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Live from the Wiesn...
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
This year we will be the first in Munich. Our arrival now is scheduled Thursday afternoon. How about Breakfast at ViktualienMarkt Friday Morning 9.30 a.m.
Cheers and have fun in Paris. B&S
Munchen Road safety experts are drawing up special road signs warning drivers of drunks in Hirtenstrasse and surroundings a landmark legal ruling ahead of Europe's biggest beer festival.
They expect erratic behaviour from pie-eyed pedestrians walking to the Alfa Hotel during this weekend long booze-up.
"They are not like ordinary pedestrians. They are almost uniformly drunk and liable to behave very strangely and dangerously. Motorists need to beware," said one traffic expert
I just had a client ask for consulting time this Friday. When I explained where I will be he went into a good-natured fit of jealousy - he was there last year and had the best time of his life. He highly recommends a visit to Andechs.
I will follow the, "leaders," in our troup - just offering this for consideration.
Second - what attire are y'all packing? Particularly Barlyman and Paulener Girl as your blood is thinned, like mine, by warner climes - flannel shirts and jeans or T-shirts and shorts?
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Oberbürgermeister Christian Ude hat das Oktoberfest 2009 eröffnet. Zum Anzapfen des ersten Fasses benötigte er zwei Schläge.
Let the revelry begin.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Have a great time in Paris. I am envious that you leave first and arrive in Munchen first. Please have a bier waiting for us at Hotel Alfa; don't want to go to The Wiesn on an empty stomach.
Safe travels, and see you in 7 days !
Sent from My BlackBerry (excuzz any spelling missteaks)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Museum of Bags and Purses
Tel. +31 20 524-64-52
Fax. +31 20 524-64-53
The Museum of Bags and Purses contains more than 3,500 bags and accessories that illustrate the history of women's purses in Western culture.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I wish mine was as cute as the one in the picture, but I'm fairly happy with it. Unfortunately it's longer than I planned. Barbus you will be disappointed for sure. You will all just have to wait in breathless anticipation however.
Therefore, as the Oberblogmeister Fuhrer of this year’s event, I proclaim, and support my proclamation as follows:
… Whereas the Oktoberfestians bi-annually trek to the land of the Golden Nectar;
… Whereas the 2009 excursion includes a single virgin;
… Whereas good friendship and camaraderie will be supported by the likes of “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, and “Who the Fuck is Alice”;
… Whereas continued discussion of this ruling will last in perpetuity;
… Whereas some Oktoberfestians believe it is more important to share the wealth;
… Whereas most Oktoberfestians believe intrusion by any Oberblogmeister Fuhrer is not only against blog rules, but infringes upon blogger and Oktoberfestian rights;
… Whereas Herr BarleyMan und Frau Paulaner Girl are the first of this year’s Oktoberfestians to arrive in the Promised Land;
I therefore proclaim, and am supported by hundreds of years of precedent that:
……….. The previous lack of postings by Holmes (the Oktoberfestian formally known as RodG) are forgiven and the rounds of bier attributed to him are no longer required;
……….. All Oktoberfestians (the Oberblogmeister Fuhrer excluded), are required to share the wealth and buy a round of bier during the first day of revelry;
……….. All Oktoberfestians will enjoy themselves, and not think or speak ill thoughts of their fellow Oktoberfestian (legitimate discourse criticizing BarleyMan’s political leanings exempted);
As the Oberblogmeister Fuhrer I yearn for the confluence of our unique, but purpose driven sojourn. And I bless upon you a true felt Yavohl, Gemütlichkeit, and Prosit. With one final thought I say beware of the Iwicki Stairs, and the 30 second rule does not apply to Tuna Fish pizza.
See everyone in 8 days ! ! ! !
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
German/Bavarian style pork knuckles. Pork knuckles are
also known as foreshanks,pork hocks or ham shanks. Water may be used
in place of beer.[Note: huh? this cook does not understand at all!] Prep Time: approx. 30 Minutes. Cook Time: approx. 3 Hours 30 Minutes. Ready in: approx. 4 Hours
. Makes 2 servings.
1 carrot, diced
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 leek, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
2 meaty pork knuckles
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
salt to taste
1/4 cup beer
1 pinch ground cumin, or to taste
1 Place the carrot, onion, leek, celery, and pork
knuckles into a large stockpot. Throw in the peppercorns, and
season with salt to taste. Add enough water to the pot to
cover the vegetables. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 2
to 3 hours, or until everything is tender. Remove the
knuckles from the water, and drain. Reserve vegetables and
2 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F ( 220 degrees C).
Melt the shortening in an enamel coated cast iron baking
dish or pan. Place the drained pork knuckles, cooked
vegetables, and about 2 cups of the cooking liquid into the pan.
3 Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. During the
last 10 minutes, sprinkle with beer in which a good amount
of salt has been dissolved. Dust lightly with cumin to
increase flavor. Serve with potato or white bread dumplings, or
sauerkraut salad. In Bavaria, the cooking liquid and juices are
strained, and served as an accompanying sauce.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Oktoberfest beer cheaper for many tourists despite price hike.
Published: 14 Sep 09 17:01 CETOnline: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20090914-21923.html
The cost of a Maß on the Wiesn will be a staggering:
- 50 percent cheaper than at home for the Norwegians
- 36 percent cheaper for the French
- 25 percent cheaper for the Swiss.
The majority of the Oktoberfest’s visitors come from the United States and Japan, and this year organisers need not worry about inflated prices driving their biggest group of customers away.
A litre of beer is still 40 percent cheaper than in Japan, while Americans will pay just 5 percent more than they would back home.
But not all beer lovers will be so lucky. “Some visitors will be surprised at the cost of beer this year,” Mira Pathak from ECA International said in the study. “Due to fluctuating exchange rates, costs for many foreign visitors will be different – in some cases significantly so – than last year.
”A litre will cost South Africans a whopping three-times as much as their local brews, the study said.
Australians and New Zealanders will also be paying considerably more for their beer than they are accustomed to Down Under, with the average price being 40 percent more expensive.
And while Italians will pay 13 percent less for their beer than they would at home this year, the figure is low compared to last year’s prices, which were 30 percent cheaper.
"Something" is a single released by The Beatles in 1969, and featured on the album Abbey Road. It was the first song written by George Harrison to appear on the A-side of a Beatles single. It was one of the first Beatles singles to contain tracks already available on a long playing (LP) album, with both "Something" and "Come Together" having appeared on Abbey Road. "Something" was the only Harrison composition to top the American charts while he was in The Beatles.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney—the two principal songwriting members of the band—both praised "Something" as among the best songs Harrison had written. As well as critical acclaim, the single achieved commercial success, topping the Billboard charts in the United States, and entering the top 10 in the United Kingdom. The song's success continued after the breakup of The Beatles, when it was covered by over 150 artists including Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, James Brown, Julio Iglesias, Smokey Robinson and Joe Cocker becoming the second-most covered Beatles song after "Yesterday".
The protagonists in the discussion were practical people, but were focused on the wrong evidence to support their argument. Comparing one currency against another is useful only if one of the currencies can be considered stable. In the case(s) of the Euro and the dollar, neither can be considered stable currencies for the purpose of evaluation of public policy during the period in question.
Both currencies are being heavily managed by their respective states. The ECB and the Fed (and Treasury) are both busy trying to manage their economies through artificial injection of capital, interest rates and other monetary policy tools. As such, neither can be evaluated simply by comparing one to another. Neither can we evaluate the effectiveness of the policies, one against the other, without also considering the differences in policy making.
In one case, the EU and the ECB, policy has been relatively stable, with adjustments mainly in interest rates and not much in terms of new debt and additional money supply. Further, the business public (private sector and investors) was kept fairly well informed of the discussions and future of their currency. In the other case, the U.S., the Fed had been increasing the money supply (measured by M1 and M2) "on the sly" for over 15 years. The Fed even decided it was no longer important to track and publish M2 (which contains, among other things, the business to business money markets - so-called commercial notes). During this period, the US money supplied more than tripled, while the actual growth of the economy was roughly around 4% annual or an aggregate growth of around 45%). Does anyone see a problem here?
Anyway, because of the differences in the supply of money, the comparison to dollars to Euros is difficult. It becomes much more difficult when the velocity of money changes, as it did late last year and worsened significantly this year. Now, we, the US, have not only a greatly expanding supply of money - printing it as fast as we can spend it - but also a slowing turnover of those dollars as the economy slows.
In such times it is useful to compare the value of a currency against a standard of some sort. Unfortunately, comparing against the Euro is not useful, except in very specific transactions (e.g. the price of a mass in Germany).
We are no longer adhering to a gold standard. There is a "basket of currencies" approach that the IMF administers, but it is not very useful either, as the two heaviest weighted currencies in the basket are the dollar and the Euro.
The way to evaluate any currency at the end of the day is with what the currency can buy. Every country has an interest in maintaining prices of common goods to affordable levels, and free markets will adjust prices including valuing or devaluing their own currency such that particular common goods are priced according to some common standard of value.
Believe it or not, economists have determined a common good (product) that is universal enough (can be found in almost all countries) and popular enough (enough transactions occur each day by enough diverse people) to be a meaningful measure. This good has been tracked now for over forty years in over one hundred different countries, so economists have historical data.
The currency index is here.
According to this index, the Euro is currently overvalued, relative to the dollar, by 35%. This is a level not seen since the introduction of the Euro. It indicates a lack of confidence in the dollar. One can reasonably make the case that the dollar needs to be reduced in terms of global confidence and its use as a global currency - not on the weakness of US policies but on the relative increase in strength of other global economies.
I am unable to attribute the weakness of the dollar specifically to our profligate ways, our increasing debt burden, our anti-business policies, or the current and pending actions of the Fed and Congress. I could also attribute some of the weakness to a long overdue adjustment based on the growth of other economies relative to the US economy. All I can reasonably conclude is that our policies aren't helping, and that our currency will reach a new equilibrium when there is some stability in what it is being measured against (besides burgers).
For now, we have seen that the price of a mass has been adjusted such that to us, the price of beer is approximately the same as in prior years - isn't the free market (where it survives) a wonderful thing?
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I wonder what I can arrange as the big next thing for Nothing.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
"Munich can honestly boast about its English Garden, for it’s the largest in the world. But that’s not the juicy part. The juicy part is that one of the unique qualities was that one could bare it all in the garden while drinking a pint of beer. This…practice, for lack of a better word, is fading as some have deemed a certain lack of attractive nudes recently. However, if you hurry, you can still view bare flesh throwing back a warm one in the gardens–for now."
What? A "warm one?" I like my bier C-O-L-D. I know that Europeons (sic) are more into cool, but surely we will not be forced to drink it warm?
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
For those of you who have not played this game before... post your most recent beer (hopefully in your hand right now) and let us know what you think!
Beer: 2009 Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale
This is a great beer they only make once a year. This year's version is like their ever popular Pale Ale, but it's darker, and has a spicier flavor. Superb with a nice sausage... or... Grilled Pork Chops, which we are having for dinner. Yumm!
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Shouldn't our economic ober fuhrer be more concerned with my economic well being instead of adding more debt to the nation and "fixing" our unfair healthcare system? (oops, sorry dubyah, someone had to blame somthing on you).
According to various reports... "The dollar fell to a low for the year Tuesday". That means that at $1.45 to the Euro, ein Maß at 8.60 Euro, our Golden Nectar now requires $12.47. As Barbus so frequently says, and I paraphrase, "so what".
All I have to say is, "Hey, Barack, you had the cop over for a beer, why not shoot me a billion or two just to get me through the Augustiner Tent?"
It then mixes itself as it runs down and into a large glass... ready for....
Me! Great place... Don't sit too close to the glass, it tends to sprinkle on those around it. ;-)
Monday, September 07, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
Hmmm. Maybe some pork products, beer. Maybe some grilled vegetables, some shrimp. A crisp white wine.
OK. Got something.
AND - came across this:
Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. Coli) - bacteria found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop. However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whisky or other liquor), because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting. Remember: Water = Poop, Wine = Health .
Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of shit .
Untreated DVTs will progress on to PE (pulmonary emboli) 50% of the time. Mine went undiagnosed for about 3 weeks, so I was pretty lucky. Every year, PE kills more Americans than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Risks for a thrombotic event that some or all of us share include age greater than 40, obesity, smoking, and long-distance travel, along with multiple more specific risks, such as mine. A 4 hour flight increases the risk of a thrombotic event by 50%. According to my hematologist, dehydration and cabin pressure changes, along with confined seating are some of the contributing factors to the increased risk of travel. Alcohol intake on a flight contributes to dehydration.
So, probably the most important thing that I will be bringing (and wearing on the flight) are my support stockings. I decided not to post a picture of them, they're definitely not sexy!
So here are recommended exercises for flying:
Slowly rotate the feet at the ankle in circles both clockwise and counter clockwise.
Seated Calf Raises
Start with the feet flat on the floor. Slowly raise the heels off the ground bringing the feet up on the toes. Lower the heels and press them into the floor and try to raise the toes off the ground.
Lift the knees up towards the chest. This can be performed with both knees together or one at a time.
Raise the arms above the head and elongate the finger tips towards the ceiling, stretching the upper body.
Slowly drop the head to one side, almost to touch the shoulder. Circle the head to the front, chin to chest, and over to the other side.
Travelers can incorporate additional practices during long flights for comfort and safety. Avoid tight fitting clothing when traveling. Garments should be loose and comfortable while seated. Also, increase leg room by removing items from under the seat in front. If there is no room in the overhead bin, pull the bag out and allow it to sit under the knees so that the legs can be stretched out. Air travel can be very dehydrating to the body. It is beneficial to regularly consume water and fruit juices throughout the duration of the flight.
My dear spouse says that if I die of a PE on this trip, he will have me cremated and put my ashes in a stein, so that I can sit on the table with you all. He's so considerate that way!
Next week I promise to post something a little more light hearted. Maybe a picture of my shoes!
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Mostly companies hand out beer tokens ("Biermarken" in German) to their guests, which can then be exchanged for beer in the respective tents. If you want to buy beer tokens, please contact the tent-owners directly.
Who are these companies and where can we find them? We need to darken the skies with our winged monkeys to get these tokens.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Munich (ots) - Whether south, center or north - the Munich Oktoberfest has long been a celebration for all! This is impressive evidence of the Potsdam Topmodel Franziska Knuppe. As a professing Aurora makes a great figure in the "dirndl magic", the Oktoberfest-lingerie-2009 Collection of triumph.
The seductive push-up bras Balconette cut in the form to not only the heart of Franziska Knuppe beat faster. Combined with a sexy string, or an equally alluring and almost cut hipster outfit for the Oktoberfest includes already complete - and SCHOULDERS a real eye-catcher.
The seductive lingerie sets are covered with extremely fine floral patterns and delicate embroidery. Small accessories, such as an edelweiss pendant confer the "triumph dirndl magic" that certain Wiesn-Extra. The sets are available in white and magnolia.
The "Triumph dirndl magic" - a treat for every eyer!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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Last week, I caught my husband having it off with our babysitter in our Porsche (actually, MY Porsche as I bloody paid for it) so I'm selling his beloved car for £200! See how the prick likes that!I’d been to my mum’s but came back early ‘cos I had a bit of a fallout with her. The children were in bed. My husband wasn’t. I thought he was in the study. I went down to the kitchen and heard something in the garage. I thought it was a rat. It was a blooming rat alright – my husband with our babysitter. She’s barely 17! I treated her like my own daughter.He told me it didn’t mean anything. Oh so that’s makes it OK, then? It sounds crazy but I would have preferred it if it actually meant something. Why risk 15 years of marriage for anything less?Oh it’s not the first time he’s slept around. Only difference is I was stupid enough to think he’d changed. Every single time, like the hopeful naïve cow that I was, I gave him another chance. Deep down, I knew he wouldn’t change – he’d done it too many times. But I went along with it for the kids, for the sanctity of a marriage, for ‘what will the neighbours think?’, for the weather, for the Burger King deal down the road.Well, no more. NO MORE. I’ve had it. The penny’s finally dropped (and I hope his balls do too...on a bed of rusty nails).I’m done. I’m done trying. I tried. I failed. And I want out. But not without getting some of my own back. Not after everything the idiot’s put me through over the years.As a little bonus to the buyer I’m also putting his prized wine collection in the boot of the Porsche.And for my babysitter, I left a little hot surprise for her and her new sugar daddy. I rubbed pepper sauce over every condom wrapper I could find in the house. That should give them a night to remember.I suggest you act quick as a Porsche going for £2000 isn't going to be here for long
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
What will be the new Wiesnmasskrug was an open secret: For years, is printed on the official drinking vessel, the poster design. And is the firm since February: the motive is a text in Breznform. Even after the poster presentation was much discussion about it. The design comes from the hands of Janine Aigner and Nathalie Fummeli of the Municipal Vocational School for Communication Design in Munich. After all, a new detail on Wiesnkrug it was reported: The version with a tin lid decorated with a mistress of Louis I of the Nymphenburg Beauty Gallery, Lady Jane Ellenborough.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I recently came across research into the quote attributed to Ben Franklin: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Serious Franklin researchers note that there is no evidence, nor even whimiscal indication, that he ever wrote or uttered this phrase.
The only documented note scribed by him to come even close is this: "Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy."
Given that Frankin lived in France for nine years as the U.S. Ambassador to France, it makes sense that he would have had or aquired a taste for the noble grape in lieu of French beer - wouldn't you?
So - whilst the point of Oktoberfest is to celebrate the glory of the brew, it is only fitting, nea - even required - to spend an hour's pause in the tent of the vine.
Carry on, Watson ....
Oktoberfesters Unite! See below for the big (some bigger than others)event in Venice Beach. It's a worldwide movement!
A Topless Day Parade was held to celebrate National Go-Topless Day in Venice Beach. "Free your breast, Free your mind" was chanted as people marched from Navy St. down the Venice boardwalk to Muscle Beach. The demonstrators believe it is a woman's constitutional right to equality, to be topless. Women are free in other countries to make this choice without consequences, attention or humiliation.
Men joined in to show their support by wearing bras or bathing suit tops wanting women to have the same rights that they receive.
The demonstration was held at Venice Beach because during the mid-70's this was once the most popular "Bare it all Beaches" in Los Angeles County. Now Public nudity is illegal at all Los Angeles county beaches.
This peaceful parade and demonstration was supported by local law enforcement and fire department, who looked happy to be on duty! This falls into the "Only in California" category!
All women were totally covered-up by "pasties" that looked identical to the female anatomy they were covering!
They do pose an interesting question... what is your view?
Barleyman, oh Barleyman ................
Looks pretty tame, right? But when this ad was first published, complaints rolled in by the barrel-ful. The look on the girl in the barley’s face was apparently much too suggestive for the liking of the general public, because the Minneapolis Brewing Company received so many letters that they recalled the posters as so not to offend any more potential customers.
This post is because I have nothing to say :) except when it is about business.
Technologies88 has new funding for the Digital Golf Coach and Buro88 is about to roll out mobile services Europe wide for an Ireland and a Florida based Telco.
Retirement has ended :)
Monday, August 24, 2009
A "Mass", one litre of beer, will cost between 8,30 € and 8,60 € this year.
Serving times:Beer will be sold in the tents from 10.00 to 22.30 on weekdays and from 9.00 to 22.30 on saturdays, sundays and holidays.
Where to get which beer:
- Augustiner: Augustiner-Festhalle, Fischer-Vroni
- Paulaner: Armbrustschützenzelt, Winzerer Fähndl, Käfer's Wies'n Schänke
- Spaten-Franziskaner: Hippodrom, Schottenhammel, Ochsenbraterei/Spatenbräu-Festhalle
- Löwenbräu: Schützen-Festzelt, Löwenbräu-Festhalle
- Hacker-Pschorr: Hacker-Festzelt, Bräurosl
- Hofbräu: Hofbräu Festzelt
As with every year, the Oktoberfest has to offer new and even more exciting fun rides than last year:
One of the most spectacular novelties and brand new is “The Tower”. Designed by carnie Charles Blume, “The Tower” is like a big playground with a numerous spectacles inside. Witness the forces of nature as you will see a volcano erupt or travel through space with special 3-D goggles! But also traditional elements like spinning wheels or rocking conveyor-belts are included in “The Tower”. A great treat is also the top of “The Tower”, as you can catch a great view of the Oktoberfest and Munich from 28m up in the air.
Not as high as “The Tower” but a lot of fun to ride up is the “Silberturm”, a 10m high tower, which you don’t climb but ride up on the side. The trip includes experiences ominously named as “Free Fall” or “Jumping Effect”.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Schlumbergerlady, are you going to wear a dirndl? I think you would look adorable.
What do the rest of you beer-swilling, pork -eating, Oktoberfest goers think?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
There are three beers/breweries in Munich for three major groups.
1. Hofbrauhaus: All around beer. Popular with tourists and locals of all ages.
2. Augustiner: The beer for the young, hip crowd. Also the brewery with the highest rated beer garden in Munich.
3. Lowenbrau: The beer for bitter old men as it has a slightly bitter aftertaste.
In this case, although the old brand was not flawed, the new brand is much more fitting. Somehow it fits better, has more interest, and thus is more appealing.
I welcome the Holmes identity.
But you are still two beers down, Bud.
Monday, August 17, 2009
and I quote....
for the table would be EUR 550.- inlcuding the vouchers.
You can pay this on arrival by cash and I hand out to you
the reservation and vouchers.
Lot´s of greetings
Includes vouchers and tokens for food and bier. I don't know how many, but is usually 2-3 biers. The table is for 10 people, so plenty to go around.
Current Proposed Plan:
Friday, September 25th:
07:16 Schedule Arrival of Paris contingent at Hbf
07:50 Scheduled Arrival of Dayton contingent at München Flughafen
09:30 Approximate Arrival at Hotel Alfa
10:30 Approximate Departure from Hotel Alfa for The Wiesn
11:00 Arrival at Wiesn - Paulaner, Lowenbrau or Bräurosl Tent
11:00 Golden Nectar and Lunch
15:00 Depart Wiesn
15:45 Arrive Hofbrauhaus
16:00 The traditional Hofbrauhaus Revelry
22:00 Stumble to Shakespeare's
24:00 Eat Donner and Crash at Hotel Alfa
Saturday, September 26:
14:00 Englischer gardens
Maybe Dinner at "new" Beer garden
Sunday, September 27:
11:00 - 16:30 Augustiner Tent
Monday, September 28:
08:00 Kloster Andechs
15:30pm - 18:30pm Happy Hippo at The Hippodrome
Tuesday, September 29th
06:30 Depart Hotel Alfa
Sunday, August 16, 2009
For those interested, the German DB Rail Pass is a good investment if we travel alot by train... and can be used for S-Bahn (but not U-Bahn?)
A "twin" pass for 4 days is $390 in second class (two people together)
A Single pass for 4 days is $260 in second class
Train fares are:
Day Ticket: 10 Euro, 18 Euro twin
Single fare (all zones - U-Bahn, S-Bahn aka the subway): 9.20 euro (each trip)
Sample D Bahn (train) trip: 10.30 Euro from Munich to Tegernsee
So, barring a big trip, I don't think the DB Twin pass is worth it. However, Paulaner girl and I will probably each get Day Tickets (Tageskarte) for the U/S-Bahn and individual tickets for any rail that we do!
Friday, August 14, 2009
What sayeth the masses?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
As I won't be at my sharpest, and perhaps others won't be either, late in the evening of Day One, maybe we ought to decide at least the beginning of Day Two. So, you know, I can set my alarm clock and all in case an early train is on the agenda.
So, where to, Day Two?
1. Seehaus Biergarten
Located on the northen end of the English Garden (Englischer Garten), this is one of my all time favorite places to relax and watch the swans on the lake.
2. Augustiner Keller
The site of many beer commercials, this biergarten has been one of Munich's most popular spots for years.
There's live music in the summer months, ranging from Jazz to Swing and Blues. A traditional Bavarian biergarten with all its charm.
The former royal hunting house in the English Garden, the buliding dates to 1810. Great place for food.
The Hirschgarten is considered Europe's biggest Biergarten with room for 8,000 people. Even though its size is impressive, the atmosphere is one of typical Bavarian Gemuetlichkeit.
6. Chinesischer Turm
Bulit in 1790, the Chinese Tower in the English Garden is surrounded by a sprawling array of Biergarten tables and benches. This is a great Biergarten to unwind from a day of sightseeing and taste Munich's delights to the sounds of an oompah band.
7. Löwenbräukeller Biergarten
This oasis under chestnut trees has been in existence since 1883. You can eat cheap here since it's selfserve.
Taxisgarten has been offering a wide array of Bavarian delicacies since 1924.
Flaucher is located on the Southern banks of the river Isar and makes for a perfect stop for bicyclists.
10. Kugler Alm
"Alm" is the Bavarian word for a mountain hut and that's exactly the feeling you get from the Kugler Alm.
I still vote for a half day or so spent in Englisher Gartens. We can do some field research for Larry!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Barley Man / Paulaner Girl???
Night train to Munich at 7:16am at the Hbf.
Barbus / Schlumberger Lady???
Will arrive by Limo around 13 hrs.
While I have enjoyed the banter of this year's site, I do miss the in depth and spirited debate about the 'fest itself and our excursion this year. To wit, I propose the following......
All posts after this week MUST be specifically targeted at Oktoberfest and our trip this year. Where to go, how to go, when to go, what to do, when to do it, who to do it with, who not to do it with, proposed schedules, what to eat, how many Donners to eat, when to visit Shakespeare's, train schedules ... you get my drift.
So, let's hear from this year's minions, should we narrow our posting topics?
Saturday, August 08, 2009
The Mrs., and her brother brought it up, I unloaded it, then the Mrs.' Mom comes to survey:
Driving the brother back to the airport called for celebration. Brother, young Ms. and I went to:
Where we could:
Young Ms. tried out:
and met her inevitable doom:
This one is GREAT! Don't miss it.
Friday, August 07, 2009
The Oktoberfest original for your home: The Paulaner glass-mug and beer combo lets you enjoy Oktoberfest-beer just the way you would at the Oktoberfest. The mug is just like the ones you get in the beer tents and the beer-can contains the special Oktoberfest-beer, which you only get during Oktoberfest time.
Also great as a present, as the handy carton reveals the glass mug with the decorative beer-can in it