This week, it gives me great pleasure in introducing you to Rosemary from Le Chic En Rose. I discovered her blog last year and have since been enthralled with her extensive travels across Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, where she emigrated to over 24 years ago. She shares her recent trip to Munich where she spent time honing her German and exploring the wonderful sights from castles to street markets and the Bavarian Alps.
Over to you, Rosemary…
What do you look for in a holiday?
I love places with a historical and cultural heritage but am also drawn to lakes and mountains in a glorious setting where I can unwind and relax. Anywhere with plenty of sight-seeing opportunities and good cafes and restaurants appeals too!
Where did you go?
We stayed in Munich in Bavaria and travelled around using a German rail pass/Munich public transport
Munich combined the convenience of a city with access to a range of beautiful attractions including the Bavarian Alps. We’d been visiting family in the UK beforehand, so wanted somewhere to holiday en route back home to Western Australia. Also it gave me an opportunity to practice my German (I’ve been studying at evening classes for the past four years)
My husband and I, then our 23-year-old daughter came over from London to join us for the last three days
Where did you stay?
Hotel Platzl – we wanted a traditional Bavarian hotel in the Altstadt (Old Town) with the convenience of modern luxuries We had read great reviews through Trip Advisor, then my travel agent organized the booking. A wonderful buffet style breakfast was part of the package.
Your most memorable moment/s of the trip?
Day out to the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle (the definitive “fairytale” castle)
Any sights, activities you want to shout about?
We were centrally based so we could explore the Altstadt extensively, but we also did quite a few day trips out of Munich. Neuschwanstein of course, Starnberger See is really on the city’s doorstep but you feel like you’re getting away from it all, we went up to Regensburg by train, which has a UNESCO listed Altstadt and also down to the Bavarian Alps.
Was it good value for money?
We found that a lot of the best attractions were free, such as walking round the English Gardens or the stunning grounds of Nymphenburg Palace. The cobbled streets of the Altstadt were delightful and I could lose myself for hours in the Viktualienmarkt with its vast array of food and produce stalls. Public transport was very efficient and good value for money and also for a reasonable price you can hire bikes and cycle round Munich to your heart’s content.
Your top tip/s for the area?
The Residenz, the imperial palace of the former Bavarian rulers is well worth exploring if you like history. Don’t miss the English Gardens either or go up either the Neues Rathaus Tower or the tower of St Peter’s Kirche for views over the city. I particularly loved the city by night with its beautiful illuminations. Plus of course you have to visit one of the many beer kellers and gardens and try out the local brews. We were there in April, which was “shoulder” (between low and high) season and therefore not as crowded as the summer months and definitely nowhere near as busy as Oktoberfest (confusingly at the end of September!)
Which photo is your favourite and why? Tell us the story behind it
The photo of myself and daughter, Mlle, at Neuschwanstein Castle. With Mlle having flown the nest to London, it was a special occasion being able to visit somewhere high on all our “travel wish lists” at the same time. After some rainy days, the sun came out and we had the most wonderful spring weather in a magical setting. This photo holds very special memories for us all!
Would you recommend to a friend?
Yes definitely – in fact one of my friends recently went to Munich with her daughter and loved it, too.
What are the five holiday essentials you couldn’t live without?
• My camera – I still have the same trusty Panasonic digital (it does all the work for me!)
• Comfortable and stylish footwear. Ballet flats in summer and boots in winter – can’t stress the importance of good quality footwear enough, especially on cobbled streets!
• Scarves or a pashmina. Can double as blankets in cooler weather or sarongs in warm climates plus accessories change the look of an outfit in seconds.
• A good book – usually travel-related so I can read up on where we’re going and get ideas
• My iPad – I do like to stay connected with family and friends even on the road!
What is your most favourite place in the whole world and why?
A very difficult question! Apart from our adopted home town of Perth it would have to be Mount Rigi in Central Switzerland. It is a wonderful place with sentimental family memories and the views over Lake Lucerne on a clear day are breathtaking.
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