Return to Munich!

With the opportunity for my first holiday in a LONG time I decided to go back to Germany.  The flight went via Vienna.

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Hello goodbye

The stopover was only just long enough to process through passport control and security and catch the connecting flight.

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Like giant Norman strip farms

I arrived at Munich airport and it was basically like going to the future.  Not only do they have a train going from the airport to town, but it runs on time!

My accomodation was small but cheap and although on a main road the soundproofing in the window was effective.

The next morning I set out for RISCHART!

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Then to seal the deal I had a chocolate milk that was 30% cream and cost 70c.  Fantastisch. Take that, Lewis Road!

Just because it’s Germany and nothing starts until 10am I went wandering around the shops in the train station, which have expanded greatly since I was last there.  One was a general goods store with a surprisingly excellent stationery section.  Were else could you buy a fountain pen and ink at the train station?!

They also had things featuring this delightful unicorn, Pummel.  He eats biscuits.

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It means ‘I’m not fat, I’m cuddly’

Once everything was open I set forth to wander!

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This is a recent art installation to remember the gays and lesbian repressed by the Nazis

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I found a shop devoted to ‘writing culture’. Lovely pens and stationery!

I found Sportsheck – one of the giant sports stores.  They had a pair of shoes that I might just be able to wear!  I also found a place that had replacement blades for the one in my Swisscard that airport security took off me, in case I was going to hijack a plane with a letter-opener.

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Rischart break – Mohnschnitte (poppy seed cake on shortbread base)

From here I went to Oberpollinger – a giant high-end department store.  They had perfume on the ground floor and I accidentally sprayed perfume down my arm.  I was smelling it when a man asked me in German why I was sniffing my arm.  My German didn’t extend far enough to explain the situation!

I was looking for a handbag for mother (no success) and building my style gallery for this season: in general, the palette is pink, orange, white, and some blue. Trousers with bold floral prints are still in. Houndstooth had a small showing.  There was NO tweed.

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Ignore the silly trousers bt I did like this combination of jacket and shirt (the jacket picked up a colour in the pattern)

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At $480 this would not make a good windbreaker for daily use. But isn’t it pretty?

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Ribbons applied to give a ‘racing stripe’ were VERY common. I’m not entirely convinced

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Would a stripe on jacket and trouser be too much? I think so. Also, it looks a bit odd on anything that’s not a dinner suit

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Hugo Boss had a lot of excellent dresses for

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Also Boss. The colour was actually a vibrant purple. I think the colour suited me and I want a suit in it.

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Dior’s offering looks almost Edwardian – note the straight cut of the jacket, high neck with feature fastening, and wide lapels

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Some traditional dress – really super tailoring

The lowest price for anything was about $200 so I was strictly taking ideas to make myself back home.  I tried looking in the 2ndhand shop but they just had $400 things marked down to $200.

I proceeded to the Viktualienmarkt.

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As wonderful as ever

Then I went across town towards Globetrotter Sport.

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Churches, and for those uninterested in churches, a Rischart

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The Rathaus!

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There was some BMW pop-up showroom

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Some nice planting

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Die Residenz!

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The Isator. It’s 14th century

Across from this was GLOBETROTTER.  This is the outdoor shop that has 4 floors including a pool to try out your kayak before you buy.  I looked at boots (nothing suitable), bought a map and compass for my walking, and a snack bar.  Of course I looked at everything else, including cycling gear, knives, stoves, clothing, bags, packs, tents, torches, freeze-dried food, waxed canvas gear, and books.

Having avoided bankruptcy, I went back to Rischart.

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It was called ‘Spanish torte’ – it was some kind of cinnamon/vanilla layer cake with a shortbread base, sponge and cream layers, with a thicker icing of some description on the top, and a cherry

Revived, I returned to the hotel to put my feet up.

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