Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Sightseeing

Waking from naps
Storytime with Daddy Playtime with Daddy
Gerrit and Oma build a tower
Uh Oh!

A bit more excitement with a few more outings. While Gerard worked, Oma, Opa, Gerrit, Willem, and I explored Munich a bit. We visited the Sea Life Aquarium one day and ate lunch in Olympia Park. Gerrit loved the geese that were there and was perfectly content to sit and watch them until he saw a little Jack Russell Terrier chase them. He decided that looked much more fun. The Sea Life Aquarium was quite pricey considering its small size, but it was perfect for the likes of Gerrit who absolutely adores fish. When we first arrived he was absolutely obsessed with Finding Nemo and although he has moved on to other obsessions, he still loves his fish. He was thrilled to see clown fish, blue tangs, sharks, jelly fish, star fish, and manta rays- all his favorites from the movie. Of course he did call all the clown fish Nemo and all the tangs Dory, but it was an afternoon well spent.
Olympia Park Tower Shark Nemo
Dory
A "Gerrit" Fish?

Dory We had so much fun eating our lunch at the Olympia Park that we chose to go back to the same spot for the lunch the next day before going to the BMW Museum. We went to what we THOUGHT was the BMW Museum. Turned out that it was something called BMW World, a hoity-toity place showroom of sorts. Here is what I found written about it on an English website: "Rather than picking up a new car at a local dealership, drivers who pay a little extra for the privilege will come here to take delivery of their vehicle, finding it bathed in a spotlight and rotating on a turntable." We must have looked very out of place, dressed as we were, but then again, it is open to the public so I'm sure they are used to having "lookie-loos." We'll have to try to hunt down the real BMW Museum for comparison purposes.
Crossing the bridge to BMW Welt

Gerard and his folks also visited
Schloss SchleiƟheim in Oberschleissheim. The palace used to be the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, but it has since been opened to the public and houses several baroque art paintings in various rooms.
The Palace is waaaaayyyy in the distance We also visited one of Mad King Ludwig's fairy tale castles again, Neuschwanstein, and this time we were able to tour the inside. Unfortunately, I do not have any interior photos as we were unable to take pictures inside. Gerard's folks are now in The Netherlands visiting a cousin of Gerald's. Gerrit has really been missing them and so have I so we'll be happy to have them here for another week or so. They return tomorrow, and true to form we have no information on their return flight. I figured I'd pick them up at the airport and I'm hoping I get more info about when their flight comes in. See people... by the time you come visit, I'll have this whole "airport thing" down. :)
The courtyard
Gerrit and I are down at the bottom

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