After we went to
Bonn, we headed up to Cologne to find our hotelâ€¦.now THAT was an ordeal. First
of all, it was not a matter of getting LOST per-se, but more a lack of detailed
maps, and those that were detailed did not say which roads were pedestrian and
which were available for use by vehicles. This caused a bit of a problem when
looking for streets to turn onto, which were nowhere to be found. After about a
half an hour of frustrated driving and map reading (as I sat in the back of the
car without a map or a driving apparatus, and read Ausias March) we decided to
just pull into the next parking ramp and find it on foot (since we knew it was
by the Dom and therefore, we had to be close).
Turns out we picked the perfect
garage, which led us straight up to the street that we wanted! It was about a
turn or so until we found the street the hotel was onâ€¦but difficult to find the
door to the hotel as it was situated in a niche between two restaurants, that
could easily have been mistaken for a wall between the bistros. Once we checked
in, we brought our bags up to the awful room and decided we would spend as
little time as possible there. We hit the streets in order to check out the Dom
and another famous church nearby, as well as accidentally coming across the
town hall and taking some photos as well. After this, we went to the Hard Rock
cafĂ© and got a shirt and some appetizers. Then, we thought about how we didn't
really want to see much in Munich
, and more or less would rather spend our time
in the most southern part of Germany and scope out castlesâ€¦so we decided it was
time for a hotel change.
We knew we had to call tonight in order to make sure
there was no cancellation penalty, but we had to find a new hotel in Fussen
We walked and walked
and could not find an internet cafĂ© ANYWHERE! (unlike in Italy!). We finally
decided to check and see if this super-nice hotel right off the Dom had
wireless we could tap into later once I got my laptopâ€¦turns out they had a
business center. Yes, the internet was pricey, but we didn't really have much
of a choice. We got online, found a hotel wrote the info down, and went back to
the hotel to call the Munich establishment to cancelâ€¦only to find out that you
had to do it online! Well, we had no internet at this point, and it would be a
bit sketch to go back to the other hotel again (considering we weren't guests
thereâ€¦) so we called dad back in the states to see if he could cancel the
reservation and book the new hotel.
Well, he wasn't at home, he was at my
aunt's house (of courseâ€¦because it's Easter). So we decided to call him back
after he logged on and took it from there. It took a little while, but we
finally got it all sorted. After this long ordeal it was time for dinner. We went
outside and walked along leisurely, doing a little window shopping on the way.
Then we came across an Italian cafĂ© with gelato! Oh, I was so excitedâ€¦we went
inside and got dessert before dinner, and the guy who served us spoke Italian!
I was so happy to be able to use my Italian again, mostly because every time
someone asks me something in German I want to answer in a foreign language, so
I usually revert to Italian or Spanish instead of English or German (as if I
know much of anything to say in German)! Manâ€¦I need helpâ€¦lol. Anyway, I got my
Italian fix and later, we even went to an Italian Bistro for some yummy pasta.
Yes yesâ€¦don't get mad we're eating Italian in Germanyâ€¦Germans do it all the
time. Anyway, now we're back in the hotel and did some packing/shifting of
items and wrote some postcards. Early day tomorrow as we head off to Aachen
perhaps a little of Belgium? We shall see!