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Departure Arrival & First Day

Munich, September 1 & 2

Germany & Austria 2013

Sun/Mon - Sep 1, 2

The plane that will take us to London leaves London at 11:35am their time and arrives DFW at 3:45, on time. Just some background information.

W got to security at 4pm and there was nobody there. Each of us had our own TSA feeler-upper. we also learned that our Global Entry cards, while covering us when we return home do nothing for International outbound. So the usual belts, shoes and Ziplocs apply. The exception we are told is domestic. For that you can stay dressed, keep your shoes on, etc. But, we were done in 3 minutes.

So we eat and go to the gate. At 6pm they start boarding. At 6:10 they stop. They have discovered just then that the plane, a 747, has a flat tire. they didn't notice it for the three prior hours. They deboard everyone. But 45
minutes later it's fixed and we leave just 45 minutes late. There were a bunch of children in our cabin, including one newborn on the bulkhead but surprisingly not a peep and we were able to sleep, or at least a close approximation to it. We arrived London just 30 minutes late.

From then on things go normal and being Platinum really pays off as British Air has a Fast Track process and we avoid some fairly long lines at security, because even though we are on the air side and with bags checked through to Munich they route you to another security checkpoint.

The flight Munich is short, 90 minutes, and the 8 month baby sitting in its mother's lap in the middle seat right next to Karen has the cutest smile even when screaming like a banshee.

We also liked arriving in Munich and collecting our bags. We got one of them then after 20 minutes the convey or stopped and a supervisor announced that there were no more bags. He did call to find out why a dozen people were missing bags, but with no answer had us start filling out the missing bag and customs declaration form, which had no place to tell them where to deliver the baggage to once found, except your home. God has a sense of humor. About three minutes later some guy pushing a dolly had about a dozen bags stacked on it, including ours. We were out of there fast and off to the S-Bahn train to Munich with some help from the couple who sat next to Karen with the screaming kid although truthfully it didn't bother her because she was ao cute and smiled at her all the time. They live in Munich and were going to the same train invited us to follow them.

About 30 minutes later we were under Hilton and in our room by 5:15.

A quick unpack, freshen up, and out. It was a bit cloudy and had rained earlier, and only 17 degrees C, (68 F), but otherwise nice. Quick two stop train to Marienplatz for some walking and gawking, and identifying the routes we'll follow tomorrow. Then dinner as we hadn't eaten since breakfast.

Nice Italian place where I got to practice my miniscule German mixed with Italian with our waiter who spoke both fluently. This time Karen did not get Pizza, instead a Spaghetti Bolognese while I got a Frito Misto, and both came with nice sized salads, tea and wine. Finished off dinner with a Tiramisu and a fruit torte.

Walked around some more but by 8pm it was obvious we had had it so we returned to finish the unpacking, wash, and get ready for sleep after the blog work.

So, tomorrow's forecast is sunny and Wednesday and Thursday mid 80's.

No pictures tonight.

Guten Nacht y'all.

Posted by MikeandKaren 12:34

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Sounds like several things that could have gotten you in a bad way - didnt !! I hope you are going to have someGerman food, ja?

by Jon Battle

Flat tires, crying babies, but still a pretty good trip. We're glad you have arrived safe and sound. As always, we enjoy your blog. Look forward to some photos. I&J.

by Joel & Ina


by MikeandKaren

For a baby to be screaming extensively, and for you guys to appreciate the cuteness in spite of the noise, is profound!!! That baby had to be equal to the cuteness of Panda!
Like others have mentioned here, you guys were so lucky to arrive and get settled reasonably well, after all the mishaps ! Will look forward to your updates!

by Paula

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