Saturday, 20 August 2011

Thursday Early Start and Germany!

So we had a very early start on Thursday.  Our flight was at 6.55am, so we had a 4.15 rise and a 5.15 shuttle bus to catch to Stansted.  As you can see, neither Joe nor I are usually early risers.

Breakfast was a classy pret a manger!  Joe's sheer delight to find a pret at quarter to six in the morning was something to behold! He loves his flat whites. That and a tasty egg and tomato baguette and smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich later, we were both a little more awake.

A good pret breakfast - sandwiches and two super strong flat whites!
This was who I sat next to on the flight.  How did he manage to sleep like that!
Arriving at Memmingem airport
 We landed at Memminhem at about 9.30, minus a Colin, Michael's best man.  Colin was meant to be on the flight with us, but texted at 6.06 to say he had just woken up! Needless to say he missed the flight and embarked on an adventure to make it to Germany with new plans...!

After introductions to the Maier family (thanks for having us Verner and Zita), it was a trip into Ulm for some savory pancake delights! (these are Joe's words now, so not quite as descriptive as Jo's!!)

The restaurant

The first weiss beers of the trip
Savory pancake one
Savory pancake two
Joe and Tom - for once I haven't made him cry!
Jo and Tom
It was then a wander around the city which is beautiful and right on the Danube. 
This is where the Hunter piggy went to market
Peace and quiet
The symbol of Ulm
Cheap as chips (but quality) ice creams - 90 cents each! - Mum and daughter

The pride of Ulm is the Münster. This cathedral boasts the highest church steeple in the world, 161.5 meters. It dominates the town and symbolized Ulm's independence, prestige, and wealth. Construction began three hours after sunrise on June 30, 1377, and finished on May 31, 1890.
The best man - the late arrival did well to get to the wedding after missing his flight. Apparently he is was up till 6am partying with 7 midgets - it's about priorities I guess.

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