La Vie en Transit

#003: Guten Tag!

Munich, Germany
30 July — August 3 2014

The flight up to Munich was such a lovely one! The 12 hours felt like a 4 hour flight and I was really excited to conquer the city having planned my itinerary for the precious 48 hours I had.

It was around noon when I found out that there were some problems with the subway (.. accident, death, faulty track?), had to changed my plan of going to Nymphenburg Palace to the following day.

Had Bratwurst with Sauerkraut with German Beer (of course) at Hofbräuhaus München for lunch and headed to Marienplatz/New Town Hall for sight seeing! Absolutely love how the pink flowers adorned the Gothic architecture.

Inside St. Peter’s Church, 1 minute walk away from Marienplatz.
To get the Bird’s Eye View of the town area, it’s 2€ and about 300 steps up St. Peter Church’s Bell Tower. Well worth the money and energy. (PS/ Bring a bottle of water.)

HeliggeistKirche (Church of the Holy Spirit) was right beside St. Peter’s. I knew there was an origami installation going on but I was still floored when I entered the Church. Easily the most beautiful Church I’ve ever seen. There were lots of greeneries which complemented the interior. My photographs can’t do any justice to the beautiful, you gotta be there to experience the beauty of the Church.

Planned to catch the Rathaus-Glockenspiel which starts at 5pm, so I had about an hour in between. Missed the turn at Liebfrauenstraße and walked all the way to St. Michael’s Church which I didn’t plan to visit. Love the high alter and baroque architecture.

Walked over to FrauenKirche (Church of Our Lady) to see the “Devil’s Footprint”. Was really lucky because they closed the gate shortly after. This is also the only Church that had stained glass.

The Rathus-Glockenspiel was quite a disappointment for me. If you didn’t manage to catch it, there really isn’t much to lose out on. It’s just bells and life-sized figurines moving around. You can catch it on YouTube too, full HD zoom included.

TheatinerKirche (Theatine Church of St. Cajetan) is further down from Marienplatz, I had trouble finding the entrance to the Church because there were major construction going on. (Yellow structure in the first picture.)

I would have paid another 2€ to climb St. Peter’s Bell Tower to catch the sunset. But the sun doesn’t set until around 1930-2000hrs and the tower closes at 1900hr.

Bought some cherry tomatoes and strawberries on my way back to the hotel. The tomatoes were so sweet and delicious but the strawberries were disappointing.

My guide to the Churches in Munich using Google Maps. 5 Churches in half a day, time well-spent I guess? Next post on my visit to Nymphenburg Palace!

All photos taken by Canon 650D/iPhone.

#002: Down Under

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Adelaide, South Australia
12 July — 13 July 2014

Red eye flight to Adelaide. No sleep but managed to catch the sunrise onboard. What an absolute beauty. (Unfortunately, there’s no photo.. next time!)

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Outside the Adelaide Parliament House

When I landed, it was freaking 8°. I am not well-travelled and this is the coldest I have been to. Having not prepared well for my London trip, I did research on what to do and the places to visit.

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First stop: Mortlock Wing, State Library of South Australia
It was about 5-7 minutes walk away from where I stayed and boy it was cold. Bearable cold with the sun brightly shining.

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It was such an incredible and humbling experience to be standing in front of the 130 year old library and museum. Reminds me how far I’ve come and the difference a year can make. Spent a good 30 minutes there. Shame I didn’t have a good camera to do the library justice.

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A bridge between modern architecture and the French Renaissance.
(Outside State Library of South Australia.)

Had lunch at Two Bits Villains which was located in Adelaide Arcade, one of the places I planned to visit. Ordered a Sloppy Joe and a rose mint tea. The burger was horrible but the tea was lovely. Overall, disappointing experience.

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Since it was the weekends, the shops and supermarkets closes at 5pm. There wasn’t much I can do besides going back to the library again (lol). I’m glad I made the decision to go back because while walking pass Bonython Hall, University of Adelaide, there was a couple taking wedding photos which was so beautiful! Another couple was taking photos in the library too but it was quite annoying because I can’t take photos.

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Bonython Hall by day and night.

For dinner, I planned for some smoked Goolwa Pipis at Street ADL by Jock Zonfrillo but can’t seem to find it on the menu. The place was packed so I skipped that. Headed opposite to San Churros for some Churros. Since dinner is ridiculously expensive here, I settled for Churros for Two and mojito which I brought back home.

Overall, Adelaide was a wonderful experience although the weather was a little too cold for comfort. If I have the chance again, I will revisit the State Library with a proper camera in hand.

Food here is expensive. And the airport is so strict with carriage of food items. Maybe I’ll try the Thai restaurant at Blythe Street the next time I’m here or I’ll just whip up a meal from the supermarket. Whole chicken for 9AUD? Sounds like an idea.

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#001: First time in London!

London, England
02 July — 05 July 2014

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The 13 hours day flight was tiring, managed to get only an hour of sleep in between. Stayed around Shepherd’s Bush area, that place is beautiful. Had my first meal at Thai restaurant, Busaba Eathai. Ordered a spicy Tomyam Talay (Seafood with vermicelli noodles) and Lemongrass Tea; tea was decent but the dish was horrible and that was £7.50. Myojo or Nissin cup noodles’ broth beats them hands down.

Lesson #1: Never have Asian food in Western country, you’re better off with Fish & Chips.

The following day, headed to the Mayfield Lavender Farm. Took an overground to West Croydon (Overground) then Bus 166 at the bus terminal which was over an hour’s ride. An English lady on the bus was kind enough to tell us which bus stop to alight even though we know the bus stop (Oaks’ Park).

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When you get out of the overground, you’ll see this pretty shop house. Take a left and turn left at the junction to the bus terminal.

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Spent about an hour or two there. They were selling all sorts of Lavender-infused items; oils, cupcakes, ice cream, scones, etc. Ordered a Lavender-Elderflower soda drink which was absolutely refreshing and delightful (must try!). Also bought the ice cream and a Lavender Lemonade which wasn’t too bad.

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Headed to Marble Arch to shop at Primark, the shoes and bags are so affordable! Walked around Oxford Street, spotted this very cute Magnum display at Selfridges. Something funny happened when I was taking this photo.

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Wanted to try Burger’s & Lobsters so badly, I took the tube to Knightsbridge. Delightful dinner, perfect way to end my night in London. Shame I didn’t walk further down to Harrods since I didn’t research much about Knightsbridge area (What was I thinking?!).

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Final hours of London.. Early morning walk around the perimeters of Westfield. (Above photos are two of my favourites from the trip!) Had breakfast, did a little shopping and 13 hours later. Finally, home.

Overall, I love London! There’s are too many things to do, too little time! Hopefully my next trip will include Duck & Waffle and maybe London Bridge since it’s near the restaurant.. or Big Ben, Westminister, Tower Bridge, Portobello Market, Camden Market, Jamie’s Italian (and the list goes on and on and on). It’s a shame the transport is so expensive! It was about £20 travelling to and fro the places.