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January 30, 2014

Silk and denim

Two more additions to my wardrobe from before I left Sydney. I feel like I should stop buying clothes now, because the excuses of "building my wardrobe" and "basics" are starting to become a bit tenuous.


The Uniqlo silk shirt is from the US; my friends who were travelling over there got it for me. I love silk, but I'm not going to pay $400 for a shirt; once again, Uniqlo saves the day (I'm so mad they're opening in Melbourne before Sydney, by the way). The shorts are from Glassons (where most of the bottom half of my wardrobe comes from). I'd been searching ages for denim shorts in the right wash that weren't distressed which I could actually sit down comfortably in (you would think that last point would be a more common feature). I sized up and they're perfect.

January 25, 2014

Munich

To be honest, we didn't plan Munich that well, so we didn't spend our time very wisely. It's a lovely city, but I didn't really get a sense of what its identity is (well apart from beer and beer gardens, but I'm sure there's more... right?). I feel like it would be a good place to live, though.


The New Town Hall with the famous glockenspiel. At 11, the clock chimes and these little figures come out and do this whole jousting thing. It's pretty cute actually, better than the Astronomical clock in Prague.


People surfing in fake waves in 3 degree weather in the English Gardens. Really awesome.




The English Gardens are quite nice and peaceful, I imagine it would be even better in the summer.




There was a Christmas market in the middle of it, where we ate bratwurst and drank gluhwein/punch.



We visited the Pinakothek der Moderne, a modern art museum. This exhibition was on African architecture.


You had to take your shoes off.





Then we headed over to Neue Pinakothek, which has 18th and 19th century art (there's also a third one, Alte Pinakothek, which we didn't have enough time for).


We really liked this one, they have a few famous artworks but the place was really empty and we could enjoy everything without being pushed around by crowds.


We also took a day trip to Neuschwanstein castle. It's in Fussen, a two hour train ride out of Munich.


Hohenschwangau castle, which is in the same town.


A beautiful lake nearby. The scenery around here is gorgeous.








As you can see we didn't get the iconic view of the castle, because we didn't have time after doing a tour inside. I sort of regret doing that tour, because the interior isn't that impressive.

Even though I don't think I've sold Berlin or Munich that well, I did have a good time in both! I'm keen to see more of Germany in the future, any suggestions?

January 22, 2014

Prague ii

See part i here.

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The castle side is sort of like the Montmartre of Prague. Hilly, staircases, good views and super charming.


We went to Strahov Monastery, which has this interesting museum sort of thing and two amazing libraries. No pictures though, unfortunately, but have a look on Google.

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Right in front of it is this amazing panoramic view of Prague.

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We also visited Loreta.

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As the sun set we made our way to the Petřín Lookout tower. The view from it is amazing, but going up/down is terrifying if you have an issue with heights (as we both do).

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... and then my camera battery finally gave out. Good effort, though.

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The next day, we visited the Jewish Quarter and visited the synagogues and museums there.

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The Old Jewish Cemetery, which has 10 layers of graves as there was limited space.

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Back through Old Town Square.

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We started walking down the riverside.

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Down to Dancing House. Apparently it was made like this to preserve the neighbouring building's view.

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We sat with hot chocolates and watched the sun set.

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I love the swans in the river, they're perfect for this city.

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One last look at the Old Town Christmas markets.