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Hofbrauhaus, Munich, Germany

Every trip to Munich should include a stop by the Hofbrahaus. Even if you don’t drink you should stop by to see the decor and get a feeling of old school Germany. I was amazed at the art on the ceiling. For some I thought the Hofbrahaus would be much bigger. Don’t get me wrong…it is big…but I had images in my head of it being more like the one in Las Vegas. Lol! We spent a little bit more tome there than what we thought we would. But, met some fun people. One couple joined us on our tour of castle Neuschwanstein the next day.

Love this big beer. Don’t like how I look in it! The weather is much drier than Florida. And I admit, we had been to a couple of other pubs before this one. It shows.

The locals have a table specially reserved for them. Next time…we are dressing up!

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Keukenhof (Tulips!)

Keukenhof, Holland is where the tulip garden is…about half hour away from downtown Amsterdam. Every year from mid March to mid May visitors are able to see almost 60 acres of where 7 million flower bulbs are planted. We were there May 1 and we noticed some of the tulips were done for the season. There are so many flowers you hardly notice some are gone. Advice if you go here…go as early as possible in the day. Around 11 am it is so crazy you can hardly walk. We were glad to leave. I have never seen so many tour buses! Hope you enjoy the pictures. I did not use a filter on the pictures with flowers in them. 🌷. A couple of more days in Germany and then we head back to the US. Straight to a conference in San Antonio.

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Mainz, Germany 2019

Matthias is off to work. I have time to post some pics from the weekend. We were just in Mainz September last year so there will be an additional post for the 2018 trip.

Friday night we walked around Mainz. We stopped by a cute old restaurant hoping they would be serving white asparagus…and they were. It was a small restaurant run by a cute couple in their 70’s? The Mrs. recommended that we order ham and potatoes with our asparagus. It was the best meal I have ever had in Germany. We continued our night walking around the city and came across a wine festival. We met some new friends there. After a couple of hours we decided to go back to the hotel. We were hoping to get up early and drive to Munich. We were not on the road as early as we hoped.

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Review – Doha, Qatar

 

FAVVES is not only about favorites, it is also about Reviews and Wish Lists.

Three years ago we visited Dubai and Doha. Doha is the capital of Qatar.  My boyfriend has spent quite a bit of time in Doha on a project in the past, so he was the perfect tour guide.  I highly recommend Qatar Airways.  I would say that is one of the cleanest and most updated plane I have ever been on.  The main airport in Doha is Hamad International.  It is a very clean and safe airport.  

I loved this trip.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from Doha.  I was surprised to find this city charming, safe and full of history.  Ladies make sure to dress modestly and you won’t have any problems. Also public displays of affection are not a good idea.  

Standing next to Dhows for rent. Diplomatic area of Doha behind us.

Map of Doha and Dubai

img_3536Official mascot Orry the Oryx on the Corniche. Official mascot of the 2006 Asian Games, now being used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Bid Ladies that lunch. Qatari women are not allowed to drink. In fact alcohol is only served in hotels. So instead of drinking, many Qataris smoke Dokha or Shisha.  Unlike Shisha,  Dokha is not cured with molasses. Dokha has higher concentration of nicotine compared to other forms of tobacco.

Souq Waqif

A must visit area is the Souq Waqif.  It is a market with a labyrinth of stores.  I was so impressed with the colorful spice stores.  You definitely get the feel of the history and culture of Qatar. Although it dates back a couple of hundred years, it was updated in 2006 to traditional Qatari architectural style.  It would be the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine to people watch…if only wine was allowed.  

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Villagio Mall

We also stopped by the Villagio Mall. I am not much for shopping, but was told this is a mall you have to see.  I felt like we were at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.  As we followed the canals thru the mall we were in awe of much it looked like the Venetian.  Painted ceilings to look like the sky were unbelievable.  Canals with Gondola rides.  Was Villagio to duplicate Venice or the Venetian?  Hard to say…worth stopping by this mall.

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Hyatt Doha

We are Hilton Honors members.  We were pleasantly surprised we were upgraded to the penthouse suite.  Floor to ceiling views of Doha and the marina.  It was breathtaking.  The room smelled a little of smoke.  I am guessing there has been quite a few parties in this suite.  An interesting fact with Hilton Honors programs, usually the hotel uses the top floor or a floor close to the top for the Hilton Honors members.  This is an area to enjoy views, breakfast, cocktails or just catch up on work.  It is definitely a perk of staying at HIlton.  

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Four Seasons

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Favorite Romantic Memory

I will never forget a couple of years ago when my boyfriend took me to visit his hometown in Germany. It was a little village outside of Frankfurt. On one of the days we went on a road trip. I had no idea where we were going. We ended up in Salzburg, Austria. Such a romantic couple of days. We did our best to fit in as much as possible on our trip. The best surprise was adding our lock to the collection of love locks on the bridge downtown. We also walked by Mozart’s place. Another favorite was driving up in to the maintains in to the Wolfgangsee area. I will write another blog about our favorites there.