Munich, Germany!

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Bundled up on the metro
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Marienplatz PACKED for the Christmas Markets
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We’re in meat country now!
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Happy campers 🙂

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German “french fries”
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Hofbrauhaus

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Duke’s buddy, Charolette
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Part of the group
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Part of the Nymphenburg Palace
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Such beautiful grounds….
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Our little boy ❤
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How pretty are all the vines?!
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Back at the Christmas Markets!
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Our first Gluten! And we got to keep the mugs 🙂
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A little sleet falling in Marienplatz
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Krampus. Scariest Christmas tradition ever!!!
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They walked through the crowded streets so suddenly you’d look up and see this! Ahhh!
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Sweets!

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Christmas carolers singing above the square
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Warm-up pitstop!
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Duke is almost 8 months!

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So many goodies at the markets…
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Enjoying the carolers before heading back to the hotel

 

Our Christmas present to each other this year was a week long trip to Germany!!! We spend most of our time in Munich, but were also able to see the Neuschwanstein Castle, Nuremberg and the Salzbergwerk salt mines in the Bavarian Alps.

Munich is such a great city. Honestly, the people, the food, the culture – it was so up our alley! We loved the food SO MUCH! The sausage, the sauerkraut, the potatoes… everything you dream of and more! haha And of course there’s beer and gluwein. The gluwein is basically heated wine with flavor, but it tastes like cinnamon apple cider! Sooo good!!

The first evening in Munich we visited the Christmas Markets and decided to try out all the street fare we could. We had sausage, their version of fresh fries (fries with mayo, ketchup and mustard), gluwein and some chocolate covered mousse. It was all so yummy.

And it was so good to have a break from the food in Naples. The food in Italy been a little disappointing considering how much we were looking forward to it 😦 It just doesn’t have much flavor – not anything like the spice American Italian has. But German food – now THERES some flavor!!! Italians know how to do caffe – I’ll give them that! 😉

It was so funny throughout the trip because people constantly tried to speak German with us. Even on the plane, the woman serving beverages was speaking to everyone in English until she came to me! haha Almost every German we ran across could speak English though if we asked them to – and very well! That was a huge contrast to Italy as well. Not many people in Italy, or Naples at least, know English. And it’s pretty rare that Danny or I are taken as Italians… for obvious reasons. Haha (We did say “Danke”, “Bitte”, “Guten tag”, “Ja”, “Nein” and whatever else we knew as much as possible while we were in Germany! So fun!)

On another day, we did a bus tour of the city of Munich and were able to see Nymphenburg summer palace. Pictures usually don’t do things justice, but in this instance that is MOST DEFINITELY the case. It was soon big!!! It was added to over the years, but we were laughing at the fact that the main part of the palace was built as a gift from Ferdinand Maria to his wife after she had their first son. That’s some gift! I mean, where’s my palace, Danny?! 😉

Well, that’s it for today, but I’m preparing another post up that I’ll put up tomorrow with more pictures from the trip! So stay tuned… 🙂

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