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Today is the day the first pilgrims arrive. While our first excursion is usually to the Hofbrauhaus, the suggested plan is to wait until Friday when Henk, Gemma, Candy and Debbie arrive. So, with that said, the proposal for Thursday is to fairly quickly head on over to the Wiesn. We will have a smaller crowd (Keith, John, Dave, Joyce, Jack, Speedy_Civic, Jane, Jim and Sam) and commandeering a table in the early afternoon should be straight forward. So, the theme for Thursday is bier, music, and lots of it. Should we need food, we can consume solid nourishment at a tent. This plan has many advantages.....
It gets us drinking quickly.
It allows us to drink for an extended time.
Food is available for the faint of heart.
A great jet lag cure.
No one will know if you crash early. Blame it on drinking.
An early morning trek to Englischer Gardens is recommended. The benefit of this trip is the "Buy One Get One Free" special at Seehaus. Once the next contingent arrives, we can head on over to the Hofbrauhaus for our traditional welcoming celebration. While this is typically intended to be a quick few biers before heading the Wiesn, it rarely works that way. We tend to spend a significant amount of time reviewing the plans for the weekend, welcoming new guests, hugging and kissing the Frauleins, and general all around good fun. After drinks (and/or food) at the Hofbrauhaus, options exist....
Head on over to the Wiesn. We do have new arrivals, and one of them has never been to the 'fest before.
Head to the hotel and crash. This is only an option if it is late and you can no longer stand on your own.
Explore a new establishment from "The Book according to Larry". Depending on the time, Paulaner Brauhaus might be appropriate.
This wonderful day should be dedicated to exploring new venues. Both within the immediate area, and via train if necessary. A good starting point would once again be "The Book according to Larry"; hereafter referred to as "TBA2L". Some possible suggestions include.....
Braustuberl Tegernsee. About a one hour train ride, a 5-Beer Mug rating, and a member of the "Buy One Get One Free" club, this place comes highly recommended by Larry. Please read about Braustuberl Tegernsee on Page 183 of TBA2L.
Zieglerkeller Braustuberl Dachau. A great place that we have frequented in the past. Depending on timing and other consideration, this could be a late morning early afternoon excursion followed by the visit to Tegernsee.
- Augustiner Keller. Always a nice place to end the evening, sitting under the trees and looking for Scots pulling up their kilts.
It's Sunday, and what more can we say than Kloster Andechs.
The last day of Oktoberfest, and Richard and Agnes depart for home. I believe that an early start at the Wiesn is in order, though, to morn the ending of this year's event. Maybe a couple of us diehards can get there at opening time, slam a few, and save a table for everyone else who would love to have lunch there. Maybe an evening trek to "Wali World" would be appropriate. "Wali World" is actually also know as "Wa-Wi", but correctly named Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe.
Jim and Sam are abandoning us this day to travel to Wurzburg to pursue some Dell family history. Wurzburg has also been suggested as a day trip for sampling some German wine.
Up early, and off to the Flughafen for most of us.
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