This was the morning to take care of a few agenda items. For the B-I-L, it was to get a pickled herring sandwich. For me, it was to see the Glockenspiel in action. So it was off to the downtown market, which is very close to Marienplatz, with New Town Hall, with the Glockenspiel.
It was a busy Saturday morning in downtown Munich:
|Street action above the Marienplatz U-bahn station|
|Crowded at the market|
|The B-I-L proudly displaying his picked herring|
Strong flavored fish soaked and pickled in brine Topped with pickles, cucumbers, soaked and pickled and brine. Put on a roll with onions. It's Germany so I'm positive the roll was good.
Anyway, B-I-L says the pickled herring sandwich was delicious. Perhaps even worth the trip. While we were seated at the long tables at the marketplace so the B-I-L could enjoy his fine sandwich dining experience which could not be replicated at home, we were told by a woman from Austria who was sitting at our table and could only speak German that we -- us! -- should learn to speak German if we are traveling to Germany. Can you imagine! This women travelled to another country and could not even speak English!
(Aside: the woman was joking with our friend who guiding us around when she said this. And the level of English language proficiency in Munich is sky-high, comparable to a U.S. city.)
Sandwich then eating, agenda item for B-I-L checked off, it was time to check off my agenda item for Munich: the Glockenspiel.
|New Town Hall with the Glockenspiel about halfway up the tower|
|Glockenspiel-anticipating hordes at Marienplatz|
|Crowd watches and listens to an accordionist in giddy anticipation|
|Glockenspiel in action. (Well, not "action" as it's a still photo, but it's a still photo of an action sequence.)|
|More Glockenspiel action|
So the item that I got to put on the Munchen to-do list got done. I will go back to being a passenger for the Munich part of the journey.
|One last look at the Glockenspiel, behind some Cherubs of the Marian Column|