When I first met Trish back in March in Tokyo, literally on day 2 of knowing each other she goes - "so a big group of us are going to Oktoberfest this year...you should come." She already knew what kind of traveler I was - and 6 months later of course I was on that trip! Not too much to write about this portion of our 10 day trip...mostly just dirndle shopping and lots of beer in heavy steins that made for a great arm workout!
We arrived in Munich, after our quick flight over from Berlin - ate some lunch and then headed over to Marienplatz.
A beautiful day in Marienplatz
EJ and Trish in front of Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall)
Walking through Marienplatz
Our most critical task of the day...dirndle shopping! Near Marienplatz there were a couple shops and thankfully our entire group found something to wear.
So many choices!
Shopping complete...of course we had to treat ourselves to beer at Hofbrauhaus afterwards!
Group photo - exhausted after shopping
Cheers to Munich!
And finally...the day has arrived! Oktoberfest!!
We spotted the Oktoberfest beer carriage
Holger and Darcy walking into Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest fair grounds
Had to get some photos in our new outfits first
Our group all dressed up and ready to enter the Schottenhamel tent!
Just the girls - in our new dirndles
Trish and EJ
Let the drinking begin! We had tickets to the Schottenhamel tent and spent the first half of our day there. Standing on the tables, drinking beer, eating the most amazing rotisserie chicken and singing along with the band!
At our reserved tables
The Schottenhamel Tent
Jen about to get kicked out (thankfully for only 20 mins) after proclaiming to drink her entire beer! Celebrity for the day!
Another group photo. And look - we got Jen back as promised!
Beer and laughs, what more do you need
Shelly and Trish
Jen, Will, Angela, Stephanie, Eliot and Shelly
Holger, Darcy and Trish
Holger and Trish
Darcy and Holger
EJ, Darcy and Trish
Katie, Will, Jen, Stephanie, Angela, Trish, Eliot and Shelly
A day for the memory books!!
...and 6 hours later - a little fresh air and day light was in order! Off to explore the Oktoberfest fair grounds.
Trish copying the statue
Um...don't get arrested Trish!
Glad we're splitting this!
Who are we kidding - time for more beer! One more tent visit to wrap up our Oktoberfest experience.
Enjoying a last drink at Oktoberfest
Holger - making sure everyone had a good time at Oktoberfest!
Auf Wiedersehen Munich!
"Hair of the Dog"....totally legit and needed the day after Oktoberfest.
EJ in Marienplatz
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