Saturday, September 4, 2010

Machen Sie sich bereit Deutschland, wir kommen!

Marienplatz, Munich at 3 p.m., bells tolling

We left London this morning on a Lufthansa flight bound for Munich.  I love using London as a jumping off point for the rest of Europe.  It feels as though you are taking an ever so gradual trip from your comfort zone into places that take you away, culturally, historically, emotionally, and wonderfully - a little like Alice in Wonderland - Jim & friends in Bavaria!  Even boarding the A320 aircraft - clean, well organized, friendly and meticulous service with English and German being used interchangebly feels new and exciting.  After landing, we collected our bags from a carousel that had a sign telling you when your bags were expected - and they were right on time.  No line ups here - very effecient.  As we made our way toward the ground transporatation options we spotted a ticket machine for the subway.  As we were studying it, a young man approached us, with a t-shirt on indicating that he worked for "Bahn" offering us assistance.  No sales pitch, no trickery or scam, just assistance - what a concept.  He directed us to the appropriate line to get us to the centre of town, where a short taxi ride brought us to our hotel.  Once we were checked in, we took a stroll through some churches, ourdoor markets, shops, restaurants and plenty of beer drinking tents.  Lovely.

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