Munich

From the moment that I stepped off of the train (four transfers and eight hours later), I was in awe of the clean and quiet charm of the Bavarian city of Munich.  On Saturday, we joined a  free tour to see the major city sites, and then strolled through the markets, stopping at a honey bee stand and a chocolatier.  Despite the bitter cold, the city was bright, and the food, surprisingly delicious.

The Glockenspiel located in the main square, Marienplatz

Colored buildings seemed to brighten the dreary day.

Cafe lined streets

The trip would not have been complete without a stop at the original and legendary Hofbrauhaus.  While there I enjoyed a traditional Bavarian pretzel, and a bowl of spaetzle.