October 10-12: Travel and a day on our own in Munich

Wednesday/Thursday - October 10 -11 Travel
Andy drove us to the airport. It was an uneventful flight on Lufthansa made easier because we could exchange our two aisle seats for four just for ourselves. We got in to Frankfurt mid-morning and had no trouble on our connector to Munich.
We took the Lufthansa bus to the Hauptbahnhof (to avoid stairs with the S-bahn) and then a taxi a very short distance to the hotel.

The hotel was the Kings First Class Hotel on Dachauer Strasse and was very comfortable. We rested up a bit since we hadn't slept well on the planes, and then went up the street to a very nice Persian restaurant (Dehbaschi) where we had lamb and chicken shish-ke-bab in large quantity. Then off to bed for a very good sleep.

Friday October 12 - Munich
Up for a hearty breakfast and then off on foot for the Alte Pinachotek to see the old masters. Near the hotel there is a complex of museums. First we went through a memorial archway called the Propylaeon, then past the Glyptothek, or Sculpture Museum, and the State Museum of Antiquities. A little further were the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek with the 19th C. works, and the Pinakothek der Moderne.

We plunged into the Alte Pinakothek in the midst of a host of paintings by Rubens, which was a little overwhelming, but the collection as a whole was outstanding. We had a good lunch in a very attractive museum restaurant and then went back for more.

After that we took a leisurely way back to the hotel. We passed the Obelisk in Karolinen Platz. (The obelisk was erected in 1833 and honors the more than 30,000 Bavarian soldiers who gave their lives in Napoleon’s 1812 campaign against Russia.) Then we walked down the garden path along the Maximillians Platz to the Wittelsbach Fountain. (This was built in 1895 to celebrate the completion of a public water project!) Then we walked through the Old Botanical Garden back to the hotel back to the hotel.

There we found our Elderhostel partners in the lobby and joined them for a quick orientation tour of the neighborhood led by Thomas Abbot, our primary lecturer and guide. At 5 pm we met as a group. The IST director for German, Anette Isaacs, welcomed us and introduced Tom Abbott and Mareike Diller. The group leader. Tom Abbott turned out to be the mainspring of the program, a very knowledgeable art historian whose lectures were superb and who was a fine tour guide..
Mareike was a young, very attractive, and capable assistant to Tom in all matters. There were only 18 hostelers due to a number of cancellations. It was a good and cohesive group.

After this meeting we walked with the group to the Lehnbachplatz for dinner at the Kunstlerhaus, an attractive restaurant with excellent food.

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