Home of irritating advertisements all over Europe, it’s the Wall Street Institute. It’s slogan is, “I speak English, Wall Street English!” as a focus to help in your career. The fact is that most people in Munich already speak English very well – whether it’s Wall Street or not. Further, most locals don’t at all mind speaking English. In many cases, they want the opportunity to practice the language, so unlike in many countries around Europe – most Munich locals are not offended if you even open the conversation with English. For me, I think the best is always to ask if people speak English first. It shows a bit more respect before diving in.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
One of the mosaics at the base of the Peace arch in the Bogenhausen neighborhood of Munich. The Mosaics are an allegorical representation of peace and war, and the victory and blessings of civilization. Carl von Effner, forever changed the face of this part of Munich, when in 1857 he constructed the footbath and green area on the right hand side of the Isar. The result is a 30-hectare Maximilian Park, and the 23 meter column that supports the peace arch.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
No place in Munich do you experience a sense of fantasy like you do in Villa Stuck. Walking from room to room is like walking through a fairy tale story, where the whimsical comes to life. Here you see one of its famous rooms, the music chamber where the ceiling is covered with astrological symbols. You will also find Orpheus with his lyre, as well as the Dionysian sphere and dance. The magical lighting effects bring the room, and the building, to life. The house it worth the visit alone, but the museum hosts a great selection of special exhibits that make a visit even better.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
As you know, the Bavarians take their cars very seriously. But not so seriously that you don’t see some innovative packaging around one of the latest BMWs. I came across this scene at the airport, with some sort of promotion from Sixt, which is one of the most well known car leasing/renting companies in Munich. Wrapped up like a Matchbox (which received its name from the boxes in the shape of a matchbox) car, this is one toy I’d love to take home with me.
Friday, February 19, 2010
A group of dare-devil boys race across the frozen lake below the Olympic Swimming pool – in nothing but their swimming gear. I wouldn’t have noticed them if it wasn’t for the high pitched screams rolling across the field once their bare feet hit the snow. I think it’s at this point I’m supposed to tell you that no actual children were injured during the course of this stunt, as all of them were back in the pool in 10 seconds flat. Although this was certainly an exception, Munich has done an amazing job of integrating most of their pools with the outdoors. Many of the pools – the Westbad, Nordbad, etc – all have one of their pools outside and open in any kind of weather.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
In the largest publishing center in Germany and Europe (that’s Munich, by the way), they take their literature quite seriously. But it wasn’t until 1997 that Munich had a center to celebrate this great publishing history, and its innate love for the written word. Just off the pedestrian streets in the Altstadt is the Munich Literary House located at Salvadorplatz. It is described as a place for book sippers and page nibblers, movie talkers, penny-a-liners, starving artists, thinkers, and day-dreamers. Appropriately, the house was built in a former school, where they use the former girls gymnasium as the German Book Archive and Foundation for Literature. Despite a full program of public readings with famous authors, most people know the house for the great atmosphere in the cafe and coffeehouse.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
With now more than a month of sub-freezing weather in Munich, some of the locals have said “Enough is Enough.” They found their way to the Munich Airport to get out of town – most likely to some place a bit warmer. My favorite departures today – Boa Vista (good view) Portugal – 455 KM West of the coast of Africa; Mallorca; Antalya, Turkey; Cairo; Doha, Qatar; and Tenerife. If you think you know your geography, a good test is to look at departures from an International Airport. Here were some direct flights to cities I was not familiar with: Donetsk, Timisoara, Poznan, Gdansk, Tirana, Catania, and many more.
Monday, February 15, 2010
You ever get the sense that you’re walking through a day dream, with other worlds swirling around you? Mythical creatures around you, historical battles playing out upon your side, and the gods looking down from up above. That’s the way it feels walking through the arcade at the Hofgarten, with it’s arched walkways and interior paintings practically reaching out to you. I end up showing the Hofgarten a lot on this blog, primarily because it’s one of the most beautiful parts of Munich. Between the Boccia Ball and great beer garden in the Summer, the street performers in the atrium, and the entry into the Altstadt or English Garden – there’s always something happening here...from this world or another.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
One of the many modern building developments in Munich now. Previously I talked about the 1600 units being built lining the train tracks of central Munich. This development, which I affectionately call the “Big Dig” was kicked off several years ago and the first phase is done, and the second is just a huge hole in the ground. It sits between the famous Lowenbrau Keller, and the neighborhood of Nymphenburg. The views of the apartments and sky terraces are incredible, but so are the prices. Most of these developments were created prior to the global financial crisis, and there’s no telling how many of these units will remain vacant in the short term.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Where do you find the best shopping in Munich? Dare I say it…the airport. Yes. It is likely true. In Munich, they’ve created a marvel of an airport – experience. After 3 years of flying in/out of Charles De Gaulle Airport in France, I can tell you they have built something special on the border of Freising. If you like the styles from Hermes, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Bvlgari, Esprit, and Burberry; you can find them all at the airport. Not only that, Terminal 1 feels like you are using a small local airport where each section only has 15 gates. Terminal 2 is the Lufthansa Hub, and it provides all sorts of extra services like free coffee and newspapers. Add to that the cinemas, the historic aircraft visitor center, and the visitor viewing terrace– and you have an airport worth visiting if you are travelling or not. This is one of the scenes from the open area between terminal 1 & 2. The airport is constantly voted one of the best in Europe. And one visit, and you will see why. Amazingly clean, efficient, and reliable – with a whole lot of extras thrown in.