This was a weekend that we will remember and talk about for many years to come. The photo below pretty much sums up the trip. It's being printed and framed as I type.
|The gang in front of the Lowenbrau Tent - where we spent the morning|
But before we made it to Oktoberfest, we spent a day driving in the Bavarian Alps to Neuschwanstein Castle. A nice way to ease into our weekend in Munich. We were with some great friends and the countryside was beautiful.
|I know it's pretty much the same photo but the trees are so pretty here|
|The Drummond's and Lederman's|
|Dana & Iain|
|Looking across the way to the castle next door (and at the clouds settling in the hills)|
|The castle from the other side|
Oktoberfest is nuts, and it's so much fun. The tents are massive and packed all day long. Most of the seating is reserved, and people have standing reservations at the same table, with the same people, on the same day for years and years. At the big tents it's impossible for people like us to even make a reservation. This is exactly why we went very early in the morning, before the tents opened so we could get a seat in the small public area of one of the big tents. And we landed ourselves a very nice table in the Lowenbrau Tent where we spent the morning and afternoon.
The tents are decorated with colorful banners and streamers. Everyone, I mean everyone, is dressed in lederhosen and dirndls. There is a band playing. The beer maids are rushing by with armfuls of steins. Pretzels are being sold by the basketful and sausages and chicken are being eaten as quickly as they are cooked. The crowd is constantly singing and dancing and chatting with their neighbors. It's quite a scene.
Everyone is there to have a good time, not to get drunk (although people do get drunk). We had a lovely time drinking our steins, chatting with our neighbors, singing along with the band, and taking it all in.
|Breakfast beers. Some people may wonder why I am drinking so much quicker than the others.|
But, I would like you to consider that I'm actually drinking much slower...
|The stage and band|
|Dana & Linda|
We were sitting pretty close to the stage because that is where all the public tables are. I'm not entirely sure how this happened, but out of nowhere, Linda jumped up and declared that the lead singer was calling her to the stage. She ran up there and next thing we know, there is Linda leading the tent in song and dance. How she pulled that off, I will never know, but it was definitely a highlight of our day.
|Linda on stage!!|
|Walking around the festival|
|Us girls are all up on the ride|
When we first arrived at the Heinz Tent, we were slightly skeptical. It wasn't very full and it was so, so tiny compared to where we had been all morning. But as soon as the rest of the tables arrived, it became lively and fun. There was a band. There is always a band. There was singing and dancing and beers and, as they say in Ireland, "great craic". It was perfect.
|Frau Lederman - that's us!|
|They are serious about pretzels in Munich|
|We had some serious food in this tent|
|All 366 seats in the Heinz tent were full|
|This is what put me over the edge. I don't remember what it was,|
but I remember it being delicious, and I came home with that little boot cup in my pocket
The next morning we spent walking around the market and town, then swung by the Hofbrauhaus for lunch before we had to head back to the airport to catch our flight. The Hofbrauhaus is one of the permanent beer halls in Munich. Everyone had a beer with their lunch except me, I could only drink a tea. I still don't know how they did it. I've never been a believer of the Hair of the Dog.
|Fall produce is beautiful - I actually bought a small pumpkin and brought it back to Ireland.|
|The Milka cow - I <3 Milka|