Germany Day 16 – Picnic lunch in an English Garden

Sunday Sept 16, 2018 – Munich

The last week has been such a blur of activities that I haven’t had the time to write at all. Today I told Keshav and Anu that till I write my blogs am not doing anything else :). Today being Sunday and since we are in Germany, it was a day spent in leisure.

We had breakfast at a nearby cafe and walked all the way to the Nymphenburg castle/palace, “Castle of the Nymph”. The palace was the main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria. This is a massive palace with really huge gardens and a large lake etc. There was a canal keeping us company till we reached the palace grounds. These had huge fishes much like the Ward Lake ones in Shillong.

Fishes in the canal
The Nymphenburg Castle/Palace lake

A large swan that walked out of the pond and happily posed for pics with people.
The newly bought selfie stick being used fully 🙂

We walked through the castle to the other side and there were these beautifully manicured gardens and several busts of a “king” on display. It seemed like it was a day of remembrance.

The beautiful lawns of the Nymphenburg palace

The Nymphenburg palace is about 3 kms from Keshav and Anu’s place. So we strolled back to our ice cream place, Sarcletti Eiscafe and ate ice creams. Anu got herself the largest looking sundae but ate only the strawberries and cream while Keshav ate the ice cream. This shop is a must for ice-cream lovers and also for ice-cream fence-sitters like me. It has been in existence since 1879 and every one of their flavours is “OUTSTANDING”. We had one lone wasp trying to pinch some sugary stuff off our cups and cones but we swatted it away.

We got back home and as planned, made the OPOS Biriyani to the taken as a picnic lunch to the “English Garden” or Englishcher Garten. This 910 acre park was created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson, later Count Rumford for Prince Charles, Elector of Bavaria. Massive is an understatement. Just to give you an idea of the size, the Lodhi Gardens in Delhi is over an area of 90 acres… the English Garden is 10 times bigger. While searching for information about the English Garden, I stumbled upon an interesting information – the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai is the sixth largest park in the world !!! How cool is that.

Anyway, today we went to the English Garden and spread our sheet over the lush green carpet of grass and sat down to eat. We stopped enroute to have some frozen yoghurt that was fresh and tasted like a high quality soft serve yoghurt ice-cream.

A picture that shows one tiny portion of the English Garden
The picnic lunch 🙂 and the selfie stick coming in handy. Krishnan is focussed on making sure he is holding up the stick and missed smiling fully. 

There were dogs playing in the open areas and I sat there wondering why we aren’t able to spend as much time outdoors in India. All of us city dwellers in India seem to spend time looking down on our phones and updating our FB status rather than just heading outdoors. There was a huge flock of ducks came out of the nearby pond in search of food.

Flock of ducks foraging for food along with some Ravens.
A nice picture using the selfie stick 🙂

From here we went towards the Chinese beer garden. The Chinesischer Turm beer garden is the second largest beer garden in Munich and has about 7,000 seats in the self-serviced area and about 500 seats in the serviced area. We didn’t go in but just stood around watching the fun. We managed to capture two horse driven carriages which had these really good looking horses.

These horse driven carriages are used for giving rides to people and there are also cycle rickshaws for the same thing. The cycle rickshaws are partially electric.

We then strolled around for some time before returning to the U-Bahn station. As we turned, we took a picture at Keshav’s favourite spot in the English Garden.

Got back home using the U-bahn :). While Krishnan and Keshav have gone out to pick up some groceries and Anu is busy cleaning up the place, I am writing my blogs as planned.

Yet another nice Sunday !


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