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seaquam posted:

Cape Town. Beautiful city! We unexpectedly ended up this afternoon in a crowd at city hall welcoming home the 2019 World Rugby Champions, very emotional and incredibly loud.

Two very long flights to get here, and don’t expect I’ll fly this far again. Happy to check a couple more items off my bucket list, though. 😀

Loved Cape Town and South Africa.

wineismylife posted:
seaquam posted:

Cape Town. Beautiful city! We unexpectedly ended up this afternoon in a crowd at city hall welcoming home the 2019 World Rugby Champions, very emotional and incredibly loud.

Two very long flights to get here, and don’t expect I’ll fly this far again. Happy to check a couple more items off my bucket list, though. 😀

Loved Cape Town and South Africa.

Likewise.  Been three times.  United now has direct flights from Newark, so might be making another trip. 

Mrs H and I are in Madrid for the climate conference.  We got a fantastic Airbnb near the IFEMA.  Stocked up on groceries at the local Carrefour and scored some 2010 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Seleccion Especial for a mere Eur 15.80.  Black Friday special, so had to pick up 6 to get me through the next week.

wineart 2 posted:
billhike posted:

Munich.

A wonderful experience during the Christmas season and a town I thoroughly enjoy year round. If you have a chance, the train to Salzburg is a beautiful ride and also a wonderful place to visit during Christmas. It has a very village like feel to me. 

Enjoy and safe travels. 

Plus I love the central market in Salzberg.  Among other things every kind of pretzel known to man.

wineismylife posted:
wineart 2 posted:
billhike posted:

Munich.

A wonderful experience during the Christmas season and a town I thoroughly enjoy year round. If you have a chance, the train to Salzburg is a beautiful ride and also a wonderful place to visit during Christmas. It has a very village like feel to me. 

Enjoy and safe travels. 

Plus I love the central market in Salzberg.  Among other things every kind of pretzel known to man.

Indeed and Salzberg does Christmas well. I was there during the holiday. I remember just watching the people strolling as the snow fell and everyone seemed so content. It was almost like a bygone era.

Train to Salzburg was tomorrow’s plan. However, my wife took a spill inside the Residenz Palace this afternoon and sprained her ankle pretty good. Hoping she will be ok enough to make that trek in a few days. This is “her trip” so to speak and it will really suck if she has to miss seeing things we planned - especially since the weather is fantastic, if a but unlike winter. We visited multiple Christmas markets yesterday including a medieval-themed one after dark.  Glühwein Isn’t something I’m usually interested, but I enjoyed a clay chalice of if that was set on fire! We had a nice long stroll this morning from our hotel in the city center through some nice neighborhoods leading to the English Gardens. I had to make the tourist hell stop at Hofbrau Haus despite friends telling me to skip it. The wife, not a beer drinker, got in a the spirit and downed an entire liter! She now has an excuse for klutziness. I broke an arm in Montalcino last year; perhaps we need to abstain from Europe.  

Munich is a beautiful, clean and vibrant city. I’m enjoying it so far, and like that a lot of people walk their dogs and we get to greet them. 

billhike posted:

Train to Salzburg was tomorrow’s plan. However, my wife took a spill inside the Residenz Palace this afternoon and sprained her ankle pretty good. Hoping she will be ok enough to make that trek in a few days. This is “her trip” so to speak and it will really suck if she has to miss seeing things we planned - especially since the weather is fantastic, if a but unlike winter. We visited multiple Christmas markets yesterday including a medieval-themed one after dark.  Glühwein Isn’t something I’m usually interested, but I enjoyed a clay chalice of if that was set on fire! We had a nice long stroll this morning from our hotel in the city center through some nice neighborhoods leading to the English Gardens. I had to make the tourist hell stop at Hofbrau Haus despite friends telling me to skip it. The wife, not a beer drinker, got in a the spirit and downed an entire liter! She now has an excuse for klutziness. I broke an arm in Montalcino last year; perhaps we need to abstain from Europe.  

Munich is a beautiful, clean and vibrant city. I’m enjoying it so far, and like that a lot of people walk their dogs and we get to greet them. 

Well, stay healthy!

Munich has a great airport as well. 

jcocktosten posted:
billhike posted:

Dachau. After a sobering visit to the memorial site earlier, we are having lunch in town and are about to stroll through the Christmas market.

Was going to mention this in connection with my post about enjoying our time in Munich but did not seem the right way to express it.  

 

Totally understood. I refrained from taking photos.

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