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Munich - 2008

I spent a week in Munich in September for some meetings, and had a little time to wander around and get some pictures.

I also put together a little video of musicians who I saw one night while wandering around.

Here's what I saw...


Photos


It's Zak's House!!!

Our friends Zaakera and Sean lived in an airstream for awhile. I love airstreams and every time I see one I say "hey look! It's Zak's house!" And sure enough, her house flew over to Munich to say "hi"


Another Angle

Here's another angle on the flying airstream. Pretty cool!


Lambkin & Munchen

Lambkin made a friend on this trip. We found Munchin in a cool little shop in old Muich (Munchen). He's not technically a puppet, but he has little magnets in his arms that allow him to give teeny, tiny, Lambkin size hugs!


The Mariandl

I was looking for an inexpensive hotel near Old Munich and a friend in Munich recommended the Mariandl. It's kind of a Pension/Hotel, so it's not luxurious, but definitely did the trick for my needs. http://www.mariandl.com


Front Door

This is what the entrance to the Mariandl looked like. There isn't so much a lobby, as a hallway and you walk to the back and someone checks you in at the computer behind the bar in the restaurant.


The Stairs

And only stairs, so not a good place if you have a ton of luggage or are disabled, but I packed light (at least for me) so it wasn't too bad. The stairs are beautiful


Nice Room

For around 65 Euros a night it was a pretty good room. Good size, and a comfortable bed. I just needed a place to sleep, shower, and store my bags while I got part of a day of wandering around Munich in.


The Bathroom is a Shower

Christi and I had complained that we didn't have a shower curtain in our Paris room, and this room was one step removed. The bathroom floor was literally the shower floor, and if you were brushing your teeth while someone took a shower you'd pretty much be taking a shower too.


Balcony

The room even had an adorable little balcony that looked out on the courtyard


Self Portrait

I arrived late Sunday afternoon, took a shower, and headed out to wander around. Of course I had to do a self-portrait on the way out


Scary Little Dog

There were som cool posters pasted on walls, and this scary little dog cracked me up


The Gate

This was the gate into Old Munich on the side that my hotel was on. My hotel was about 3-blocks from old Munich


Neat Ducks!

I love the little space ducks! We saw them in Luxembourg, but the shop wasn't open when we were there. This time I made sure to catch them when they were open so I could get one for Lenny


Cool Facade

The front of this building was beautiful!


Guess How Much I Love You

Of course, after using the words from "Guess How Much I Love You" as our wedding vows I had to get a German copy


Starbucks!!!

I was kind of sad traveling without Christi, and knowing that we'd only have a day together when I got back before she headed to Florida for a week. I could tell I was feeling out of sorts, because I kept going to starbucks which reminds me of home. Always the same lighting fixtures and decor no matter what country you're in.


Adorable Shop Window

I loved all the dried fruit in this store window. The heart shaped cookie is apparently a traditional octoberfest thing and is made of gingerbread. I kept meaning to get one, but never did.


Sigi Sommer

A famous German journalist. If you read German you can see a page on him at http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigi_Sommer


Adorable Outfits

I love the Dirndel and Leiderhosen outfits.


Night Falls

As the sun went down and the lights wend up I started getting some neat shots


Another Gate

This one was over on the Karlsplatz side of Old Munich


Busy Street

Even though all the shops were closed in the evening, there were still quite a few people wandering around Old Munich. The pedestrian streets were really cool and I was able to get some good window shopping done in preparation for the following morning when they'd be open.


A Neat Night Shot

with cool spires in the background


The Hofbrauhouse

It's kind of like a mini Octoberfest


Big Beer

I think I drank about two inches of this beer. It was huge


Classic German Food

And yummy!


And a Classic German Band

This cool German band was playing in the background. You just sit down at a picnic table with other people and order what you want


Cool Jersey!

Sweet! I must have the jersey on the left!


Great Buskers

There were some great buskers out in the evening. I loved this guy, gave him a couple euros, and got a little video of him. Check out the video link at the top of the page.


Cool Display

I love this domino display in a wine shop window


The Rathaus

This is the Rathaus or town hall in Marienplatz. It has a neat glockenspiel. The top part of it tells the story of the marriage of the local Duke Wilhelm V (who also founded the Hofbrauhaus


Heading to the Hotel

I was torn as to whether I should walk home or take a cab. I'm glad I walked because I got some neat night shots, but the block before my hotel had a mental hospital and I got a little scared walking down the street.


Neat Sign

I saw this neat sign as I neared the edge of old Munich


The Gate

I got this cool shot of a signpost as I neared the gate at the edge of old Munich


The Gate at Night

I love this night shot of the gate


Neat Fountain

This fountain is just outside the gate


Blur of a Streetcar

I nearly got ran over by this streetcar earlier. I patiently waited for a streetcar to pass by, then stepped out to cross the street. The honking of another street car coming the other way scared the crap out of me, and I had to jump out of the way.


Neat Building

This was a restaurant across from my hotel. I love the tracers of car lights I got in this long exposure


Me Again

Another self-portrait as I head out for the day


Pesky Apple!

I just can't get away from those pesky Macs!


Entering Old Munich

the view through the gate into old Munich


Cool Helmet

I love the little fin on the top of this helmet. It would be cool on a scooter


Cool old Violinist

I love this old violinist


Come and Join me...

This kid's shirt cracks me up. It's correct english, but just not the way you'd normally say it


Street Cafe

I love all the street cafes in Europe. I wish we had more in the US, and more pedestrian only avenues


Fruitstrands

There were quite a few fruitstands out during the day


Up Close

an up close view of another fruitstand. I love the signs in other languages


Neat Courtyard

I love this courtyard. I saw it as I walked toward the English Gardens


Cool Spires

You could see these spires from a long way off


How should I decorate my smartcar?

With faux aligator skin


Another option

well, it's an option I guess


The English Gardens

This is a huge park in Munich. Last time I was here it was winter, so I was excited to get out and wander through a park


Young Swans

At first I thought these were geese, but I realized later they were juvenile swans


Happy Dog

He was rolling around


Ah Yeah!

and generally loving life


Backpackers

A cool shot of the swans with some backpackers in the background


Cool Swan

This guy was pretty


Uh, oh

Look out, he's coming straight at me!


Map of the English Gardens

I walked from the far left over to the banks of the pond on the far right


Neat Ducks

or some sort of nifty bird. I've never seen this type of bird before. I might have discovered them. I think I'll name them Markington Quakers


Hi!

Hi, I'm a dog, me too!


Cool View

The English Garden was beautiful! Huge fields, beautiful creeks and ponds, and neat restaurants built right in


Romantic Picnic

What a great place to have a picnic


A Closer View

A neat shot as I got closer


The Spires Again

You can even see the spires from all the way over in the park


Neat Pond

A shot across the pond, full of birds, and with a neat restaurant across the way


Silly Goose

A cool goose standing on the edge of the pond


Chasing the Geese

I heard geese honking and a dog barking and looked over to see this guy racing around and chasing the geese off


Hey, are those people naked?

Yep, there were old dudes walking around naked all over


A Kid'l Eat Ivy Too

And he'd love this building


It's a Meat Market

I love these little markets. All the food looks so fresh


Lunch in a little market

I sat next to a cool old German couple and had lunch near Marienplatz


Cheese Anyone?

Another cool little shop


Headed back towards Marienplatz

I got this neat shot as I headed back towards Marienplatz. Marienplatz is just to the left of the tall spire


Flower Stand

The flowers were beautiful, but I couldn't really get any since I didn't have anywhere to put them


Great sky!

I couldn't have designed a better backdrop for the Rathaus. The one other day I had to take pictures the square was full of tents and people for some sort of celebration


Cute little store

This was a neat little second hand clothing store


Catching the train

I caught the train out to the countryside. It was quite the challenge figuring out how to get to Hohenkammer. I caught the train to Petershausen then a cab to Hohenkammer.


Riding the train

The German countryside was adorable! It was nice getting outside the city.


My train

Not a bullet train, but a fun ride. I thought my stop was the last stop, but it turned out it wasn't. It was the first stop! I had to scramble to grab my stuff and jump off the train.


Petershausen

When I got out at Petershausen I realized the phone number for the cab company that I'd gotten at the train station was wrong. So I had to walk down the street to find someone to help. There were no real stores or hotels so I walked into a random office where the three guys didn't really speak much English. But they were totally cool and called me a cab.


Here I am!

At least I could tell from the map that it was a walkable distance in the worst case


Schloss Hohenkammer!

Not the kind of castle I'm used to, but it did have a moat


My room

My room was modern and huge!


Huge!

The room was huge, especially for Europe!


Seperate shower?

What? no shower head in the middle of the bathroom?


Out for a walk

We drove to a nearby town for dinner and saw this neat old man walking his sheep dog


The Gang

The gang gathered outside the restaurant. They said it was the oldest brewery in the world, but I assume a lot of places make that claim


A big beer!

DUDE! How are these people not drunk all the time?!?


A cool room

I love this room!


Night Shot

I was out talking to Christi about five minutes earlier and there was cool steam coming out of the building. I ran back to grab my camera and sure enough, the steam was gone


Another angle

This was cool outbuilding


Long exposure

If you look really close you can see the big carp in the moat


Looking the other way

This was the building where my room was


Morning at the castle

The castle looked cool in the morning with the steam rising off the water


The cafeteria

The cafe was really neat


Cool sculpture

You have to have guts to commission a piece of artwork like this. "I want a massive red chunk of steel for my entryway"


Beautiful morning

The castle looked great in the morning sunlight


Lighting

The entire inside of the castle had been turned into conference space. Classic, yet modern. It was great


Day 1

We met with the Enterprise Services Field Readiness Managers


Why is Mark taking my picture

A frequent look I get


The Courtyard

The center of the castle was a courtyard


Far out room

I don't know what this room was for, but it was cool


Looking up

at the cool lights in the stairwell


Holger

Holger giving us the rundown


Radhika

Presenting on the planning process


James

Getting his point across


Sirwin and Shinichi

Deep in thought


Carolyn and Jan

Collaborating


Wayne

The Waynester, Wayne-a-lane-a-ding-dong


Jose and Larry

Soaking up the knowledge


Franca

Providing the 411 on Canada


ICE CREAM!

After lunch this cooler appeared in the courtyard. It had a little sign that could have said "only for company x" or "hey Mark, want some ice cream." but I had no idea. So I took this picture and ran it by Frauke who speaks German. It essentially said "For our guests. Please take one" So I did, and it was outstanding!!!


Afternoon reflection

Once you start seeing the tower as having two eyes and the clock face as a nose, you just can't stop


I took a walk

After the meetings and catching up on email I walked around the nearby farms


Hi Sheep!

These sheep were grazing out in the open where they could just walk away, but this cool old farmer was putting in a temporary fence to pen them in


Putting in fence

And here he is


Goats!

They even had their own climbing toy


Goat and Farmer

a cool shot of the goat with the farmer in the background


Corn and Maypole

Every village had its own maypole. you can see this one's out in the distance


Flyer

What a great way to see the countryside! He flew over when I was walking around. The fan wasn't too loud either.


Adorable houses

I walked through a neighborhood in the village. The houses were adorable and very well taken care of


Cool Flower

A pretty flower


Mad Dog!

I was lining up to take his picture and he barked and scared the crap out of me. I got a couple blurry shots as I recovered, and walked away laughing my head off


Heading Home

As I was walking back I saw the cool old farmer heading home with his bicycle


Cute Dog

A guy on a bike rode by the sheep with this neat dog. He was very interested in the sheep


Yikes, a dog!

And the sheep were very interested in him


Feuerwehr

Then a neat firetruck went by


Night at the castle

The spire looked cool with the moon behind it


Mary presenting

Mary doing a presentation


Laurent

Laurent talks us through Workforce Planning


The Conference room

This was our conference room. It was a really cool room.


Who's in which room

This chalkboard was at the entrance to the castle, and you can see our room noted


Another Walk

At lunch one day Larry and I walked across the field to the other village


Black Sheep

This little guy was adorable


Solar Panels

Lots of the buildings had solar panels


Lambkin!

Lambkin wanted a picture in front of the castle


Bavarian Film City!

One night we went to Bavarian Film city. It was hilarious! The guy doing the tour kept listing off movies and tv shows we'd never heard of. Some famous as far off as Austria! They did film Das Boot and parts of Shindler's List here though.


Listening to the tour guide

The crew listening to the tour guide


The Transporter

The transporter console for the Star Trek spoof that they used to film at this studio


Control Panel

Another one of the set pieces


The Script

They had a few of the group act out some scenes and then they cut it together with scenes from the original Star Trek Spoof


The Transporter

Siew Hong, Scott, and Shinichi on the transporter


Guy Hamming it up

Guy doing his scene


Shooting the scene

Radhika and Tim on the bridge


Famous German Sci-fi soccer movie

The set of a famous German sci-fi soccer movie


Vampire Soccer

A set piece from the sci-fi soccer movie


Nice bunk!

Thierry pointing out the worst bunk ever, on the set of Das Boot. They clarified that it wasn't a real submarine. Thank goodness they did, because it being built inside a big tent would have never given it away.


Beer Garden

After the studio we went to a local beer garden


The view from outside

The beer garden was huge, but empty, and we ate under the awning at the far end


Allianz Arena

The giant soccer arena. Depending on what team is playing it's either lit up blue or red


Carp Feeder

This cool old guy walked up to me as I was walking to breakfast and started talking German. I said I didn't speak German, but he motioned me over to the railing over the moat so I could watch him feed the fish. He must have seen my camera. He was really nice.


Feeding Frenzy

Here's a shot of the carp chowing down on the bagel and apple he was feeding them


Misty Morning

Another misty morning


The Contessa Room

Okay, it's not really called that, but it was one of our breakout rooms and it was pretty cool


Meeting

In our main meeting room


More Meeting

More of the main meeting room


Thierry

Thierry presenting


Jose

Jose talking through his flipcharts


Jet Lag Cure

When the jet lag got too bad I squeezed a bottle cap in my hand to keep myself awake


Baling

One evening I took a long walk across the field to the nearby village, and down the valley back to Hohenkammer


My Hohenkammer walk

Here's a map of my walk around Hohenkammer


Sheep!

Heading across the field


Looking back

Looking back at the Castle


Cute sign

In the little village across the field I saw this cute sign


May Pole

It's so cool how their may poles had little signs seeking success in all different professions


Sunflower

I could have take flower pictures all day


Calf!

This adorable little calf was in the nearby village


Another Maypole Shot

Here's another shot with more of the little signs


Hohenkammer

Looking across the fields toward the church in Hohenkammer


Little Kids

This group of kids followed me around for awhile. They had lots of questions, but all of them were in German and the best we could do was that I was a tourist


Hay Bales

The hay bales were neat


Bad Corn

It didn't look like they were harvesting the corn, just letting it go


A neat shot along the corn

Looking back at the castle


Riding with dad

It was cool, I saw several instances of kids riding with their dads in tractors


Hohenkammer

Another shot across the field at the village


Sign for the sheep farm

I think this was the sign for the farm where I got the pictures of the sheep and the old farmer


It's me!

A self-portrait in a traffic mirror


The graveyard

A cool shot of the church from the graveyard


The maypole

A full shot of the hohenkammer maypole


Liquor store (I think)

There weren't many stores in Hohenkammer. I saw a bank, a pizza place, and this liquor store. Come to think of it, they've really covered all the bases


Sunflower

One of my favorite shots


I love these flowers

I see them in Sunriver, and in a park near our house, but I've never gotten around to shooting them. I had plenty of time on my walk


Talking to Christi

I stopped in an adorable little park to call Christi


The path

This was a neat little path I walked down. They had an incredible amount of walking/riding paths


My Favorite

This is currently my desktop on my laptop. One of the best shots I've ever taken


A Snail!

There's a cute little snail on this flower


More Flowers

Yeah, had a hard time stopping


Sunset

The horizon glowed with the sunset


The Rathaus

Another Rathaus. Their city halls are called "Rathaus" which I thought was appropriate since you tend to find so many rats in city hall


Schloss

The street that the Schloss Hohenkammer is on


Stephen Colbert's brother?

This guy looked kind of like Stephen Colbert


Long exposure

A neat long exposure as I neared the castle


Slowness

This sign was inside the hotel lobby. It looked like it was advertising a far out festival of small walks around the villages


Night at the castle

At the end of my walk I shot a few more castle shots


The gate

The light from the doors gave it kind of an unearthly look


Feuerwehrzufahrt

Now that's a funny word!


One last walk

On the last day we took a walk at lunch


Sheep still adorable

of course


Neat cart

I love this cool cart


Obelyx

I was able to visit the kittens too


Cool old motorcycles

These neat old bikes were parked in the nearby village


The farm road

I walked this cool farm road many times. I love how it curves through the field


Scott

Scott educating us


Scott, Josh, Wayne, and Tim

Solving the world's problems


The Breakroom

I love the architecture of the room where we had our coffee breaks


Display

A neat display of local wines in the breakroom


Larry

Larry dropping some knowledge


Hard at work

Talking about the planning process


Larry, Mark, Diana, with Scott and Wayne in the foreground

Showing no signs of slowing down


The Volksfest!!!

Apparently Octoberfest is just the Munich version of a festival that all villages in Germany have, called a Volksfest. We went to one near Hohenkammer


Cigarettes?

This should have been a clue to me that I was going to be in trouble later. As the place filled up it got smokier and smokier. My eyes were burning and my head was on fire by the end of the night (okay, actually sooner)


Impressive!

It was hard enough to lift one of these glasses, let along the number that the waiters carried at once


Yeah, we've got enough meat

They were cooking a serious amount of meat!


Siew Hong

The beer is almost as big as she is


Scott and Holger

Raising their glasses


Me with my Radler

They mix beer and Fanta (not orange, but the sprite kind) 50/50 for a drink called a radler. It was refreshing!


Servers in Leiderhosen

I totally wanted a pair of leiderhosen!


Elvis with a tuba

The nifty band at the Volksfest


Another angle


Serving up the food

One of the watresses serving up one of the many available meat dishes


Cute boy alert

I got this shirt of her just as she saw a guy walk in. He was apparently a friend and they called him over, but this shot of her reaction was adorable


More nifty liederhosen


Fish on a stick?

We got stuck standing under an awning next to this fish stand and it was SMELLY!!!


Pistolenschiessen

The huge eating area had a little carnival next to it


We bad!

Local punks


Adorable candy vendor


The Midway

A shot down the midway


More Dirdles

The Dirndle is the traditional outfit for women and they were adorable!


The Freising Volksfest!

A sign for the volksfest


Mmmmmm! More candy!

even more candy!


Another band

A less traditional, but more "cool" band took over. They were pretty good!


Getting down!

Another shot of the band


Lead accordian

Of course they had to have an accordian player!


More cool liederhosen


Adorable!

This little girl was adorable


A lot of food!

And it just kept on coming


Holger, Larry, and Mark, chowing down


Wow!

Seriously, that's some incredible upper body strength


Enjoying the band

This adorable little kid was enjoying the band


Cool dude

I shot this guy from way across the room. He was pretty cool


Much less cool

This is not a good look


Waiting for fish?

These guys were waiting at the fish on a stick stand


Cute couple

Out with their baby


Running through the rain

It was raining a bit and these three were making a run for it


Really?

This ice cream logo seemed a bit inappropriate


Mark walking down the midway

As we got close to leaving we took another walk down the midway


More dirndles

These are just the most adorable outfits!


Pony Rides!

And with real ponies!


The crew

Deciding if they want more food


A huge room!

these shots give you some idea of the scale of the room


Looking the other way


Incoming food


The band

from the back


Dancing on the tables

Well, at least on the benches. As the night went on more and more people got up and stood on the benches of their tables


Bottoms up!

Here's a group of folks standing on their benches


More traditional garb

Worn by adorable German girls


The Mariandl

That night I headed back to the Mariandl in Munich to spend the night so I could do a little shopping before I headed to the airport the next day


Hmmm, where's the bathroom

Ah, it's across the hall. That was kind of inconvenient


Out the window

A cool shot out the window of my room


Looking the other way


One cool looking dude!

This was one of the waiters at the restaurant in the hotel


The restaurant at the Mariandl


Mick Daly?

This guy looks remarkable like a friend of mine from high school


The Deva

A cool little shop owned by a woman who's using one of my turtle photos in a book she's doing


A Cafe

Where I had a coffee and a pastry while I waited for the Deva to open


Beatrice

Beatrice, the owner of the Deva


The one that got away

Look, there's one cool soccer jersey that I didn't get when I was there. I did, however get four new jerseys when I was there


Our outfits!

I couldn't pass them up, so I got these outfits for Christi and I for halloween


Cool dog

This neat dog was in the restaurant at the hotel


Mercedes HQ

The Mercedes HQ looks like one of those matchbox car cases, but with real cars! My cab driver was really cool, and she pointed out all the neatest sights


The old soccer stadium


Street signs

On my way to the airport


Go 120

A speed limit sign on the way to the airport


Go as fast as you want!

Is what I assumed this meant