Very little had prepared me for an experience of a Beer Tent at Oktoberfest. It is the largest party in the world.
Prezels the size or steering wheels, Huge Lebkuchen Hearts with a variety of messages hung from your neck and litres and litres of traditional Bavarian beer.
So how do you get into a tent in Oktoberfest without relatives who have contacts with a brewery?
Don’t go at the start or end of the festival.
Don’t go on a weekend if you can help it early weekdays are best.
Arrive very early Tents open at 10:00 and can be full by 10:15
Be prepared to wait hours to get into a tent.
If you can’t get into a tent try a beer garden. Their are both tents and gardens.
You can have an awful lot of fun without going into the tents and there is a variety of family fun available. One of the most uniquely Munich things we did was the Teufelsrad or Devil’s Wheel which has been part of Oktoberfest since 1910.
To survive the Devils Wheel you need to have a strong sense of balance a good start position on the wheel and some good luck. I tried my hand at the wheel and well I don’t think the two litres of beer before hand helped my chances and I was flung off in quite short order. But my niece Morgan did far better surviving to be the last girl on the wheel. (Being 10 at the time he was also far more sober then I )
Also an attire suggestion. Don’t buy one of these hats. You’ll just look like an idiot.
But there is one place this isn’t true: Sea Island and YVR and to be fair to Translink they do mention this on there Canada Line YVR AddFare page. But these passes are not FareSaver tickets then. WHICH IS HORRIBLE MARKETING on the part of translink. Other then the specific AddFare page on Translink’s website there is little to no mention of this change on any other page.
The AddFare Zone is not new either. It’s been around since the opening of the line in 2009. But those who used the FareSavers were except from the extra fare and you still are if you use the paper ticket.
On our way we passed the Bridgeport Station and drove the extra 1.5km to the Templeton Station. In doing that we crossed into the AddFare Zone and I added $5 to my fair. Which came to a total of $7.10 from Richmond to Downtown Vancouver.
I was shocked, very annoyed and felt Translink had wronged me because “hey my FareSaver tickets never did this to me. They told me this was the same. It’s not.”
.@TransLink you charged me $7.10 to go from Templeton Station to Downtown WHY????? We're going to need to have a talk about this.
I understand that Translink wants to charge more to the Airport. Cities all over do the same thing. I have no problem paying more to go to the Airport, it’s very convenient. But I wasn’t going to or coming from the Airport. I wasn’t going out of my way to use this station.
On our way to Munich and Octoberfest we travelled down the Rhine counting the castles along the way.
We stopped at a little town of Sankt Goarshausen which is near the famous rock cliff of Lorelei to purchase some wine for our relatives who are hosting us in Munich.
The town was nestled up against a cliff face, we got off the highway and parked up against the river. Once walked across the highway and entered the town we encountered streets that were little bigger then sidewalk between the buildings.
We found a Weinstube in the “wine cellar” of a building.
This little old lady was filling corking a couple bottles of wine for us to bring to our relatives. (She was very nice but the only sharp photo I have is the one of her not smiling) I went to check out the tunes on the old skool jukebox and there I found the largest of all German stereotypes, David Hasselhoff! We didn’t have time to throw a couple of euro’s in the juke box We had to get to Munich!
Oh the unique experiences of a road trip down the Rhine in Germany.
Being treated to a DTM race at the Nurburgring during my european vacation by my brother. On our arrival we both saw a number of vehicles with the a Nurburgring sticker on them, with both my brother and I being fans of Top Gear. I said,
“I’ll give you 10 Euro’s if you can find a Dacia Sandero with a Nurburgring sticker on it. “
Less then a minute later my brother laughs out loud and points! HA! Yes in the thousands of a cars in the parking lot at the GP track a Dacia Sandero with a Nurburgring sticker sits in front of us. I paid up and can only imagine what James May would be saying.
The TLDR version of this post. I went to Courseulles Sur Mer in France, It was awesome you should go too (Image gallery at the end of the post).
I came to Courseulles Sur Mer because I wanted to visit the beaches of Normandy. I felt it was important to see sacrifices Canadians had made for my freedom.
Arriving in Courseulles Sur Mer late due to the cheezies tornado I didn’t get to see much that first night. (Use the jet lag to your advantage and watch the sun rise over June Beach, I was not disappointed ) After breakfast the next morning a walk around the community. It’s a small coastal community (much like home) and to a tourist / foreigner it’s like everything you would expect to see in a small seaside fishing village of the coast of northern France.
From the fish mongers / poissonniers selling fresh seafood on the dock, to the farmers market on the weekend to Chipie Plage, a cute little shack that lets you rent a bike for 8 euro’s a day.
I had heard before my trip that the people of Normandy wanted to leave the war behind that they didn’t want to remember everything that was the war they wanted to return to their lives on the small coastal villages.
Well after visiting I can only say well that’s why Canadians landed here so many years ago! To help return the French to there way of life.
To completely forget the war had ever happened and not remember the past, I really don’t think so and didn’t see any evidence of that in any of my travels along the coast. I saw as many french and I did foreigners taking in the historic lessons of the area.
Like may other tourists I spilt my time between studying the history of the D-Day landing and enjoying the beach and relaxation of this amazing resort area.
I even met a fellow laser sailor who allowed me to sail his laser for about half an hour just off beach. That never would have happened without google translator.
I’ve barely spoke a word of French since grade 9 in high school ( 25 years ago) and their are very few residents of the community who speak English. But after day three it was amazing what I was able to pick up. Even if it was only meaning and not the words.
I stayed at La Pecherie and would highly suggest this hotel to anyone. They were awesome to deal with and attended to my every need. Read my trip advisor review for more info.