Friday, November 11, 2011

Beer or Coffee

If you like beer, Munich's beer halls are your kind of place.  If you like coffee, like me, you'll be happy to discover is that Munich is addicted to coffee as much as the rest of northern Europe.  They had some very cute, hip coffee shops that serve great java and encourage lingering.  Of course, Starbucks does have a presence; notice the green awnings on the right?

Our last day in Munich was overcast as we boarded the bus to head toward Venice.  But as we got over the mountain pass it became sunny and warm.  The scenery was stunning; we passed green hills dotted with tidy alpine houses, with the majestic alps towering in the distance.

On the winding road we stopped at a McDonald's perched on the side.  Of course in Europe we try to avoid the American chains if at all possible.  But this one was beautifully designed, served good coffee, and, through a sweeping wall of windows in the back offered hands-down the best view I've ever seen from Micky D's--across the hills to snow covered peaks. 

- Linda

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