at the Pension Lindner which was maybe a 5 minute walk but of course we had to look at every single thing so maybe we stretched it to 20 minutes. The pension was exactly as described on their website, and was all we needed. We checked in, dumped our bags, and hit the streets. We headed straight back to the S-Bahn... we didn't want to do anything too heavy, since we had already been up for well over 30 hours straight, with no end in sight. We're bikers, so the most logical thing for us was to hit the Harley dealership. I had mapped it out before we left, so it was easy to find. Maybe a 10 minute train ride and a 1 km walk. Once there, it was like Old Home Week... We checked out everything and had some interesting conversations w/ the staff there. Of course we had to buy the overpriced T-shirts, buttons, patches, etc. Once back into the center of town, we just wandered and walked and checked out EVERYTHING. We stopped at a deli (Called Vinzenzmurr?) nearby our pension and had sausages and schnitzel (YUM) and kept on walking. We ended up in the Asam Church and our jaws just dropped. Talk about over the top. It was dark and moody and almost windowless and like nothing we had ever seen before. We definitely were not in Kansas anymore! We spent a good amount of time in there, taking as many pictures as we could. I absolutely LOVED it. By that time, we had been up for 36 hours straight so we headed back to the pension for some much needed sleep. We were close to the Hackerhaus restaurant/beer garden, so there was a lot of loud and drunk carrying on in the streets outside of our room. But who cared.. we were in MUNICH!!!

Continued below...

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Thanks, Judy. Your report is worth the wait!

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Thanks for posting. Brought back wonderful memories of my first (similar) trip to Munich.

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Great start! I don't know if AerLingus has something like Economy Plus or Economy Comfort seats but take a look for next time. I'm not tall but I do better in the Delta seats that have a little more wiggle room. It's an extra cost but I'm willing to pay it for the International leg so I don't feel quite so pretzel-like when I arrive at my destination.

Thanks for posting! I'm off to read the rest of your journey!

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Glad you're doing a trip report Judy! I really enjoyed the first installment:). I think a first trip to Europe is very special and won't be forgotten! Don't be surprised if 9 months from now you are trying hard to figure out how you can afford to get back there:)

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Pam I'm sure they had comfort seats but I was too cheap to pay for them. Next time. Lol.

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Jill.... yes. Wondering how to finagle another trip for sure. Lol

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Hey, Judy. Great start to the report. My first stop when I arrived in Munich was the New Town Hall, too. It was pretty amazing to see. I stayed at Pension am Jakobsplatz, in the same building as Pension Lindner. That's a really nice location -- it's very easy to walk to so many places.

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Oh yes, that is definitely part of the learning curve - where it's essential to spend money and where you can cut back!

My first trip to Europe in 30 years resulted in the airline changing the type of plane we flew on going over, me not knowing to check the reservations to see if there were changes thus losing our Economy Comfort seats. It was a 2X4X2 seat conformation and I was in the middle of the 4 seats next to an extremely pleasant university student who was about 6'8". He could hardly eat because his knees were nearly to his eyebrows. At least he was young and bendy! That convinced me always to spring for the Comfort seats and to check reservations every couple of weeks to make sure there are no changes.

PS Agree that you will want another trip - it's really an obsession that others will NOT understand!

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We flew Aer Lingus SF to Amsterdam. Good price but the seats and services (water etc) were less than Delta, British Air, United etc. Worth saving $50-100? It was

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Some of our, my husband and I, favorite memories are going into Harley Dealerships. Our favorite story comes from the one in Paris! We aren't bikers, but my big brother is and my husband has a good friend that is too. Wish we had gone to the Munich dealership while in Munich this past October. Thanks for the report. I always enjoy reading them, it helps with passing the time until our next adventure. Our very first "true" vacation was a Rick Steves' Tour way back in 2005. It was also our very first trip to Europe, and I still remember how much fun we had. So glad you enjoyed your vacation and hoping you won't wait another 20 years before another.