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Date: Wednesday, July 23, 1958
Place: Munich, Germany
Weather: Cool

I must have had too much sleep last night ’cause I sure hated to get up this morning and later on I wished I hadn’t. We left our boon-docks town early to get into Munich for our tour but first we went to get mail. Wish I could have skipped my letter from Bill. That post-card I sent him as a joke really made him mad. You just can’t win! (Guess I should have realized that he is busy studying). His Excuse.

The tour wasn’t very exciting ’cause it rained most of the time. We went to the town hall to watch the chimes – figures that move around. The tournament scene was novel – the second time around one knight knocked another off his horse. Cheers!

New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), Munich, Germany

New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), Munich, Germany. Image courtesy of caruba via a Creative Commons license.

Our German guide was really bossy. (Didn’t care for him either!) Those figures were all life-sized. After that we went out to some palace, and were warned to step on the rugs and not on the floor! Had lunch at the Rathscellar and was starved as usual eating everything in sight from the hard-rolls to the apple tart dessert.

Sue and I took long enough to call Jim and Dick and said we would meet them at 6:00 at the Hofbrauhaus. We looked around in the shops – got another spoon ($1.67), and two slides. The Germans are really bad news – don’t think they’re too fond of the Americans – maybe it’s because 65% of their city was destroyed in the War.

Soon after lunch we got hungry again as usual, so we hurried to a cafe for chocolate cake and coffee. We sat with this German man who was really a panic. Sue and I talked to him in English, French, and German!

On to the Hofbrauhaus in a taxi but no sign of Jim and Dick. We almost panicked, and had just gone down to look for them when they saw us. (they had been touring the place – sure is large and so are the beers!) Never was so glad to see anyone in my life. We each had a huge mug of beer (a little less than a quart!) then to another place for dinner (ham and french fries) complete with floor show all in German! Jim and Dick have a Ford in Germany, really neat – we went to Club 15 and danced, was it crowded! And then home at 2:15, after making out!

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel is located in the tower balcony of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) in Munich, Germany. This chiming clock has been in operation since 1908. It is the largest glockenspiel in Germany and the fourth largest in Europe, with 43 bells and 32 life-sized mechanical figures. Daytime performances take place 2-3 times a day, depending on the time of year.

The glockenspiel is comprised of two levels, each commemorating an event in Munich’s history and folklore. The top tier recounts the 1568 wedding of Duke Wilhelm V (founder of the Hofbräuhaus) and Renata of Lorraine. In honor of the couple, 18 figures dance and two knights on horseback joust, with Bavaria besting Austria every time.

The second tier shows the Cooper’s Dance (Schäfflertanz). Legend has it that this dance was performed by barrel makers in defiance of an incidence of the black plague in 1517. The entire performance lasts approximately 15 minutes and ends with the three chirps of a rooster.

Another shorter show can be seen at 9 p.m. The Münchner Kindl (child-monk) is blessed by the Angel of Peace and the Night Watchman of Munich sounds out the evening curfew.

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