Sep 18, 2007
Oct 11, 2007
Sat Sept 29th. We got up early as usual (very little time to sleep when you are on vacation) and had a nice breakfast at the hotel in Florence. We walked to the train station which was quite close and fairly easy not to get lost. It is an Italian train and quite interesting, much older than we expected. We did get a first class cabin which was nice and quiet. I am still stuck on Italian beer for one more day, but will soon get to switch to some great German Beer. I also suspect we will also switch from all the great Italian wines and olive oil to German beer and sauerkraut. We did find out today that customs released our gear and are supposed to deliver it to our hotel today as well. I did check out the dining car at 10 o'clock when I went to get a beer and some snacks, also made dinner reservations for 12:30. We have a have a really nice old German couple in our cabin as well as a beautiful young polo player. They all speak English, duh who would have guessed. Very interesting talking with them on the 8 hour trip. They were all very helpful. The polo player, Sue and I went to dinner and had a meal which offered no selection except for pasta in tomato sauce and salad, so we all elected to have the pasta and salad with beer. We has 3 plates of macaroni, 2 salads, 2 beers (in cans) and a water all for a mere 95 US dollars. What a shock and to make matters worse the food was shit. So much for train dining, although the polo player says that the food and the beer is much better on the German trains. The ride through northern Italy and Austria was simply breathtaking. We did find one thing surprising however. When you flush the toilet you will see the rail road tracks zipping by down below (Sue noticed this). We arrived in Munich around 6:30 and took the S Bahn train to Erding. Man do they have a fantastic train system. We had to take a taxi to the hotel and what a ride. If we were not stopped, either the gas or the brake were all the way to the floor, wakes you up after a long tiring day. The hotel is a very quaint and upscale old hotel. Our gear was there thank god. We went down to the restaurant and had their Oktoberfest Erding Beer and Oktoberfest special with duck, pork sausage, beef dumpling and red sauerkraut. Very very good but much a heavier meal than what we got accustomed to in Italy. Tomorrow and Monday we will explore Munich and Oktoberfest.