Night Location: Munich, Germany
Song of the Day: Carol of the Bells - Metallica
Mumisode of the Day: Mum seems to be confused by the Christmas stocking concept. When Amber explained the process again today, Mum looked stricken and said, "Oh I've done it wrong." We aren't quite sure what she has done wrong as so far she has only purchased two presents.
After a fantastic sleep, fantastic shower and a good breakfast this morning we said goodbye to David as he was off to Dachau while we went into the city centre. The Munich Christmas markets are spread all through the central shopping district. Our first stop was the Marienplatz, famous for its clock. At midday each day a group of tourists gather expectantly and look up to see the figurines dance. The most impressive part were the knights jousting.
From here Mum and Dad went to the Munich Art Gallery while Amber and Gemma went shopping. Fantastic shops in Munich, and many purchases were made. We are definitely sad that our bags are so full. We tried some of the delicacies available from the Christmas stalls, some significantly better than others. The bad thing about Munich is there seems to be a significant lack of cafes for lunch. We managed to make it all the way back to our hotel before we found somewhere to eat. Another buffet was chanced, this time a little more successful as we stuck to desserts. No raw carrot for Amber today.
More shopping in the afternoon. We are proud to say that our presents have all been purchased. Our big mission of the day, however, was to purchase Christmas stockings. You would think that this would be an easy task given the high density of Christmas shops, only not so! After searching for hours, we became so frustrated after being redirected numerous times within the same store, that when we finally found the stockings in a basket, we decided to purchase them regardless of the cost.
We would have liked to purchase them a lot faster, however, once again we found ourselves in the same ridiculously slow queue from yesterday, in the same heat, only this time with an insane woman ahead of us. She had decided to purchase approximately 50 individual Christmas baubles that were individually priced. The lady serving decided to be extra nice as after all it is Christmas, and individually wrap each one in an egg carton- like contraption, before wrapping this in butcher's paper and placing it in a bag. After ten minutes of watching the other line progress, we found this particularly funny. After another ten minutes, not so funny, particularly when a third line opened allowing our competition to progress twice as fast. Amber at this point, gave up and joined another line, instructing Gemma to guard our front position in the original line. Amber made it to the cash register comfortably. There were at least twenty baubles still in the basket! Unbelievable!
Tomorrow we leave Munich in search of more Christmas markets in Nuremberg.