Munich

In true “Travel Snob” fashion (traveling off season), we hit Munich about 90 days before the start of Oktoberfest 2019.  We visited many Bier Gardens in the area trying the different wheat, dunkelweiss, and Keller Biers…didn’t find any we didn’t like ;).  

The tents were going up in preparation for the upcoming Oktoberfest Celebration and while we didn’t experience the crowds (the bad) we also didn’t get the rides and vendor experience (the good),    BUT great food, great weather and GREAT BIER without the crazed crowds and high(er) prices made it a decent trade off.  There were several places to buy Drindls (for women) and Lederhosens (for men) within a few blocks of the train station, but be aware, all stores are closed on Sundays in Germany.

Don’t forget to stop by the cathedrals and churches, you’ll be blown away by the architectural detail and history of these grand buildings. 

Take some Advice from a Dumb Blonde, put on some comfortable shoes and start walking! The city is full of palaces, museums, cathedrals and churches…probably best to slip a few stops in between the beer halls!

 

REVIEW OF AIRBNB’S AND HOTEL:

Our decision to stay in an Airbnb’s paid off but there was the good and the bad.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/34337311?source_impression_id=p3_1563261146_NJHDl3xvnLBy0nxv

Good: less expensive, we paid 121.00 for the first night stay.  The cab ride to a local bier garden was 14.00 each way and our meal (with a few biers) was 70.00 for a grand total of 220.00 for the night.

Bad: it was an extra 15 min train ride further to the town we were staying in. We had to do a major bag drag searching for a very obscure door to the Airbnb.  The room was nice but all the sounds echoed in the concrete building

 

Second night was in a more “German” style Airbnb (I like rustic) in a really hip little area.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/36621642?source_impression_id=p3_1563261231_IwalT9EveDCemAlx

Good: great location, we walked to everything! The little town has a fantastic bike/walk trail that leads to the famous Chinese Bier Garden.  Our dinner that night was some of the best Italian food we’ve ever had. The cost for our Airbnb was 151.00, dinner (plus 2 beers) 70.00 for a total of 221.00.

Bad: the Airbnb was located on the second floor of the theater and there was a play that night so noise was an issue.  I would stay there again but only if I had a good set of ear plugs! 

The third night we stayed at the Sofitel Hotel, 330.00 for the night…pricey but you can’t beat the location.

 

Good: location location location, this hotel is beside the train station and just a few blocks from the Oktoberfest set up.  Comfy beds, quiet room, heated toilet seat and a/c! 

Bad: pricey! As “travel Snobs”, we don’t like the high price of a hotel and being spoiled to the attention Airbnb hosts put into stocking their rentals, we were disappointed with the lack of coffee, water, etc. in the kitchenette.  

Would we do it the same way next time?  We enjoyed being in different towns around Munich but there is a trade off, what can I say……. hindsight is 50/50

 

A Beach in June….

 

On our return from Spain this year, we swung out to the coast of France partly to avoid the mountains during the winter storms but mostly to visit Normandy.  We walked the beach that first day overwhelmed by the size of the mission our troops faced that day. We spent a few hours in the rain reading some of the names of those that had fallen, I opted out of going to the gravesites and in hindsight I regret it.  Woodman was so moved by the sea of white crosses that he requested we return the following day so he could run the beach.

 

A short tribute after a long run….

 

http://combinedops.com/Poetry.htm

 

Swing those hips like grandma’s porch swing!

I’m back in the states and back on Mo!  It’s taken a little time to get back in the saddle literally and figuratively.  When I arrived I found I had to earn Mo’s respect back so we started with hours of ground work.  Now that we’re back in the arena, I have to retrain my body to move in rhythm with his….again. This requires me to relax and let my hips swing with his…you’d think this would be easy but recently I noticed that even when I walk my hips are tight, so I decided to practice relaxing during my morning walks.  When I let my hips swing during my morning walk, I found I had less back and knee pain!

 

Take some Advice from A Dumb Blonde, try walking with loose hips, you’ll feel the difference all over!

50k Sign on bonus…..

This morning The Points Guy talked about Dad’s taking vacations alone with their kids, can’t say I’m on the same page as he on this one.  I’ve spent years traveling with our 2 now grown children and I can say I had tons of fun with them but it was always wayyyyy more fun when we would met up with Woody! Look, kids go to bed early, it’s nice to tuck them in and then enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda partner.  

 

Woody and I were always awake before both kids so we would quietly make a cup of coffee and sit in the bathroom of whatever hotel we were in and plan our day/life…not the most comfortable nook to chat in but good memories.

 

I’m not saying don’t do it but rather look at a trip that focuses on the children but still allows ALL of you to share the moments and the memories….then enjoy some quiet time with your partner when the kids are down for the night.

 

Points Guy did have a credit card worth mentioning, the Capital One Venture Card is allowing you to transfer points to ANY AIRLINE.  Interest rates are a little high but you earn 2 points for every dollar and 10 points for every Hotel.com stay. Here are the terms:

 

Earn unlimited 2X miles per dollar on every purchase, every day – plus 10X miles on thousands of hotels through January 2020

Learn more at Hotels.com/Venture

Redeem miles for any airline, any hotel, rental cars, and more.

TRAVEL CREDITReceive up to $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® fee

ANNUAL FEE$0 intro for the first year, $95 after that

PURCHASE APR17.99% – 25.24% variable APR

TRANSFER INFO17.99% – 25.24% variable APR; No Transfer Fee

 

Take some Advice from A Dumb Blonde, don’t pay for your life expenses on a debit card, ABE….“always be earning”, earning points to travel!

HANG ON THERE’S MORE!  35% PREMIUM ECONOMY ON UNITED FOR JUNE….Point’s Guy on it again:

Deal Alert: United Offering 35% off Economy Plus in June

 

Woke to some good travel news this morning!

Points guy alerted us to bogo (buy one get one) deals for Mother’s Day on Amtrak!  Check out some their fares at:

 

https://thepointsguy.com/deals/amtrak-launches-2-for-1-mothers-day-sale-on-routes-nationwide/?utm_term=Editorial&utm_campaign=FACEBOOK&utm_medium=social&utm_content=56D599A4-7283-11E9-B110-11F2984234C2&utm_source=FACEBOOK&fbclid=IwAR3pp4Hito0J7uPcmr3lAgwWeKa7vt6LGbzDKy_8Da43eHae0Yw536nCIgM

Or go straight to Amtrak.com and book now May 9 through May 13 for travel June 1 to Sep 30th.

 

Anyone wanting to visit us in Germany, now’s your chance!  Points Guy is on it again with alerts to Europe on Delta using points.

 

https://thepointsguy.com/deals/flights-to-europe-from-34000-miles-round-trip/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=F0C05644-7279-11E9-B243-EEE839982C1E&utm_term=Editorial&utm_source=FACEBOOK&utm_campaign=FACEBOOK&fbclid=IwAR11Ou9g5uEP6qa2fYC7SdYRPPWOy34-fC7fJN1Y6UznbKOBdgJqEZW95eg

 

Happy travels!

Cheese board obsession….

Remember those commercials that stated “a family that eats together stays together”?  Well I gave birth to a couple of “dine and dashers”, picky eaters and all together “too busy with life” to sit in one spot too long (typical I’m sure). I was tired of the never ending parent vs teenager “you need to eat healthier” fight and wanted to find away to keep them at the table long enough to have a civil conversation.  Look, I’m all for disciplining and enforcing when needed (for those that will say “just make them sit there”) but I tried to practice “clever parenting” in order to keep relationships in tact and my nightly wine to a minimum.

 

My solution, a cheese board.  Sounds simple right? While it didn’t always engage them as long as I wanted it did make our meals more fun and I was able to get more than just a hand full of fishies in their bellies.  Even though both kids are grown and rarely home for dinner I serve up a cheese board most every night. Recently I started taking my “cheese board skills” to the next level with upgraded cheeses like the latest truffle cheese (the small white round one in the picture below) and authentic Iberico ham (discovered how good it was on our trip to Spain, it’s just better!).

 

Take some Advice from a Dumb Blonde, add a cheese board to your next dinner and enjoy the extra time with family at the table!

Best cheese ever!                                           Cheese board of the day!

 

United MileagePlus updates are a real minus….

If you’re a member of United Airline’s Mileage Plus program, you’ve probably received an email from United announcing the upcoming changes.  Like most things in my life, I need someone to interpret the “fine print”.  The Points Guy came out with an article today that does just that and the news isn’t good.  Looks like international award flights will increase by 30% or more when traveling on United!  He said “For now, at least, United’s partner award chart for Star Alliance flights will remain intact, that means Lufthansa is still an option when traveling across the pond.

If you are a frequent flyer with American, check out the Point Guy’s article below, great information on acquiring Business Class flights to Europe for just over 1000.00!

https://thepointsguy.com/news/iberia-buy-avios-promotion/?utm_term=Editorial&utm_campaign=FACEBOOK&utm_content=E0E2A552-5A22-11E9-A0ED-B286C28169F1&utm_source=FACEBOOK&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR3_9vGdlJ6DnDF3X42sdkN-vjs5d8z-cEKDk2Ei_rWV1eB_aMMfgR_ZHoY

 

Take some Advice From A Dumb Blonde, take a trip using your MileagePlus points before the “new program” kicks in (Nov. 15) and then invest in a credit card that allows you earn universal points. Check out Forbes best new “flat rate travel cards” in the link below.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnnyjet/2018/12/01/best-travel-credit-cards-of-2019/#c69d830bebb7