First stop in Munich was directly to the town center:  Glockenspiel.  This is the home of a GIANT cuckoo clock–literally.   Since I was mildly preoccupied with going to get one of those giant beers and admiring the ladies and gentlemen in lederhosen and dirndls across the town center–I didn’t know exactly what the significance of the Glockenspiel was (I know…real shocker)!  So, courtesy of Wikipedia…

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Munich is a tourist attraction in Marienplatz the heart of Munich.[1]

Part of the second construction phase of the New Town Hall, it dates from 1908. Every day at 11 a.m. (as well as 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. in summer) it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century to the amusement of mass crowds of tourists and locals. It consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. The top half of the Glockenspiel tells the story of the marriage of the local Duke Wilhelm V (who also founded the world famous Hofbräuhaus) to Renata of Lorraine. In honour of the happy couple there is a joust with life-sized knights on horseback representing Bavaria (in white and blue) and Lothringen (in red and white). The Bavarian knight wins every time of course.

And, the Glockenspiel was also the home to our first German beer at Oktoberfest.  In my mind, this was a pretty good omen to the rest of our weekend!  Bon Ap!

Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Lederhosen that I was dying to see more of!

And the dirndl that yours truly should have been sporting!

Best of both worlds: beer + Glockenspiel!

2 of my 5 guys...I loved boys weekend!

Here is the 3rd of my 5 guys..."Hi Denis!"

And of course...boys #4 and #5...Bachelor David and Hubby Dan.

My husband is VERY strong. I like him that way!

CHEERS...let the good times roll!


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