We've been back from our honeymoon for just over a month now and I'm still basking in the afterglow of happiness I felt while on vacation with my love. When choosing our post-wedding travel destination we flip-flopped back and forth between Bali, Central Europe, and a Mediterranean cruise. In the end we decided on a hybrid affair of the latter two choices. Our logic was that we could lounge by the beach and drink Mai Tais on any run-of-the-mill escape from reality, but this was our honeymoon and we wanted to be as lavish and intrepid as we could possibly manage. Also, we reflected on our awesome road trip through the Canadian Rockies and knew that this kind of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants adventure suited us best.
SO we ended up checking 7 countries off our list in a mere two weeks. Today I'm going to share our first leg of the journey: Munich, Germany!
Oh, it was a blast. We absolutely adored Germany. Unbeknownst to us, we arrived in the country's capital on September 18th - the very first day of Oktoberfest. We are alerted of this fact the moment we arrived at the airport. Everyone... shop attendants, car rental personnel, flight staff... they were all decked out in their traditional Bavarian garb. I am a sucker for Lederhosen and the German men wore it so well. (Even Roger agreed that the men were handsome, but don't tell him I said that.) Anyways, we were pretty exhausted from our layover flight from Canada, so we opted for a low-key evening of dinner and drinks. We took the subway to the restaurant district, just shy of the downtown party scene, and walked up and down the main street until we found the most German of places to eat.
I forget the name of the restaurant, but it definitely had the word "Brau" in it and it served lots of beer. We ordered sausages with red cabbage and sauerkraut and enjoyed the sights and sounds of locals clinking their beer steins and singing merrily to German folk songs. I was in my element.
Our bartender barely spoke English but "got me" nonetheless. I said I wanted something strong and fruity and he brought out THE BEST mixed champagne drink I have ever had! It was a concoction of Champagne, Rice Beer, Limoncello, Ice, Mint & Lime. OMGOSH it was so good. I had two, which made me a pleasant amount of tipsy.
The very best part about our dinner experience was that our server smelled like beer. Not just one beer, but several. We quickly learned that this solidarity with his customers was customary. Just 5 euros ordered 6 beers for the kitchen staff!
That night we stayed at a hotel called "Innside". We inquired about our first room because we were assigned to two separate beds. The staff apologized profusely and upgraded us to another room. We couldn't stop laughing when we walked into the second room--the single beds were simply pushed together. We learned early on that Europe does not cater to those that like to share sheets... we always had our own.
Breakfast the next day was the best ever!!! I am still swooning over the fact that they provided dried coconut slices to accompany the freshly-made yogurt. How decadent! The also had an make-your-own espresso machine and the lattes were amazing!
Sadly that is not Roger's butt.
The cherry on top of our already great start to our honeymoon was the car that we rented... a brand new convertible BMW 535i. Apparently it's a pretty sexy car, especially for passing others on the Autobahn. We had the pleasure of driving it for the next 4 days. Spoiler alert: It can go 240 km/h. I promise to share more of the rest of our trip soon!